How to tape tennis elbow

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“Tennis elbow” is the name given to an inflammation of the elbow bone, often occurring after one-sided strain. The cause is often monotonous, repetitive activities, such as certain sports (tennis), renovation or cleaning work, hedge trimming, etc. Such unilateral strain can overburden the extensor muscles of the forearm and, over time, lead to inflammation of the tendon attachment, which connects the muscles to the elbow bone. The result is a stabbing pain on the outside of the elbow that radiates into the forearm. This occurs in everyday situations, when grasping something, holding it, writing, etc. This taping application can help relieve the irritated tendon insertion and the overworked muscles.

The purpose of this tape is to support the elbow to reduce strain from the overworked muscles. By shifting the stress of the muscles, it allows the tendon to heal more quickly and efficiently. This method is simple to apply and when used in combination with rest, can reduce the severity of the symptoms exponentially. It is an effective and economical way to treat the pain caused by tennis elbow.

How to tape a tennis elbow

Tips for a good arm taping application:

  • Is the cause of the complaint or pain clear?
  • Check if there any contraindications for not taping.
  • Before you start taping, carefully read the instructions.
  • Choose a colour of tape, any colour that fits your mood!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Do not stretch the tape at the beginning and the end.
  • Rub the tape well for adhesion. Heat activates the adhesive layer.
  • Showering or swimming is possible, pat the tape dry after it gets wet. Do not rub it hard.
  • It is easier to remove the tape with body or massage oil.
Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your arm

In the self-taping instructions, I have chosen taping applications that are easy to apply yourself. In order to make this treatment safe, I give practical tips, which you should take into account before, during and after a tape treatment. They are based on my years of practical experience. If the complaints persist, always consult a therapist or doctor.

Christina Peter, Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor



Number of strips: 2.
Technique: muscle technique (slight pull).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Sit at a table and measure the first tape in a stretched position of the forearm, from the back of the hand to above the elbow. The elbow is stretched out, the wrist is bent downwards.
  2. For the second tape, measure from the elbow to the middle of the inside of the forearm.


Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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  1. Place the base on the back of the hand without stretching in a relaxed position of the wrist.
  2. Gently stretch the elbow and bend your wrist downwards.
  3. Apply the tape with a gentle stretch along the forearm towards the elbow and rub it gently.
  4. Place the base of the second tape without stretching at the level of the slightly bent elbow (outside). Gently secure the base.
  5. The tape is applied in one movement, slowly turning the arm outwards and stretching it simultaneously.
  6. During this movement, place the tape over the forearm with a slight stretch.
  7. Make sure there is no crease in the skin and rub the tape on well.

Learn how to tape

Want to learn how to apply tape yourself*? We have created the ultimate guide for that! This helpful guide contains:

  • 30 taping instructions for common injuries that taping can help you with
  • 176 pages of clear written instructions
  • 200 step-by-step instructions accompanied by photo’s, illustrations and scannable video’s through QR codes

What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!

*This book is intended for people who want to tape an injury or complaint themselves. If uncertain about the complaint, consult a physiotherapist.

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Please note that the indicated tape applications and information on our website about the possibilities with kinesiology tape have not yet been scientifically proven. The statements and examples mentioned are based on long-term experiences of patients and trained therapists.

Contraindications not to tape: pregnancy, open wounds, broken bones, unexplained complaints, allergies and skin diseases, use of medication such as blood thinners, thrombosis and fever. Always apply tape in consultation with a specialist.