Taping in Dance

Henry Lam - President of HKADMS & Registered Physiotherapist (HK)

Translation: Chloe Mo - Registered Physiotherapist (HK)

 28 February 2020

Hi all dancers, have you ever danced with elastic taping? What do you feel?


In order to apply the elastic taping when you are dancing or performing, try to learn the concept of the proximal and distal part of tape application and they are always referred to origin and insertion of the muscle group. Applying the tape from proximal to distal, it helps to facilitate the muscle contraction; while the first and the last 5% of the tape anchors apply on the skin with no stretch; the middle 90% (therapeutic zone) is stretched by 15-35% and applied smoothly on the skin.


If the tape is stretched 15-25% at the therapeutic zone and applied from distal to proximal, it helps to inhibit the muscle contraction. Elastic taping can also be used to protect the joint by giving the maximal stretch in the therapeutic zone.


Research already showed that elastic taping on dancers would help postural control, ankle stability, restricting in inversion motion and balance performance.


Shall we use elastic taping in dance or performance? Of course, we need more research to provide evidence of elastic taping on dance performance and injury prevention or its physiological effect on the body. One is true that lots of dancers prefer to use the elastic taping after their injury to provide more support and secure their joint, at least in the psychological point of view!


作者:林漢威先生 - 香港舞蹈醫學與科學學會主席、香港註冊物理治療師

​中文翻譯:巫柔潔 - 香港註冊身物理治療師












  1. Vinken, P.M., Henning, L. and Heinen, T., 2014. Short-term effects of elastic taping on dancer's postural control performance. Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine, 2(4)..

  2. Kovaleski, J.E., Botsis, A.E., Gurchiek, L.R., Ellis, D., Liu, W., Rooney, C. and Hollis, J.M., 2015. 32 Effects of kinesio® taping on ankle complex stability and dynamic postural control in female ballet dancers.

  3. Tekin, D., Agopyan, A. and Baltaci, G., 2018. Balance Training in Modern Dancers: Proprioceptive-Neuromuscular Training vs. Kinesio Taping. Med. Probl. Perform. Art, 33, pp.156-165.

  4. Hendry, D., Campbell, A., Ng, L., Grisbrook, T.L. and Hopper, D.M., 2015. Effect of M ulligan's and K inesio knee taping on adolescent ballet dancers knee and hip biomechanics during landing. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports, 25(6), pp.888-896.


Disclaimer Statement:

This article was accomplished by the author in his/her personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article do not reflect the view of the official statement of CUHK and HKADMS. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with an appropriate professional for specific advice related to your situation.

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