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Taping the LCL

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Taping your LCL can help by providing your injured tissue with additional support and protection. It can also work to relieve swelling by applying compression to your LCL throughout the day. Using sports tape (also called kinesiology tape and athletic tape) has been shown to prevent re-injury and even improve movement. Wearing tape during exercise is especially important, as it helps keep your tissue in place and prevents futher damage.


There are a variety of resources for taping online, including instructions on how to apply tape. Please try different applications for your LCL injury in order to find the one that works best for you. Here's an example below:


LCL Taping

Taping an LCL Tear

Option 1

  1. Position your knee at 90°.
  2. Take a full length piece of tape (about 10 inches long) and cut it in half, rounding the corners, so you have two pieces that are each about 5 inches in length.
  3. Take one of the 5 inch pieces of tape and tear the backing in the middle, peeling it away so you are holding onto the two anchor ends.
  4. Using 100% stretch in the middle and no stretch at the ends, apply the tape horizontally over the point of pain on the outside of your knee.
  5. Take the other 5 inch piece of tape and tear the backing in the middle, peeling it away so you are holding onto the two anchor ends.
  6. Using 80% stretch in the middle and no stretch at the ends, apply the tape on an angle over the first piece to create an “X”.
  7. Take a full length piece of tape (10 inches) and tear the backing off one end, anchoring it right below the “X” with no stretch.
  8. Apply the tape down over your point of pain with 80% stretch, bending it towards your thigh.
  9. Lay down the end of the tape with no stretch, then rub the tape in to ensure it sticks to the skin.
LCL Taping

Taping an LCL Tear

Option 2

  1. Take a full length piece of tape (10 inches) and tear the backing in the middle, peeling it away so you’re holding onto the two anchor ends.
  2. Apply the tape just below the bottom of your kneecap using 100% stretch in the middle.
  3. Bend your knee up and lay down the ends of the tape on either side of your kneecap with no stretch.
  4. Take another full length piece of tape and tear the backing off one end.
  5. Using no stretch, anchor the tape on the outside of your knee, about 2-3 inches above the point of pain.
  6. Using 100% stretch, pull the tape down over your point of pain.
  7. Lay the end of the tape down with no stretch.
  8. Rub the tape in to ensure sticking.