Kinesiology taping for the hamstring muscles is used during the later stages of rehabilitation to encourage or increase the activation of the muscles.
How to apply Kinesiology taping for hamstrings
Follow these simple steps for applying K-tape to the hamstrings:
Prepare the tape
Make sure the area you intend to apply tape to is clean and dry. If the legs are sweaty then the tape is not going to stick properly.
Cut three strips of tape so there are no sharp corners at the ends. This helps prevent it from coming away from the skin once your have applied it.
Fold each strip of tape over at around 1/4 to 1/3 down and tear the protective backing along the line of the fold.
Detach the smaller top part of the protective backing exposing the sticky tape.
Apply the kinesiology tape strips
Ensure the muscle is in a stretched position. It is important to know where the hamstring muscles originate and insert so you can apply tape fully along the length of the muscle.
Starting at the top (origin) or the muscle, apply the sticky part of the tape at the origin or the muscle without any tension or stretch applied to the tape.
Then by gradually removing the rest of the tape backing, apply tape along the full length of the muscle to the point where it inserts below the knee. Apply approximately 50% stretch to the middle 2/3 of the kinesiology tape when applying it.
Activate the glue
Next activate the glue in the tape by rubbing along the length of the tape. This creates heat which activates the glue making it stick more effectively. Repeat the process with the other two strips of kinesiology tape along with the other two hamstring muscles.