Types of elastic sports tape
There are various types of sports tape with elastic properties.
Elastic adhesive bandage
Elastic adhesive bandage or EAB is used in various sports taping techniques. Its elastic properties mean it stretches making it ideal for applying over muscles which expand during exercise.
As a result it is primarily used for applying anchor strips which the non stretch support straps attach to. Standard EAB does not tear easily and needs to be cut with a pair of scissors.
Easy tear elastic bandage
RIP lite tape is ideal for team applications as it has the properties of standard EAB but can be torn easily. This makes it perfect for fast applications at pitch side or before a game.
Cohesive tape sticks to itself, not the skin. It is elastic and easy to tear with fingers. Cohesive tape has a number of applications. In particular it is excellent for applying compression, for example immediately after an injury, or to help secure a hot or cold therapy pack.
Underwrap is a foam based elastic strapping that is not sticky. It is used as a base applied directly to the skin over which other types of tape are applied. Most therapists would choose to apply tape directly to the skin if possible. However, if the patient is particularly hairy then underwrap is used in conjunction with spray adhesive.