Taping fingers in Jiu Jitsu and wrestling.
Finger taping in Jiu Jitsu and grappling is something that those who practice wrestling sooner or later are forced to try, or to see used especially as the years go on in practice.
Today you often see people around wearing colored ribbons put in the most disparate areas of the body, taping, applied on the neck, shoulders, knees, calves, etc.
This technique called taping and which aims to support the band to help eliminate inflammation is something that those who practice wrestling have known for years out of necessity and also for having seen it on training companions or during competitions.
One of the most common things that you see is not the taping of the fingers that I explain in this article but to see the fingers tap individually or rather in pairs to make one finger support even the other who has lost functionality because it is inflamed or because it is slightly fractured.
Now I know it takes time to do the taping, but with time it only takes a minute or two if you get used to doing it often but if your fingers are really inflamed and sore, it’s best that you use your time to preserve your grip.
The ribbon on the fingers
The finger tapping that is often seen doing “like insulating tape around an electrical cable” helps but limits the mobility of the fingers and sometimes blocks the circulation and functionality of the fingers as movement.
Although it helps you to sustain it limits its functionality and the problem is that you have to use your fingers, it is not a grouting to stand still.
I just read in some specialized magazines that some of the strongest pros are struggling to preserve their fingers from inflammation and away from injury.
Some athletes tell how they have already lost 20% of the movement in their hands.
Ok, they are champions who train many hours but over time even if you do not take care of your hands you can incur injuries related to stress of the bones and tendons of your hands.
As you can imagine that it is Judo or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu surely damaging the fingers is one of the risks and this is why it is essential that if you practice kimono or Gi fighting you must preserve your fingers.
Now I’m going to share with you 3 ways to protect your fingers when doing wrestling sports like Jiu Jitsu and Judo.
3 tips to preserve your fingers
If you listen to these 3 tips I believe that you are able to protect your fingers and therefore practice with serenity for a long time.
Tip 1 – Tap your fingers
In sports such as rock climbing, wrestling, judo, Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, Sambo, Grappling, Submission Wrestling, volleyball and basketball, muscle tears in the fingers can easily occur or stress them to the point of wear and gradual tears on the knuckles are common.
Thin medical tape specifically designed and cut for your fingers, such as taping tape gives you the support you need to prevent injuries and help recovery in the event of an injury.
This is one of the easiest ways to protect your fingers.
Tape is something you need to know and use.
There are a bunch of ways to tape your fingers, but here I’ll show you a quick and easy way to tape each finger for judo and BJJ.
Often even if there are no problems it is easy to see people ribboning their little finger by joining it to the ring finger.
This procedure serves to strengthen the grip of the little finger that is weaker and to prevent injuries typical for this finger.
But there is no general rule to join the fingers usually join the finger with the problem with the healthy one but you have to do it with the method I told you otherwise limit the mobility of the grip.
Now there is a further problem that can happen that concerns the ends of the fingers that become bleeding and sore but with the taping method that I show you below you will also avoid this problem a lot.
The scheme that I show you is used by the pros in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
This serves to protect the fingers and also protects the fingertips and your nails that I remind you that you have to keep very short and I have already shown you in an article how they should be.
Tip 2 – Avoid fights with prolonged grip and spider guards as much as possible.
I know you like it, but don’t do it all the time.
Both the combat grip and the spider guard are very stressful on the fingers, so avoid them as much as possible.
Unfortunately they are part of Judo and Jiu Jitsu so I know that you can not avoid this, but what you can do is loosen your grip on the Gi, this is also useful for you to understand how much energy to use because sometimes you do not really need all that grip.
Then, consider that the opponent’s attempts to break your grip hurt less but much less than you are clinging to with maximum effort.
If you like spider guard try using the pistol grip instead of a cuff grip on the end of your opponent’s gi.
Yes, I know the cuff grip is stronger, but the pistol grip is much better for your fingers, at least in preserved training.
Tip 3 – Stretching your fingers
Yes, you need to stretch your fingers.
Your fingers have muscles, ligaments and tendons in them and this need that you extend them regularly with specific exercises.
The advantage is that you can do them even while you are on the couch or queuing in the car.
Often after workouts we focus on many muscles as stretching, but neglect the fingers.
Maybe that’s the part you used the most.
Then start stretching with your fingers.
The best way to do this is to do some exercises used by the musicians.
Ask some of your friends for advice.
I hope that now when you tighten your fingers you do it with the right technique.
Exercise at home calmly the first few times, relax on the couch or arrive at the gym first.
If this article about finger taping was useful to you, help me and teach it to your friend and with your team partners and write me a comment below and tell me how you are, let me know what you think!.
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