Applying and Taping the SPOrt™ (Semilunar Pulley Orthosis) For Climbing
For a video tutorial on taping the SPOrt to support the A2 Pulley, click below.
For a video tutorial on taping the SPOrt to support the A4 Pulley, click below.
Note: the images within the instructions depict the taping of a SPOrt to support the A2 pulley.
For images relating to the A4 pulley, scroll to the bottom of this page or click here.
The SPOrt™ should be placed on the finger on the palm side of the base of the affected finger as shown (Figure 1). Using a layer of Dycem inside the SPOrt will help it stay put and not rotate on the finger
Tear a piece of cloth athletic tape that is about 2/3 the width of the SPOrt which is long enough to make six complete wraps around your finger and the SPOrt. First place about a centimeter of tape on the outside edge of the SPOrt. Push the inside edge of the SPOrt towards the outside edge, tightening the ring, with the thumb of the affected hand, and pull the tape snug and stick it onto the inside edge, (Figure 2).
Then, alternate taping 2 mm below, across the middle and 2 mm above the SPOrt with each turn of tape to secure it close to the base of the finger, (Figures 3-5). With the last turn, flip over a small piece of tape to make a pull tab, and the SPOrt is easier to remove after your session, (Figure 6).
You should apply the tape as tightly as you can without your finger losing sensation or turning blue at the fingertip. This will support the pulley as much as possible. Initially it will be a little hard to bend the finger all the way with the fresh tape and SPOrt in place, but it becomes more comfortable after 10-15 minutes of use. Similarly, if the finger is a slightly different shade of color to the other fingers for a few minutes after applying it, it usually pinks up quickly after a little use. If it doesn’t, or starts to get numb at the fingertip, start over and re-tape it a little looser.
if your finger is hurting while you are climbing, you shouldn't be climbing!
With practice in applying the SPOrt, it can be worn comfortably for an entire day of climbing without adjustment or re-application. However, if you notice the SPOrt becomes loose or can spin around on your finger after a few hours of use, unwrap it and re-tape it at that point.
Applying a SPOrt to support the A4 pulley: