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How Do You Wrap a Shoulder?

author image Shagra Stone
Shagra Stone began writing in 2010 for LIVESTRONG.COM. She is a certified athletic trainer and a performance-enhancement and corrective exercise specialist. Her career has focused on injury prevention and health and wellness. Stone has a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from San Jose State University.
How Do You Wrap a Shoulder?
Shoulder wraps prevent excessive motion. Photo Credit: Sergejs Razvodovskis/iStock/Getty Images

Also known as a shoulder spica, shoulder wraps prevent excessive motion and provide joint comfort to an unstable shoulder. Shoulder wraps are versatile and can be worn comfortably during athletic events or activities of daily living

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Shoulder Spica

Step 1

Stand facing the individual who will be wrapping the shoulder. Wrap elastic bandage around top of the bicep two times, creating an anchor. Pull moderately tight but do not take the stretch out of the bandage.

Step 2

Wrap underneath the armpit, over the top of the shoulder and across the chest, pulling tightly. Follow the wrap underneath the unaffected armpit and across the back and pull tightly over the shoulder, loop underneath the affected armpit and over the shoulder again, back across the chest.

Step 3

Overlap the bandage at least one-half width of the previous pattern. Repeat the pattern until the elastic bandage runs out.

Step 4

Tape the finished end of the elastic wrap and follow the pattern back. Tape around the anchor on the arm for an extra support wrap. The spica should resemble a figure-8 pattern.

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  • "Principles of Athletic Training"; Daniel Arnheim, William Prentice; 2000
  • "Evaluation of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries 2nd edition"; Chad Starkey, Jeff Ryan; 2002
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