The Best Athletic Tape for Sprains, Swelling + More

Athletic tape can be wrapped around your ankle when dealing with a sprain, swelling or general soreness. It also helps to prevent injuries during training by offering support. Good tape should adhere properly without irritating the skin, pulling out hair or cutting off circulation. Ideally, you should also be able to tear it by hand without scissors. To help you find the perfect type for your needs, we did some research and rounded up a few of the best options on the market. Each of our selections should stay in place after wrapping.

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1. FlexTrek Athletic Sports Tape

This option includes eight rolls of durable white athletic tape made of 100% cotton with easy-tear edges featuring a zig-zag design.

Pros: It's hypoallergenic and latex-free. Each is 10 yards long.

Cons: The tape doesn't stretch.

FlexTrek athletic tape

2. California Basics Sports Tape

This self-adhesive tape is crafted from a porous elastic material that's lightweight and breathable. They're offered in an assortment of colors to choose from and come as a pack of 12.

Pros: Each is 5 yards.

Cons: Some may find the tape to be a tad thin.

 California Basics sports tape

3. Hampton Adams Athletic Tape

This black athletic tape is also made of a cotton substrate and doesn't contain any latex.

Pros: It's infused with highly adhesive, non-irritating zinc oxide. Each roll is 15-yards long.

Cons: Sweat may cause the tape to lose its adhesiveness.

Hampton Adams Athletic Tape

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