Unit of competency details

SISSSPT307A - Conduct advanced taping (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by SISSSPT001 - Implement sport injury prevention and management strategiesNot equivalent. Title changed. Significant changes to content and prerequisite added. Incorporates content from: SISSSPT201A Implement sports injury prevention, SISSSPT302A Provide initial management of sports injuries, SISSSPT303A Conduct basic warm-up and cool-down programs, SISSSPT304A Tape ankle, thumb and fingers, SISSSPT305A Support sports injury management, SISSSPT306A Deal with medical conditions in a sport setting and SISSSPT307A Conduct advanced taping. 10/Sep/2019
Supersedes and is equivalent to SRSSPT010B - Tape and/or brace elbow, Achilles and AC jointE Updated and equivalent to SRSSPT010B Tape and/or brace elbow Achilles and AC joint 06/Jun/2011

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 28/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 07/Jun/2011


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069907 First Aid  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069907 First Aid  18/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to apply taping and bracing techniques including knee joints, Achilles, shoulders and elbows to assist athletes in relation to ongoing injury prevention and post-injury support.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to personnel working autonomously as sports trainers who are responsible for performing pre- and post-event taping as part of providing injury prevention and treatment for athletes, and providing treatment to assist with injury rehabilitation in a sport-specific training or competition setting such as on the playing field, court, change rooms, open or enclosed areas at sporting events, accommodation venues or in transit.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.



Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Prepare for taping.

1.1. Identify the purpose for taping .

1.2. Consult with athletes to identify contraindications and precautions  for taping according to organisational policies and procedures  and relevant legislation .

1.3. Refer the athlete  to appropriate personnel in the medical support team  or a health care professional  as required.

1.4. Explain aims and objectives  of the taping or bracing technique to athletes.

1.5. Explain pre -taping requirements  to athletes.

1.6. Select appropriate tape  and associated products  for taping and or bracing of relevant area.

1.7. Position the athlete for effective taping according to organisational policies and procedures.

2. Apply taping techniques.

2.1. Apply techniques for taping or bracing  of relevant joints  to prevent injury and or provide post-injury support according to basic principles of biomechanics .

2.2. Apply tape adherent where additional adherence is required.

2.3. Apply a barrier  where the athlete is allergic to adherent.

2.4. Check circulation around taped area.

2.5. Seek feedback  from athlete and adjust taping where appropriate.

3. Remove tape.

3.1. Remove tape using appropriate equipment  and techniques.

3.2. Apply tape remover sprays or solutions as required.

4. Implement self-care.

4.1. Apply ergonomic practices  to taping according to organisational policies and procedures.

4.2. Adopt self -care protocols  according to organisational policies and procedures and relevant legislation.

5. Evaluate the taping.

5.1. Seek and acknowledge feedback from athletes and relevant personnel on the effectiveness of the taping.

5.2. Identify areas where taping techniques could be improved and ways of obtaining this improvement.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • consult with athletes to establish the presence of contraindications
  • refer areas beyond own responsibility to appropriate medical personnel
  • convey information to athletes about taping and or bracing objectives and techniques
  • problem-solving skills to:
  • select and apply appropriate taping techniques for relevant area
  • determine situations requiring attention from a medical support team or health professional
  • self-management skills to review effectiveness of taping in achieving initial aims and objectives of taping.

Required knowledge 

  • legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable the safe conduct of all activities
  • principles of biomechanics as they relate to taping and or bracing to enable understanding of human movement and the impact of injury
  • anatomy and physiology of elbow, knee, Achilles and Acromioclavicular (AC) joint and their relationship to other body systems to enable understanding of human performance in a sport or physical activity
  • contraindications and precautions for taping or bracing to ensure effective prevention or management of injury
  • types and qualities of tapes and their uses for different joints to enable joints to be taped effectively
  • principles of taping and bracing techniques to enable treatment to be carried out safely and effectively.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • communicates effectively with athletes to determine contraindications to taping and or bracing, clearly convey information about the purpose and process of taping and refer athlete to medical personnel as appropriate
  • selects and safely applies appropriate taping and bracing techniques which includes elbows, shoulders, achilles and knees and removes tape effectively with minimum discomfort to the athlete
  • completes taping activities within organisational safety systems and implements self care protocols.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure completion of multiple taping of elbows, shoulders and knees to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance.

Assessment must also ensure access to:

  • a sporting environment appropriate to taping
  • facilities for taping requirements
  • athletes participating in sport or physical activity
  • taping equipment and products.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of applying appropriate taping techniques to relevant areas
  • observation of interaction with athletes, including eliciting information about contraindications and previous injuries and dealing appropriately with contingencies
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of the relationship of the musculoskeletal system to correct taping techniques
  • third-party reports from a supervisor detailing performance.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • SISSSPT305A Support sports injury management.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Purpose for taping  may include:

  • injury prevention
  • post injury management.

Contraindications and precautions for taping  may include:

  • diabetes
  • pain
  • elevated body temperature
  • swelling and inflammation
  • circulatory dysfunction
  • infection
  • allergic reaction to taping materials
  • cuts or wounds
  • previous injury.

Organisational policies and procedures  may include:

  • occupational health and safety
  • collecting health information from athletes 
  • privacy 
  • Code of Ethics
  • Code of Conduct
  • sports taping guidelines.

Relevant legislation  may include:

  • occupational health and safety
  • duty of care.

Athletes  may include:

  • beginner through to high performance level competitors
  • athletes under 16 years of age who require parent or guardian consent prior to being included in a training program
  • female or male athletes
  • athletes with a disability or special needs.

Medical support team  may include:

  • physiotherapist
  • chiropractor
  • osteopath.

Health care professionals  may include:

  • medical practitioner
  • physiotherapist
  • chiropractor
  • osteopath
  • paramedic.

Aims and objectives  may include:

  • prevention of injury
  • management of existing injuries
  • stabilisation of joints.

Pre -taping requirements  may include:

  • clean, dry skin
  • shaving.

Appropriate tape  may include:

  • tape size
  • tape adhesiveness
  • tape removability
  • rigid adhesive tape
  • elastic adhesive tape
  • covering tape.

Associated products  may include:

  • vaseline and gauze pads
  • hypoallergenic material
  • underwrap
  • cushioning foam
  • tape adherent
  • tape remover
  • elbow braces.

Techniques for taping or bracing of relevant joints  may include:

  • elbows:
  • figure 6 or 8
  • full shoulder:
  • anchor strips
  • figure 8
  • repeat strapping
  • overlapping spirals
  • knees:
  • anchor strips
  • repeat taping
  • Achilles joint:
  • anchor strips
  • 2-3 stirrups
  • figure 6 or 8
  • heel lock
  • locking tape.

Basic principles of biomechanics  may include:

  • major muscle actions and movements
  • joint mechanics.

Barriers  may include:

  • hypoallergenic material
  • underwrap.

Feedback  may include:

  • pins and needles
  • numbness
  • pain
  • tightness.

Equipment  may include:

  • blunt nose scissors
  • tape cutters.

Ergonomic practices  may include:

  • body positioning
  • body weight
  • posture
  • hand positions
  • height of table.

Self -care protocols  may include:

  • regular breaks
  • correct posture.

Unit Sector(s)


Competency Field

Sports Trainer