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Player Essentials: Spatting Tape for Football

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Football spatting tape, or spats, is used to help support your ankles and secure your football cleats during practice and games. Find spatting tape in a variety of colors, so you can match your team uniform or show off your personal style.

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Why Use Spatting Tape?

Taping your cleats, or “spatting,” isn’t a new concept in football, but many fans and beginners may not understand why it’s done.

Spatting cleats is mainly performed to help players lessen the risk of rolling or twisting their ankles during gameplay. Some players and athletic trainers might even use a lot of tape. This can also help support a player’s ankle for better body movement and coordination when running and making tight turns.

While protection and improved mobility are two major benefits of spatting, some players simply like the feeling of knowing that their cleats are more secure and less likely to come off during a play.

Stretch tape, or elastic adhesive tape, is often the preferred spatting tape. It’s lighter and easier to put on and take off by yourself. You can also apply it in one continuous motion, so you don’t have to constantly tear off pieces. Elastic adhesive tape stretches to form around the foot, so you get a cleaner result with more comfort and less bulk.

If you’re interested in spatting your cleats, ask a trainer or a coach if they can help you your first couple times. Tape that's too tight may restrict your ankle movement, while tape that’s too loose has no little or no effect.

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