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TALE OF THE TAPE

Sept. 13, 1976
Sept. 13, 1976

Table of Contents
Sept. 13, 1976

Jackpot
Dish Behind The Plate
Dipsea
  • The race is only 6.8 miles long, but its 2,000 runners go up a stairway, down gullies, through rain forests. Some finish, bloodied and bowed

Bud Grant
Baseball
Cloud Of Dust
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

TALE OF THE TAPE

Looking like the cast of The Mummy's Revenge, NFL players wind themselves each season in enough adhesive tape to stretch from Maine to California. Moleskin and fiber glass, Masonite and pliable thermoplastic underpin the wrappings to provide more support against the hard knocks of combat, as well as to supply a bit more clout when knees and elbows start flying in the pileups. Off the field, ultrasonic "ray guns," Electrogalvanic Stimulators and Neuromod Pulse Generators aid in relieving aches and pains. As to the most famous knees in football (above), they are protected by Lenox Hill Derotation Braces. How well they work may tell how well the Jets work.

This is an article from the Sept. 13, 1976 issue Original Layout

Rigid ankles, tautly wrapped elbows and knees, the masses of pulped padding and bloodstained tape that are removed after the day's action all bespeak the armored nature of modem football. The average NFL squad uses 125 miles of tape each season, with 75 miles devoted to the much-abused limbs, wrists and ankles of linemen. Taping also makes it tough to guzzle your Gatorade.

TWELVE PHOTOSMARVIN E. NEWMAN