Average Broz Magic Thumb Tape and 1" weightlifting straps are designed and tested by top athletes for maximum performance. Most lifters wrap their thumbs to aid their hookgrip while protecting their skin from the knurling. Lifting on a sharp bar where the knurling is more abrasive (i.e., new bars in competitions), it becomes imperative that tape is used to protect the skin. In weightlifting, tape is allowed for use in all competitions locally and internationally as long as the very tip of the thumb is exposed so it is not utilized to extend the length of the thumb. (This is a rule infraction.) In powerlifting, tape is allowed to be used in two layers around the thumb to protect the thumb from tearing.