Kinesiology taping was introduced in Japan in the late 1970’s but has been increasing in popularity as of late. Today kinesiology tape can be seen on athletes ranging from professionals to collegiate level to interscholastic, across all sports, and on men and women alike.
It is most commonly used as a therapeutic treatment in conjunction with rehabilitation. With numerous clinical applications, kinesiology tape is usually used by sports medicine professionals for treatment of joint and muscle dysfunction- to decrease spasm, pain, and swelling. It is also very effective for overuse injuries such as patellar tendinitis, shin splints, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Due to the waterproof and sweat proof nature of kinesiology tape, it can stay on for 5-7 days without decreasing its effectiveness. This means that it can be worn during a workout, sporting event, in the pool, or even during a shower. The tape is elastic in nature, and has an adhesive quality.
Take notice next time you watch a sporting event where the athletes have exposed skin on their legs or arms. You may have already seen kinesiology tape on some of your favorite athletes. During the London 2012 Olympics, Trey Hardee had kinesiology tape on his legs during the decathlon, and Kerri Walsh first sported it on her right shoulder during beach volleyball games at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
If you are interested in seeing if kinesiology tape will benefit your injuries, speak with a ProEx Sports Medicine professional who has studied and trained in the subject. Proper application of kinesiology tape is important for the most effective results. Good luck and stay healthy!