I noticed a lot of athletes at 2012 London games were wearing strips of brightly colored tape on the arms, legs, and torsos. The tape is called Kinesio tape. Many athletes believe it has medical benefits.
The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. The people behind Kinesio tape claim it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help with rehabilitation as well as supporting muscles during a sporting event.
Do they work?
There is no scientific evidence that Kinesio tapes does what it promises but the fact that top athletes use it may be evidence this tapes have “Magical Effects”
WebMD has a good article on Kinesio Tapes and all experts interviewed ruled out any physical benefits. They agreed on one thing. Kinesio Tapes have mental benefit.
“I’m still struggling to come to terms with how tape that is placed on skin can have any real, major effect on performance, other than potentially, a psychological effect.”
Brewer says if athletes think the tape will help support their muscles, then that can boost their confidence. “I think if you can get somebody in the right frame of mind, then that can make a big difference on what they do.
Five Benefits of Kinesio Tape
In that webmd article they interviewed a physiotherapists who gave some details on how this tape works:-
- It allows free movement of lymphatic fluid.
- It reduces friction between the tissues in the skin.
- It also helps with the movement of blood and lactic acid. It takes the tension off certain muscles.
- Allows a little bit better circulation.
- Helps to tone muscles down, to take some of the tension out of the muscle, as well as in ways designed to stimulate affected areas.
Famous Athletes who say Kinesio tape works.
In the Euro 2012 Championship, Italian striker Mario Balotelli was sporting three tramlines of blue sticky tape on his back.
And Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has had his elbow, knee and shoulders patched up with the same stuff.
Buying Kinesio Tape online
This tapes are cheap and available online. Amazon is selling a roll at $10. You can choose the color you want. To buy Kinesio tape go to Amazon Shopping