Why Athletic Trainers Use Kinesiology Tape

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“Kinesio® Taping is very versatile, and the tape supports the injury while maintaining full range of motion and comfort. The fact that you use less tape than traditional methods and that you don’t have to re-apply the tape (as frequently) makes this tape a great choice for treating chronic injuries.”

-Jerri Hestwood, ATC

Athletes are a unique breed. They take a lickin’ but want to keep on kickin’ … or running … or jumping … or whatever other activities are involved in the pursuit of their sports. Deciding whether to train through an athletic injury is one of those “six of one, half dozen of the other” propositions. If an athlete stops training and competing while an injury heals, they will face the loss of conditioning, technique and competitive edge that accompanies inactivity. And, of course, for many professional athletes, they also face a loss of income while they recover! On the reverse side, an athlete who chooses to continue training and competing while injured faces the possibility of exacerbating the injury – or, sometimes, developing additional injuries in muscles and joints that overcompensate for the injured area.

Sports tape has always been a mainstay in the toolkit of every athletic trainer. It has been used for decades to support and/or immobilize injured areas so athletes can continue their sport while injured. The downside of traditional athletic tape, however, is that it DOES virtually immobilize the taped part of the body. This may lead to poor technique that can affect performance, as well as contribute to injuries due to inefficient movement patterns.

cyclist_hip_tapeOne of the most exciting new tools used by athletic trainers today is kinesiology tape. Kinesiology tape for sports injuries is a dream come true for both the trainer and the injured athlete. On the trainer’s side, a single application can be worn 3-5 days, providing therapeutic benefits round-the-clock. It enhances and prolongs the benefits of any other type of therapy used, and because it literally goes home with the athlete, the trainer can relax, knowing his work is continuing in his/her absence.

boxer_back_tapeFrom the athlete’s perspective, kinesiology taping applications are lightweight and stretchy, making them totally comfortable to wear. The acrylic adhesive is non-allergenic, preventing the tape rashes and burns that are common with other types of sports tape. In addition, the combination of the breathable 100% cotton tape and the wave pattern of the adhesive backing make kinesiology tape extremely water resistant. Athletes can sweat, swim or shower without worrying about having to remove and reapply their tape – or having it come off in the water.

The biggest advantages, however, are the physical benefits of kinesiology taping – rapid relief of pain and swelling, support of injured muscles with no restriction of range of movement, and enhanced activation of muscles. A dream come true for both athletic trainers and injured athletes!

“I just wanted to write and tell you how pleased I am with the results we are receiving from Kinesio®Tape… As I continue to learn and use the techniques of Kinesio® Taping, I am certain that the results will continue to be positive.”
-Rick Griffin, Head Athletic Trainer, Seattle Mariners

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