Kinesiology Tape for Common Athletic Injuries

Li Na at the Australian Open 2014
Li Na in SpiderTech tape at the Australian Open 2014 One of the many benefits of kinesiology tape is to provide structural support for weak or injured muscles or joints. While it’s not recommended for severe injuries because of its elasticity, it can be used effectively to prevent potentially harmful ranges of motion and to improve static or dynamic postures. The elasticity of kinesiology tape allows it to provide support to joints or muscles without restricting range of motion as traditional athletic tape does. The sensory feedback from kinesiology tape also discourages the injured muscles from engaging in harmful or inefficient compensatory movement patterns – all benefits that appeal to athletic individuals returning from an injury or those who are still looking to continue their training or fitness regimen as they recover. It’s no surprise that so many high profile athletes are wearing kinesiology tape and continuing to train and excel in their sport. This 3-Step taping protocol, developed by the makers of RockTape, outlines the kinesiology tape application process for applying tape for common athletic injuries: theratape decompression stripStep 1: Preload the muscles by placing the affected area into a position of maximal stretch. Take your time with this step – it puts the tissues into a condition to receive maximum benefit from the tape application. Active techniques could include dynamic stretching, yoga poses or myofacial release techniques (rollers, balls, etc.). Once the maximal stretch has been achieved, this position should be held throughout the taping. Step 2: Apply one or more “decompression” strips directly over the most painful areas. This technique involves applying a fully stretched (except for the ends) strip horizontally across the affected muscle group. For large areas, several strips can be applied. The lifting action on the skin will provide pain relief and enhance local circulation to reduce inflammation and keep the tissues well-oxygenated. theratape stabilization finalStep 3: Apply “stabilization” strips around the perimeter of the affected area. This is a good place to use Y-strips, with the base at the lower end of the muscle group and the tails running vertically around the outer boundaries of the muscles. This part of the taping will support the injured area, without restricting a normal, safe range of motion.         The following selection of videos demonstrate how to apply kinesiology tape for common athletic injuries: How to Apply Kinesiology Tape to Injured Joints and Muscles How to Tape an AC Injury with PerformTex Kinesiology Tape Hamstring Taping Instructions using StrengthTape Kinesiology Tape How to Tape a Calf Strain with Rock Tape Kinesiology Tape Learn more about the benefits of kinesiology tape by signing up for our Newsletter or connecting with Theratape.com on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Kinesiology Tape for Common Athletic Injuries

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