|Stick with K-Tape|
Kinesiology-tape a powerful addition to training, recovery and rehab toolkit
By Phil Conway
In the high-performance sports world, athletes from tennis to track and field are using new taping techniques to prevent injuries, stabilize joints and help develop proper biomechanical form during training, rehab and recovery from injury.
Athletic therapy has changed from the days of using rigid white tape to an evolution of products that mimic the weight, thickness and elasticity of skin. Known as kinesiological tape, it has the ability to integrate with the body’s sensory system naturally, and enhance athletic performance.
Kinesiological tape was developed in 1979 by chiropractor Kenzo Kase. While classic white athletic tape loses its functional capabilities within 20 to 30 minutes, modern kinesio tape can remain in place and keep working for three to five days. And it’s waterproof, so ice baths, water rehabilitation or sweating like crazy have no effect on kinesio tape function.
While the benefits of kinesiology taping far outweigh other elastic wraps, correct application of the tape is key to its effectiveness. Trying to achieve a performance edge or rehab an injury by self-application of kinesiological tape is not recommended, as it is difficult to apply the tape by yourself in the correct pattern and protocol. Athletes should seek a healthcare provider who has completed a certification course on kinesiological taping: one who can examine the athlete, recommend the right solution and ensure the tape has been applied correctly.
Dr. Phil Conway BPE DC FCCRS(C) is the Director of the Calgary Runner’s Clinic, Calgary Hockey Injuries Clinic and the Back and Sports Injury Clinic. He is a specialist in physical rehabilitation and a certified SpiderTech Tape instructor. www.CalgaryBackandSportsInjuryClinic.com
July/August Issue 2011