Sunday, October 18, 2009
What's the Deal With That Funky Tape on Athletes?
"Kinesio" Tape is becoming very popular among athletes. Many NBA teams are now using it. Essentially, Kinesio Taping provides stability to an area without restricting blood flow. Kinesio taping lifts the skin and allows for more blood and lymph flow which will speed up recovery and reduce pain in the area. You can wear the tape on any part of your body from the shoulder to the ankle and everything in between.
I've had kinesio taping on my shoulder in the past and it felt ok. I'd have to experience it more than once or twice to notice a real difference, perhaps. You see a lot of the athletes getting creative with different colors. I can see many pro organizations putting a limit on what colors are used, based on the team's colors. Some of the Celtics' players (Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett) have used black. That goes well with their green/white uniforms. We'll see what the future holds for Kinesio taping and what other teams implement this method.