A Glimpse of Tape
If you are like us you catch yourself dissecting not only the plays but also what is holding the players together. Players are taking advantage of all the latest research from athletic trainers, physical therapists and orthopedic specialists to keep themselves in the game. One of these breakthroughs is Kinesio Tex Tape™. Athletes seen sporting the colorful strips of fabric tape include Dwight Howard, David Beckham, Serena Williams and Michael Phelps.
So, what exactly is Kinesio Tex Tape™? Well, it has been around since the mid 1970’s when founder Kenzo Kase used his knowledge of eastern medicine to create a tape and application that would promote healing, reduce edema, elongate tight muscles, help to initiate weak muscles, and to provide active support to protect injured tissue. The tape remained an Asian secret used primarily by sumo wrestlers until the Bejing 2008 Olympics when Kinesio Tape™ donated rolls of their product to 58 countries. A flood gate was opened by the 2012 London Olympics the tape could be seen on hundreds of athletes. Guessing what the tape was used for became it’s own sport.
Despite Kinesio Tape’s™ overwhelming acceptance on the Olympic stage it has taken it longer to get a foothold in main stream sports in America. Trainers and Team Therapists began taking classes on how to use the tape and it’s unique elastic properties for their athletes. Until recently it was uncommon to glimpse strips of black, pink or blue on NFL, NBA or MLB players. However On January 27, 2013, Ray Lewis was wearing Kinesio Tape™ when the the Baltimore Ravens won The Super Bowl.
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