Kinesio Tape in Professional Sports.
You’ve probably seen famous athletes using Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape and may have wondered what it was for, and what its uses are. Athletes at all levels show talent, hard work, dedication and skill. When you watch the Olympics, you probably marvel at the drive an athlete must have to compete at this level.
Why do Professional Athletes Use Kinesio Taping?
Professional athletes are singularly prone to injuries, especially those from repetitive use of muscles. The Kinesio Taping Method helps their bodies to heal while it supports their muscles and joints for competition. The range of motion is not compromised, as it is with conventional sports tapes, so their performance is unaffected.
Using this method, Kinesio tape is placed over areas of strain or injury. While the tape supports the muscles and joints, the pull of the tape on the skin improves the blood flow and the flow of lymphatic fluids beneath the skin.
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Who Uses Kinesio Taping among Pro Athletes?
You’ve seen athletes at major sporting events and the Olympics wearing the various colors of Kinesio Tex Gold tape (Beige, Blue, Red, Black, and White). Lance Armstrong, best known for his cycling, wore the tape when he ran the New York City Marathon in 2006.
Kevin Garnett, who recently played for the Boston Celtics, wears Kinesio tape, as does former soccer superstar David Beckham. Kerri Walsh wore Kinesio tape in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Serena Williams, the champion tennis player, has also worn Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape.
How Widespread is Kinesio Tape Use?
The Kinesio Taping Method may have originated in Japan, but it is used worldwide now, and professional athletes bring products like this to the forefront, since they are so visible in the games they play. This “magic” tape is known to decrease pain, improve performance, and heal injuries.
Kinesio taping is used to improve training levels in athletes. It also decreases swelling, increases muscles’ work capacity, increases circulation and relaxes tight muscles. Tennis players, golfers and other athletes – professional and amateur – benefit from the tape, which helps in the healing of injured, bruised tissue.
Kinesio taping methods help to support muscles and joints when professional athletes need to be at their best. It works the same on many patients, whether they happen to be athletes or not. Kinesio helps to manage pain effectively and is a favorite among U.S. Olympians, during their training. It enables top performance while helping to reduce both pain and the risk of further injury.
Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape is a valuable training aid for professional athletes. It can be used in nearly any situation, from training to competition. It’s easy to use, although if it’s your first time, a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) should show you how to properly apply it. This tape is also used in collegiate athletic departments, and in clinics and hospitals.
In the first 10 years after it was developed, the Kinesio Taping Method was mainly used by Japanese medical practitioners, acupuncturists, chiropractors and orthopedists. Soon afterward, it was used by Japanese professional and Olympic athletes. Today, you’ll find many Olympic and other professional athletes from around the world using Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape to support joints and muscles and help the body heal, while they still play at the top of their game.