Over the past few years, you might have noticed bright colored strips of tape being worn by many famous athletes. That bright colored strip of tape is actually quite complex and is commonly called Kinesio tape. Kinesio tape itself has been around for quite a while, with various brands popping up as science has progressed. Over the past few years, one brand of Kinesio tape has seemed to become the most popular and has been used by many famous athletes, that brand is KT-Tape.
KT Tape is a flexible sports tape created to reduce pain while supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Depending on the version you buy KT Tape can be made of 100% cotton or ultra-durable synthetic fabric. This allows the tape to stretch in length but not in width, providing better stability for muscles. Although KT-Tape is designed to be used for injury recovery and injury prevention it can still be used to enhance normal recovery.
Even though Kinesio tape has been around for quite a while the research surrounding it is still limited. From what research has been done we can form a list of what the apparent benefits produced by the tape are. Those benefits are:
Despite the fact that the collection of evidence supporting Kinesio tape is not extremely large there is still an abundance of well-known athletes that endorse this product. That itself gives the product some credibility. If you are looking for a good tool to prevent injuries this might be your best bet. If you are looking for a tool to enhance recovery I would recommend looking at some different options. That said as cheap as these are it wouldn’t hurt to give one a try.
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