Archive for May, 2015

Athletic tape has been a staple of certified athletic trainers and healthcare practitioners for decades. As a certified athletic trainer myself, I have lost count of how many ankles I have taped up for practices and/or games. I have found that I can brace almost any injury with only a roll of 1.5 inch white adhesive tape. You would be surprised how crafty one can be with a simple roll of tape. So when kinesiology tape was introduced to me, I was a tad skeptical. I mean after all, I can do anything with white tape right?

I was offered the opportunity to take all three Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI) approved courses in the winter of last year. After taking the courses and utilizing this new tape in my athletic training room, I found the advantage of having more than just white tape at my disposal. While white athletic tape is rigid and meant to offer support by therapeutic joint restriction, kinesiology tape is meant to offer support and stability without restricting joint/muscle mobility and facilitate the body’s natural healing process.

Kinesiology tape was first designed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan in the 1970’s and made its international public debut during the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Since then, Dr. Kase has continually studied and advanced the tape itself as well as developed the Kinesio taping method practiced by certified practitioners internationally.  The tape itself provides soft tissue manipulation and targets different receptors in the somatosensory system of the body. It can alleviate pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by actually lifting the skin and increasing the interstitial space, allowing for a decrease in inflammation to the affected area. The tape was also designed with every patient in mind. It is latex-free, gentle enough for both pediatric and geriatric patients and can last several days when applied correctly.

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Now although it may look like anyone can apply the tape by simply placing it on the skin over the affected area, it is important to understand that there are many variables that go into the tape’s application process that determines its efficacy.  These variables are taught only in the approved kinesio taping courses offered by the KTAI. It is important to talk to your physical therapist, athletic trainer or healthcare provider and find a Certified Kinesiology Taping Practitioner to apply the tape if needed.

For more information about Kinesio Tape and where to find an approved KTAI course near you, visit http://www.kinesiotaping.com/

By Amanda Bachmann, MS, ATC