What Is Kinesiology Tape, Anyway?

Many athletes turn to kinesiology tape to combat common aches and pains from the playing field. Learn more about the product and how to use it.

Kinesiology tape comes in a variety of colors—think reds, blacks and neon greens. You’ve probably even seen it on a few of your favorite athletes. But what exactly is it, and is it worth the hype?

What Is Kinesiology Tape?

Essentially, kinesiology tape is a stretchable cotton with an acrylic adhesive along the bottom.

Kinesiology tape is believed to help provide relief to common athletic injuries like knee pain, shin splints and tennis elbow. Plus, some brands are strong, durable and waterproof—so they can stand up to showers and sweaty workouts.  Many athletes believe that it boosts blood circulation to speed up your body’s natural recovery time.

How Do You Use Kinesiology Tape?

Just peel and stretch the tape, and apply it you your sore spot. Start where your muscle begins and tape through the painful area. Then rub the tape to ensure it’s properly applied.

Who Should Use Kinesiology Tape?

Anyone who experiences common athletic aches and pains. Runners, regular gym-goers and elite athletes alike might benefit from kinesiology tape.

What Kind Of Kinesiology Tape Works Best?

There’s a variety of brands on the market that offer kinesiology tape, including KT Tape. Many come with specialized features.  Some of these tapes are remarkably strong and waterproof, and many will stay put several days after application. And if your workout will bring you outdoors, choose tape designed with fabric that reflects light for better visibility. Remember to always consult product information for specifics on your brand of kinesiology tape.

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