Taping has been used in both athletic performance and rehabilitation for many years. You may have heard it called by the popular name of Kinesio taping or “K-tape.” The purpose of tape is that it supports while still allowing full range of motion. It used to decrease pain, decompress tissues, and provide stimulus that improves body awareness. Tape helps with proprioception, or your body’s ability to know where it is in space. This is important for every athlete because it’s what tells you where your arm is when you throw, or where your leg is when you kick. The idea is that tape will help you feel what parts of your body an injury is affecting.
Kinesio Tex Tape has the ability to:
- Re-educate the neuromuscular system
- Reduce pain
- Enhance performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote good circulation and healing
- Reduce swelling