KT Tape

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Aimee
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KT Tape

Kiniseology Tape - you've seen athletes with strips of colored tape on their skin - it is supposed to help support muscles to prevent injuries or help with support in lieu of traditional wraps/braces. The company has all kinds of video demos for placement based on what you're trying to support. The guy we play golf with has a bad knee (Doc told him he will need replacement) and he has started using KT tape to create a knee support for when he plays golf, less bulky and maintains mobility. I bought a pack to try out on my left forearm since I have tendonities/tennis elbow that sometimes flares up when I play. I have been using a velcro strap type of brace on the arm when going to the gym, but it doesn't stay in place for playing golf, I try to use it when hitting balls at the range and I usually have to re-do it since it moves around. Hitting balls off a mat is the worst thing for that condition. The tape is waterproof, designed to stay on for a couple of days (you can shower with it). I bought a type for "sensitive skin" which probably has a bit less adhesive. Will probably try it out this weekend for my normal workouts, not sure I'll be able to actually play golf this weekend.

Aimee
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Played a round with KT tape

Played a round with KT tape for tendonitis/tennis elbow and it was good. The tape is stretchy and comfortable...except when it comes time to peel it off! I can’t imagine what it is like to pull the “std” type off vs. the sensitive version. Although since I wasn’t sweaty, maybe that makes a difference. This stuff will definitely stay stuck on for 2 days if you need it.

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Scott Rushing
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Interesting Aimee...just

Interesting Aimee...just seeing this.  I've used it a few times, never had a bad experience with it.  But I've asked my physicians, as well as the guys I know in the Exercise Science programs at Wake...and there really is no research that shows that the tape "does" anything.  I used it on my knee when it was giving me problems, and it seemed like I got some benefit from it and maybe wasn't as sore but that coul dbe placebo effect...but according to the literature, any benefit appears to be non-scientific and just personal annecdotal experience.  But you see it everywhere these days on athletes...wonder if they get paid for wearing it?

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Aimee
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Tape

Scott, maybe it is just the site specific compression that the tape offers? Too many Pro athletes use it for it to not do “anything”. Think about football players taping their ankles, they use much heavier tape and the intent is to not have too much movement, so this is support with movement.

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