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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