What is That Odd-Looking Tape Athletes Are Wearing?

Kinesiology tape has become popular with athletes and trainers. First developed in Japan, today it is used by professional athletes, fitness enthusiasts, physical and massage therapists to create a biomechanical lifting mechanism to lift the skin away from the soft tissue underneath, so that oxygen and nutrients can more easily flow into the area accelerating healing and recovery.

Kinesiology tape is good for arthritis, knee problems such as meniscus or ACL/MCL tears, rotator cuff injuries, groin and hamstring pulls, shin splints, lower-back pain, tennis and golf elbow, and more.

Most Kinesiology tape is made from hypoallergenic materials, is latex-free and uses an acrylic-based adhesive. It is widely available on the internet and in sporting goods stores.

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