Kinesio Tape to the Rescue

Wednesday, 16 January 2008  |  Therapy + Injury

Who would have thought that an inch-thick tape would create so much buzz among sports doctors, therapists, and athletes all over the world?

According to, Kinesio Taping has become “the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping.” Invented by a Japanese doctor almost three decades ago, the elastic tape “corrects muscle function, improves circulation of blood and lymph, repositions the joint and relieves pain.” Woaah, tall order for a tape that initially came in only funky colors like hot pink and blue colors (now there’s beige and black), but as world-class athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and David Beckham swore by the tape, more athletes and sports enthusiasts have become believers.

I got taped myself before the Clark race. My therapist said it would help my weak leg muscles and provide support 24 hours a day. I could keep it on for up to 5 days—bathe, swim, or run with it without restricting movement. It felt comfortable, like second skin, really. Plus, I felt cool knowing Lance and I finally have something in common!