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The Tale of the Kinesio Tape

Chuck - Red's Army October 20, 2009 Uncategorized 5 Comments on The Tale of the Kinesio Tape


Boston Herald reporter Dan Duggan has the scoop on Kinesio tape. The black tape has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with players wearing the strategically placed strips to combat injury.

“It just kind of relieves whatever is hurting,” said J.R. Giddens, who
wears the tape on his right knee and back. “It makes it feel better. I
guess it’s the way it lays on the muscles; some pressure release or

“I don’t know what the hell it does, but it makes me feel better,”
Rivers said. “It’s not just a tape; they put it on certain muscles . .
. I don’t know what the hell it does. Maybe it’s mental. I think a lot
of teams are doing it and it’s been good. I know Kevin loves it.”

Now for the scientific explanation:

The tape’s elasticity is the primary difference from traditional
athletic tape. The elasticity allows the tape to lift the skin away
from the body at injured areas, improving blood and lymphatic flow to
help reduce swelling. The tape also is able to facilitate or inhibit
muscular contraction depending on how it is applied. And unlike
traditional tape, Kinesio does not limit range of motion.

There hasn't been much research on the tape, and many doubters believe the benefit players say they experience is more mental than physical.

I've ordered two boxes of the stuff. I need something to combat my wrist pain from all this… blogging.

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  • Orb

    Maybe it’s not an issue for KG, but are other NBA guys (like all the Greeks) going to start shaving their legs like cyclists? That looks like it would hurt when Brian Doo yanks if off.

  • Whoa…. what’s with the hairy Greek jokes? Just cuz you’re Greek it means you’re hairy?
    Here… I’ll prove it. I’m just gonna roll up my pant legs and show everyone that OH MY GOD!!!!!
    …. ummm… nevermind.

  • Orb

    My apologies to all the hairless Greeks out there.

  • Bas Rutten Jr.

    +3 for masturbation

  • This idiom is used when comparing things, especially in sports; it comes from boxing where the fighters would be measured with a tape measure before a fight. Also used as a headline before a championship prize fight. Newspapers would print a picture of the two boxers, and run a number of captions comparing their measurements. The tape in this case was a measuring tape.