Skating has come a long way since the days of adding bones to shoes to travel frozen rivers and lakes. Today, speed skating involves specialized skates, a spandex skin suit, and cut-proof skating gloves. When you are speeding around an oval rink at upwards of 30 miles/hour, you are bound to experience some injuries. Common speed skating injuries include shoulder separations, muscle tightness, lower back pain, ankle sprains, knee inflammation, and groin strains—just to name a few. While an accurate medical diagnosis is always the first step in treatment, speed skaters can find pain relief and support using kinesiology tape.
KT TAPE® is the leading provider of kinesiology tape in the world. Kinesiology tape, or elastic sports tape, was first developed in Japan in the early 70’s in conjunction with taping techniques that could be used to aid in the healing of damaged or injured ligaments, tendons, and muscles. At the time, the only taping techniques available used rigid white athletic tape which offered support, but limited active range of motion. The newly developed elastic tape provided the desired support for the body and joints without restricting movement and kinesiology tape was born.
Initially KT TAPE developed cotton kinesiology tape for everyday use. Original Cotton is great for shorter usage times and is made of 100% natural cotton fibers and latex-free adhesive for less skin irritation. Wanting to give consumers an even better kinesiology tape, KT TAPE later developed PRO synthetic. KT Tape PRO is specially engineered with synthetic fibers to assist with the strength and elasticity of the tape. This allows the tape to stretch 160% which is more than enough to provide the body full range of motion. These synthetic fibers also maintain their elasticity longer than cotton and provide water resistance due to the breathability of the fabric. KT Tape PRO is the very first synthetic tape ever developed. KT TAPE products now range from precut and uncut cotton and synthetic elastic sports tape to a hot/cold compression therapy system.
KT TAPE’s library of instructional videos, available on kttape.com, allow consumers to tape themselves for over 50 common injuries. Their website also has printable pdfs to allow consumers to read the instructions with easy-to-understand visuals. KT TAPE wanted consumers to learn how to tape themselves so they could tape for pain and injuries—any time.
KT TAPE offers instructional videos for pain relief, proper alignment, or support for muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When an area of the body experiences an injury through impact or over-use, the resulting accumulation of lymphatic fluids (fluid that bathes tissues), may cause increased pressure which can cause significant discomfort or pain. When kinesiology tape is applied over an injured area of the body, it causes an upward lifting of the skin which may assist with the dispersion of lymphatic fluids, reducing pressure to tissue under the tape and skin which may reduce the discomfort or pain. Correct taping also provides support to muscles by improving the muscle’s ability to contract, even when it is weak, and helps the muscle to not over-extend or over-contract.
Although KT TAPE is seen on Olympians and professional athletes all over the world, you don’t have to be an elite athlete to take advantage of its benefits. Jerry H. says, “For the past year and a half, I have been dealing with Achilles Tendonitis. I’m on my feet 9-10 straight hours each day for work. KT Tape has allowed me to wake up every morning with little or no pain. I can now go to work without worrying about my feet hurting.”
Whether you are a speed skater training for the Olympics or an everyday athlete going for a jog, anyone can enjoy the benefits of pain relief and support that all KT TAPE products offer. Click here for me information on KT TAPE.