You may have seen some of your favorite Team USA Olympians wearing red, white and blue Kinesio tape (KT tape) in Rio last month. Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi, for example, crossed the finish line with KT tape on his quad as our proud nation looked on. But what is it?
This tool and technique are utilized to assist in the reduction of pain and inflammation, assist in the recovery of an injury, provide mechanical correction, inhibit a tight muscle, or to facilitate a weak muscle. Runners who suffer from low back pain, Iliotibial band syndrome, quadricep tendonitis, hamstring tendonitis, achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis can benefit from KT taping.
Participating in Fort 4 Fitness this year?
When you come to Parkview Field for packet pickup on Friday, September 30, stop by the Parkview Therapy ONE expo booth to see Kinesio taping performed by Certified (CKTP) and trained therapists Minda Lemmon, PT, CKTP, Parkview Therapy ONE, and Rob Norton, PT, ATC, Parkview Therapy ONE. The team will be demonstrating techniques for common running injuries from noon to 7 p.m. and offering free taping while supplies last.
Kinesio tape typically lasts for 3-5 days and can be worn while showering, bathing or swimming. If you plan to try the taping, avoid using lotion or oils, and shave or trim excessively hairy areas.
When injury strikes, the experts at Parkview Therapy ONE are here for you and know what it takes to get you back in the race and across the finish line. Best of luck to all of the Fort 4 Fitness participants and volunteers!