Kinesio Taping for the Athletic Trainer

Martha Godfrey, MS, VATL, ATC

4/25/2012

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DC Began taping volleyball players in the 1980’s Use spread to other Asian countries and Europe Officially introduced to the USA in 1995 4/25/2012 2 .History     Developed in the early 1970’s in Japan by Kenzo Kase.

position or stretch Stimulation of mechanoreceptors Facilitates lymphatic drainage by lifting the skin to create an area of low pressure 4/25/2012 3 .Mechanism    Stimulation of proprioceptors – proprioceptors respond to pressure.

Benefits      Decreases pain Decreases swelling May help correct mechanical dysfunction Facilitates weak or atrophied muscles/tendons Alleviates muscle spasm by inhibiting muscles 4/25/2012 4 .

Kinesio Tape Properties          4/25/2012 Designed to mimic elastic properties of skin Elastic.may stretch (longitudinally) up to 40% of original length 100% cotton Latex free Acrylic-based adhesive is heat activated and applied in wave-like pattern One application will last 3-5 days Water resistant Red tape will absorb sunlight Blue tape will reflect sunlight 5 .

Application Principles       Acute or overuse injuries . “Y” and fan strips 6 4/25/2012 .insertion to origin with 15-25% tension Chronic injury or disuse atrophy – origin to insertion with 25-50% tension Lymphatic drainage – base of tape over lymph node with 10-15% tension Correction – 50-100% tension Area to be taped is in a stretched position “I”.

Today’s Techniques     Lateral epicondylitis Achilles tendon strain Low back strain Lymphatic drainage 4/25/2012 7 .

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