KT Tapes and their application in sports physical therapy

KT Tapes

Sports Injuries always remained one of the major matter of concern for every athlete from across the globe. As the demand of performance in the outdoor sports is increasing, athletes have become quite prone to frequent injuries while practicing and playing leagues. These frequent spree of injuries on the field triggered several physiotherapists to practice comprehensive tactics and therapies. With an assurance of treating acute deformability and temporary injuries, the physiotherapists start working on the athlete patients and try their best to correct their posture. During the course of treatment, the physiotherapist applies several kinds of resistance bands, rehabilitation bands and other elastic bands.

In this artic we are going to talk about an elastic cotton stripped band which is used to treat pain, disability, and other kinds of physical disorders. The band is known as Elastic Therapeutic tape also known as Kinesiology tape, or KT band.

With the proper application of KT bands or KT tapes, one can attain several proprioceptive facilitation through this including; reduced muscle fatigue; muscle facilitation; reduced delayed-onset muscle soreness; pain inhibition; enhanced healing, such as reducing oedema, and improvement of lymphatic drainage and blood flow.

Going to its history, Keno Kase, a Japanese/American chiropractor introduced the product in 1970 with a brand name of Kinesio Tape or KInesio Tex Tape. He wanted to develop a tape that can provide support without limiting the free movement of the body.

Physical attributes:

The originator of this band had developed the brand with a blend of cotton and nylon. With smooth elasticity, the tape prototypes skin elasticity giving you a full range of motion. The KT tape can stand stitched to the effected muscle for long having medical-grade resistance and water resistance features which lets you to shower without losing it in the water flow.

The tape is a latex free material with acrylic adhesive which is heat activated. The swiftness of recovery depends on the location and which way it is being applied to the body as the stretch direction, the shape and supposedly plays a role in the tape’s hypothetical function.

Talking about its mechanism, the tape works as a second skin to the effected body, when it is applied to the body, it recoils gently lifting your skin creating a microscopic gap in between your skin and affected tissue. By lifting the skin, it increases blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluids.

KT tape Application:

  • Injuries Treatment: The Physiotherapists include KT Tape in their overall treatment plan for the people who have been injured. Using KT Tapes, in the manual therapy, they use these tapes as an adjunct to accomplish their rehab goal.
  • It supports weak muscles: By putting extra support to body muscles or joints, KT Tapes help to enhance movement and endurance. According to several studies, it has been shows that athletes get their performance improved after using KT tapes.
  • Re-train Body muscles: KT Tapes can re-train muscles that have been in use in an improper patter for long. In order to resurrect the lost body function, Physiotherapists have been using KT tapes since long.
  • Enhancing Body Performance: There was a surge in the popularity of the KT band after it was donated to Olympic athletes in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and 2012 London Summer Olympics. Now, the height of this Band’s popularity can be understood seeing several athletes using KT taping to improve sheer performance without suffering any injury at the time of preparation for a major event.

 Where not to apply KT tape:

  • Open Wounds
  • Active Cancer
  • Allergic Body part
  • Fragile Skin



Abhinav Mallik

A Journalist who has been working for B2B segment for almost half a decade. He has developed a knack of writing deliberate reports on indigenous market leaders across different sectors like health, fitness and sports goods manufacturing. He developed a discrete interest in covering business reports including business events, expos, and trade fairs.

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