Sup­port­ing roll for stretchy stuff

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Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy tape may have a roll to play in main­tain­ing bal­ance

MANY ELITE RUN­NERS will have their limbs criss­crossed with ki­ne­si­ol­ogy tape at this year’s World Cham­pionships in Athletics, de­spite a dearth of ev­i­dence back­ing up the claims it aids the heal­ing process while of­fer­ing sup­port. But new re­search1 sug­gests it may be worth tear­ing off a strip. When the tape was ap­plied to the feet and lower legs of sub­jects with chronic an­kle in­sta­bil­ity (re­sult­ing from sprains) for 48 hours, their bal­ance im­proved and con­tin­ued af­ter the tape was re­moved. And re­search from Korea2 found the tape en­hanced pro­pri­o­cep­tion (the body’s abil­ity to sense joint po­si­tion and move­ment) on the ‘bad’ side of sub­jects with long-term sin­gle-sided an­kle in­sta­bil­ity, help­ing to main­tain bal­ance.

GET IT ON TAPE Stretchy ki­ne­si­ol­ogy tape may help re­store your bal­ance.

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