Supporting roll for stretchy stuff
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.