Here is the sneak peek video for one our newest applications for quad strain! Read below for more details on how to use KT Tape to prevent injury, recover faster, and play harder than ever before! Where do I apply KT Tape for quad relief? Apply the base of KT Tape on the area just above the knee. Apply the tape towards the hip with 10-20% stretch - while all skin is on stretch. Lean back at the hips and have the knee in full flexion to achieve maximum stretch on this skin. Lay the end down with no stretch. You can repeat this on the inner and outer quads for even greater effect. Why do quad injuries occur? Quad injuries can occur for many reasons including, but not limited to: over-activity or insufficient rest, over-abrupt changes in direction or twisting during activity, dehydration, inadequate nutrition, or stretching the muscle too far. A lack of flexibility or training, muscle imbalance, or poor form can lead to frequent quad injuries as well. How does KT Tape help? This application can be used for most all quad issues including soreness, tightness, tears, spasms, and general pain. The application helps to relax the muscles while your foot is off of the ground in order to promote the healing process and give the muscle a break. Consequently, this application also helps to assist the muscles during contraction as your hips move over your feet. Increased blood flow results from the surface sensation and rushes more nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties to the area. With this assist in relaxation and activation, as well as the additional nutrients and anti-inflammatory components, you are sure to see a reduction in re-injury and healing time. What else can I do to prevent further pain or injury? To help alleviate the causes of quad injuries, make sure you stretch dynamically before activity. This means do some high knee raises, leg extensions behind the body, and squat thrusts prior to your high intensity activity. Drinking plenty of water and taking in sufficient electrolytes will drastically reduce all issues with muscles and help you to perform at a higher level. If muscle imbalance is the issue, consider visiting a professional for a KT Tape application that will help to activate those weaker muscles and inhibit the muscles that are overactive. And as always with an injury, consider decreasing activity while icing and KT Taping.