KT Tape Original and KT Tape PRO can both be worn in water. However, KT Tape PRO is engineered to last longer if it gets wet. Dr. Narson, a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Associationss Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year in 1999-2000, tested KT Tape Pro in the pool. We'd like to share his report:
"So, weve all seen the Olympic beach volleyball players wearing that funky looking colorful tape on their shoulders and knees. Youve probably seen it at local triathlons, marathons and other sporting events as well.There are several companies out there but one in particular is making a special synthetic tape with a waterproof adhesive. KT Tape PRO has the same elasticity as the original tape but is made with a tougher synthetic material and keeps it in place with a heat sensitive waterproof adhesive. Many athletes use this tape to help in the correction of postural dysfunction, to aid the healing of an injury or to give a particular motion some extra assistance (physically and proprioceptively). The problem has always been, when the athlete starts sweating, the tape begins to lose its stickiness and peels off. So, I put this to the test. I had KT Tape applied to my shoulder on Saturday. Any hair in the area was shaved and the skin was cleaned with rubbing alcohol. The tape was applied to help stabilize my right scapula (which is winged) and help assist the deltoids in abduction because theyve really been working overtime in dealing with the winged scapula.After applying the tape, I took several showers, ran a 5k, went on a rowing machine (aka: Erg) and rowed 10,000 meters, took a long hot bath after rowing and then, on the 4th day, did a 1-mile swim test. As you can see from the video below, the tape held up very well. So if you are in the market for some good kinesiology tape, you cant beat the KT Tape PRO. It comes in rolls of pre-cut 10? strips and in a variety of really cool colors & black. For clinicians, it comes in a large uncut clinic roll that allows you to cut the lengths you need. KT Tape also has a cool desktop display dispensor for your office.Check out the video of my 1-mile swim test. As I write this, Ive also done another 10k run and showered twice more. Its still sticking and still has retained its resiliency and function."
-- Dr. T
Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Associations Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.
Apply tape at least one hour before swimming, showering, or sweating. If your tape is wet, use a towel to gently pat it dry. A hair dryer on the lowest setting can also be used to help dry the tape. However, because the tapes adhesive is heat activated, do not use a hair dryer on a high setting as it can make the tape difficult to remove.
This application differs from other plantar fasciitis applications in that it:
1. Has a toe anchor which helps it stay on longer on a sweaty foot.
2. The second strip acts as arch support, 3. The third strips helps pull the calf muscle back down to relieve pressure on the Achilles tendon.
"Absolutely! KT Tape can be worn in water and KT Tape PRO stays on even better. In the summer, you will want to be sure and use rubbing alcohol on your skin to remove any suntan oils or lotions. Its best to wait an hour after application before you swim, shower, or exercise. This will allow the tape time to adhere well to dry skin. When you are finished with your water activity, and the tape is wet, rinse the tape area thoroughly to remove any other chemical agents. Then pat the tape dry with a towel, allowing it to dry for 20 minutes. Enjoy the rest of your summer, allowing KT Tape to make you more comfortable during activities!"