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KT Tape Kinesiology Blog

  1. KT Tape Is The Official Kinesiology Tape of USA Track & Field

    LOS ANGELES – USA Track & Field on Friday welcomed KT Tape, the leading producer of kinesiology tape and related sports medicine products in the retail market, to the USATF partnership family as the Official Tape Sponsor of USATF. The partnership, which extends through 2020, will provide product for use by USATF athletes during training and in competition in addition to extending discounts to USATF members.

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  2. KT Tape is The Official Kinesiology Tape Licensee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – KT Tape® and the United States Olympic Committee today announced KT Tape as the official kinesiology tape licensee of Team USA. KT Tape will help support the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams through the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Games.

    KT Tape is The Official Kinesiology Tape Licensee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams Designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief, and support, KT Tape will be available to Team USA athletes at all U.S. Olympic Training Centers.

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  3. Taylor Phinney Wins With KT Tape

    When Taylor Phinney, America’s premiere cyclist, went down during last year’s USA Cycling Professional Road Championships, his audible screaming left nothing to the imagination.  After crashing into a guardrail at 60-70 miles per hour, Phinney’s left leg revealed an open compound fracture of the tibia, a broken fibula, and a horribly mangled knee. With such a devastating accident, one would have guessed his cycling career was over.  But the son of two Olympic medalists doesn’t go down without a fight.  Painful physical therapy for up to eight hours a day pushed Phinney forward with the determination he would one day return to cycling. Making an unexpected return to the forefront of racing after 15 months of healing and intense rehab, Phinney made a strong appearance in the Tour of Utah in August.  Just a few weeks later, at the USA Pro Challenge, Phinney told reporters he wasn’t sure he would be strong enough to make the U.S. roster for the BMC racing team.  Any doubts were put to rest after Phinney won the first stage of the 605-mile event in Steamboat Springs. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"]Taylor-Phinney wears KT Tape tape at Cycling World Championships Photo Credit: Casey Gibson, 2015 [/caption] A month later, Phinney was headed to Richmond, Virginia for the World Cycling Championships.  After taping his knee with USA KT Tape, Phinney was ready to take on the world.“After seeing it on other racers and athletes, I decided to give KT Tape a try. It has really helped provide support for my knee in Richmond and I’m going to continue to use it throughout the competition,” said Phinney. Team cycling is different from a marathon in that cycling teams work together, saving energy by tucking behind teammates or opponents until they are ready to break off and sprint ahead.  As a team, each rider can’t help but hope that someone from his or her country will win. Although Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus won the overall time trial with a 1 hour, 2minute and 29.45 second ride, Phinney placed 12th overall with only a 1 minute 36.99 second slower time.  With Italy and Poland boasting two riders with top 12 finishes and only one Olympic spot going to each country, Phinney’s 12th place finish was enough to give Team USA a spot for the Rio 2016 Olympics. After winning the team time trial in Richmond, Phinney said “It’s hard to process winning it because it just feels so painful the whole time,” said Phinney.  “I watched the guys win last year—this has always been kind of my event—but to win alongside your teammates, especially when it’s a World Championship, that only happens in one event.” Phinney’s knee will always bear the scars of his horrific 2014 crash, but with the support of KT Tape, Phinney is sure to have a smoother road to Rio. Find out more about the tape Taylor uses at http://www.kttape.com/what-is-kt-tape                              

    Taylor-Phinney wears KT Tape at World Cycling Championships

    Photo Credit: Taylor Phinney, 2015

    Banner Image Photo Credit: Casey Gibson, 2015

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  4. KT Tape to Introduce New Products at NACDS

    Lindon, UT (August 20, 2015) - KT TAPE, the leader in kinesiology tape products, will showcase PRO X at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo August 22-25 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.  PRO X Patches are kinesiology patches designed to provide target muscular pain relief for hundreds of common injuries such as lower back, knee pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow.  They are fast and easy to apply with no cutting required—just place directly over the point of pain.  They can be used by themselves or with regular KT Tape for added support. KT Tape is an elastic sports tape used by professional and everyday athletes to provide pain relief and support.  It supports sore muscles and joints without bulk or limiting the body’s natural movement.  KT TAPE offers both KT Tape PRO synthetic and Original cotton pre-cut and uncut strips. KT Tape is officially endorsed by three-time basketball all-star James Harden and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh. KT TAPE will be at NACDS to support our leading position in retail.  KT TAPE is the #1 preferred kinesiology tape and is currently in 28,000 doors including 13,000 in pharmacy. Be sure to stop by the KT TAPE booth during the show.  KT TAPE will have PRO X and pre-production samples of two new products that will be launched this Spring. For more information on the entire KT TAPE product line, please visit us at NACDS booth #2147, visit our website at www.kttape.com, or contact our personnel below: Sales Josh Hall            josh@kttape.com   801-616-3008 Joyce Griffith     joyce@kttape.com  623-229-5589
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  5. Swim With KT Tape PRO

    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 Associations’s 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, we’ve all seen the Olympic beach volleyball players wearing that funky looking colorful tape on their shoulders and knees. You’ve 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 they’ve 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 can’t 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, I’ve also done another 10k run and showered twice more. It’s still sticking and still has retained its resiliency and function."

    -- Dr. T

     Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s 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.

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  6. Tips & Tricks: How to apply and care for KT Tape in wet conditions

    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 tape’s adhesive is heat activated, do not use a hair dryer on a high setting as it can make the tape difficult to remove.

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  7. KT Tape New Application for Plantar Fasciitis

    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.

    Disclaimer:  Not Clinically Proven

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  8. Q & A: Can I wear KT Tape in the pool?

    "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.  It’s 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!"
    Holly Moriarty, DC, DACBSP
    Sports Chiropractor
    Haymarket, VA
    beach tape
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  9. Introducing Limited Edition KT Tape

    From Kool Aid dyed hair to snapback hats, everyone has their own unique sense of style.  Whether it is vintage, contemporary, eclectic, or sporty, KT Tape recognizes that many of us want to be unique.  What better way to show off your own unique style than with our limited edition tape rolls?

    KT Tape has always tried to stock a wide variety of solid colors.  Our cotton tape began with four colors: black, beige, pink, and royal blue.  Over time, those four colors expanded to 16 and were later narrowed down to eight colors in cotton and ten colors in PRO.  Last October, we introduced our first limited edition patterned rolls--Polkadot and Chevron—at some of our events.  Finding success with these limited edition rolls, we introduced Sparkle tape at select Disney events this year.  With rolls quickly selling out, we knew we were onto something. As a result, KT Tape decided to roll out a new tape each month and call it our “Tape of the Month” tape. 

    Patriotic TapeEach month, we will roll out a new tape design along a specific theme or holiday.  Our in-house Design Team will create multiple designs and then our Marketing Team will vote on their favorites. These designs will then be narrowed down to a handful for voting within the KT Tape Community.   Your input is important to us so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to vote on our tape designs each month.  Our next voting will be in July when we ask for you to vote on your favorite tape for November's Tape of the Month, which will be a holiday-themed tape.

    This month, we reveal our first Tape of the Month roll for July--Fireworks.  These limited edition rolls will be available exclusively on our website, at events, and at select retail locations.  Quantities for the rolls will be limited, so check our website regularly to see what’s in stock.  Once we sell out, we will not re-stock.  However, if we discover that a tape is really popular, we will consider featuring as part of our regular product line.

    Check out our Tape of the Month limited edition tapes on our website atLimited Editions. Why wear just solid colors when you can mix them up and create your own unique look with our limited edition patterned tape?
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  10. KT Tape New Application for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

     Disclaimer:  Not clinically proven for all applications

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