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If you’ve run a race or watched the Olympics or other sporting event, you’ve probably noticed athletes “wearing” strips of tape on their body. You might know that this tape is called Kinesiotape (or KT tape), but you’ve probably wondered- How does it work? What does it do?

What is kinesiotape?

Kinesiotape is an elastic tape that gives sensory feedback to you muscles while allowing full movement of your joints and contraction of your muscles. Kinesiotape has been around since the 1970s but became more mainstream after the 2008 Olympics. What separates Kinesiotape from athletic tape is the addition of spandex making it stretchy. Athletic tape is used to support a joint and typically restricts movement; however, Kinesiotape can stretch up to 40% of its length and remain elastic to provide support without limiting movement. Kinesiotape is also generally well tolerated by people with latex or adhesive allergies; and when applied correctly, can be worn for 3-5 days and generally will remain in place even after showering or swimming.

How does kinesiotape work?

When applied correctly, Kinesiotape can help with many conditions including muscle activation/deactivation, proprioceptive feedback, and management of