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Kinesio Tape – A History.

Addressing a Need.

Before Kinesio tape was designed by Dr. Kenzo Kase of Japan over 30 years ago, sports taping was not as advantageous to athletes as it could be. Dr. Kase was searching for a way that using tape could heal traumatized muscles and tissue, in addition to supporting them. Strapping and athletic taping were the predominant techniques at the time, but they often reduced the effective range of motion and may have inhibited the ability for the tissue to heal.

A photo of Dr. Kase.

Dr. Kase assesses a shoulder prior to taping.

How did Dr. Kase Develop Kinesio Tex® Tape?

Dr. Kase was intent on developing a tape and a technique that would not only offer support to muscles and joints, but which would also not restrict the athletes’ range of motion. His ideal taping technique would also benefit the athletes’ lymphatic system. After two years spent researching the benefits of athletic taping, he would develop Kinesio Tex® Tape as well as the proper way to apply the tape, known as the Kinesio Taping Method.

This type of athletic taping was first seen by the world at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Since that time, it has become a well-respected way to tape muscles and is used all around the world. To make sure that the taping technique would properly develop, Dr. Kase would found the Kinesio Taping Association International or KTAI. This teaching body works with academic groups in the form of research. It also brings the latest research to light and offers high level training to qualified health care professionals.

The Origins of the Kinesio Taping Association International.

So that the new developments could be shared more easily, the Kinesio Taping Association International began in 1984, in Japan. This gave health care practitioners an easier way in which to share information, in addition to gathering these professionals at KTAI symposiums. The association has grown from that time into a body with over 10,000 members, spreading the expertise and knowledge of Kinesio Taping throughout the world. There are over 5,000 members located in the United States alone.

The KTAI office works in conjunction with professional organizations and academic establishments to research the ways in which the Kinesio taping method can be used most effectively. The tape is also used for pediatric patients and those with lymphodema. It has properties which make it very different than conventional athletic tape, and its development gives athletes and other users optimum results.

The Benefits of Kinesio Tape.

Kinesio Tex® Tape offers many benefits for athletes. It is made with a heat-sensitive medical grade adhesive, and its weight and thickness are similar to that of human skin. It is latex-free and made from 100% cotton, which will allow skin to properly breathe. Kinesio Tape does not restrict range of motion like traditional tape does and its unique elasticity supports the muscle and reduces fatigue. This innovative tape can be left on for several days without having to be re-applied thus making it extremely cost-effective.

Dr. Kase still dedicates his life’s work toward researching and further developing the Kinesio Taping Method. He also speaks internationally about the benefits of Kinesio tape and proper taping techniques. In January of 2013, Kinesio-USA introduced the newly re-designed Kinesio Tex Gold FP (Finger Print) which is built on the very same foundation developed over 30 years ago. Kinesio-USA continues to tweak and improve the original Kinesio Tape design.

Helpful Links:

KTAI: Kinesio Taping Association International.

OrthoCo: Kinesio Tape Products and Information.


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