Increasingly athletes and footballers are now being seen with brightly coloured tapes all over their bodies, this is Kinesiology Tape (K Tape). it is a light elastic tape that can be used for helping with musculosketal problems which can arise from overuse injuries, muscle strains or spasms, and swelling. Properties that make the tape appealing to athletes is its elasticity in that it moves with the body, so athletes feel very comfortable with it on.
The elastic nature of the tape allows it to be applied over and
around dynamic structures such as muscles, joints, ligaments and
tendons in order to provide lightweight and comfortable mechanical
support in order to prevent injury and speed recovery or
It can also alleviate stress on connective tissue and provide feedback to the nervous system to facilitate or inhibit muscle function.
The tape is normally laid along the length of muscles and doesn't go around limbs. This prevents that tight and uncomfortable feeling that braces and supports tend to give. As a result athletes are not even aware they are wearing the tape; which allows them to concentrate on their sport and not on their injury.