Does Kinesiotape Really Work?

Kinesiology tape, kinesiotape, or just “that fancy tape the Olympic athletes use” has been a big trend in sports medicine.  But does it work?  How about for hamstring injuries?  A recent study compared the tape to traditional stretching and also to a type of stretching called PNF, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (Wikipedia definition or the more scholarly  one here)

The PNF stretching showed a significant improvement immediately but the group that used the kinesiotape showed effects over a longer duration of time (over 30 minutes).  Bottom line- the sport and nature of the activity may dictate what method to use.  For example-  kinesiotape helps soccer players get through a 90 minute match while PNF stretching is better for a 100-m race

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