Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences
Travis Parent, MS, ATC, CSCS
kinesiology tape, KT tape, venous flow, controversy, sports therapy, University of Southern Maine, Thinking Matters Symposium
Kinesiology tape has become extremely popular among athletes of all ages. It’s bright colors and the unique patterns created by the tape have gained an astonishing amount of attention. KT tape is a highly elastic tape that is advertised to increase muscle proprioception, reduce pain, and increase the space between fascial layers for higher venous flow. There has been a large amount of controversy surrounding KT tape and the placebo effects its usage may have. The purpose of this study is to determine if kinesiology tape actually increases venous flow which will result in a reduction of edema and ecchymosis after injury.
Fitzgerald, K. and Saunders, Victoria, "Does The Application of Kinesiology Tape Aid in Increasing Venous Flow" (2018). Thinking Matters Symposium Archive. 230.