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All about Sports Tape - It's history, it's use, total information about Sports Tape

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SPORTS TAPE ALL ABOUT IT No sportsmens locker room is complete without a sports tape these days and it is considered a most essential part of sports medicine across the world today. The hype around this sports tape is justifiable given the support it gives athletes during their sustained activity and the way it prevents sports related injuries. Invention of the sports tape The highly therapeutic Sports Tape was invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase a chiropractor during the year 1970 and was used initially by the Japanese chiropractors acupuncturists and orthopaedists and other medical practitioners but was soon patronised by the Japanese Olympic team and other professional athletes. What is a sports tape made of Sports tape known by other names such as athletic tape or elastic therapeutic tape is simple strip of cotton that comes with acrylic adhesive backing and it is generally porous light in weight and non elastic though and has a high tensile strength most suited for offering firm support to the body. Sports Tape Different sports tapes and how they work Sportsmen patronize different types of sports tapes which are used for preventing injuries during sports activities. Here we shall look at some of the common among them: The pre-wrap is more for controlling irritation that could result from using standard athletic tape directly. Those who have hairs on the areas where we would be applying adhesive also go for the pre wrap. This is used even for strapping cold packs and bandages securely. The standard sports tape is designed for comfort and support to body parts that are weak and also those

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who have sensitive muscles. Generally cotton is used to make this sports tape owing to its breathability and moisture elimination capacity. The stretch tape is one that is made using rubber based adhesive which looks like soft gauze. This is used more for wrapping pressure dressing and also for strapping muscle injury. Not high on support factor this one is more for motion range and flexibility. The Kinesio tape is one that is made for stabilization of joints and muscles this tape enables the skin to breathe and does not hamper the flow of blood. This tape stays good up to 3 days and is known for supporting the kinesiology of our body and helps in the healing process as well. Are there other uses of the sports tape Sports tapes though essentially used in the field of sports have many other uses and applications it is not restricted to the field of sports alone. It is used mostly for supporting the hands and wrists to protect and stabilize them and also for holding the medical dressing in place. The adhesive coating helps to keep bandages in place. There are instances where sports tape is wrapped around handles of various sports equipments like tennis rackets hockey sticks base ball bats for getting a stronger hold on the equipment. Most common types of sports tapes Some of the more common of the sports tapes are: The elastic adhesive tape can be applied for fingers and hand support The rigid strapping tape is more common among Australian footballers for ankle and shoulder support Cotton tear stretch tape which is highly elastic is used mostly as a compression bandage to control bleeding and swelling. Conclusively it can be stated that sports tape has become an integral part of sports medicine and brings with it so many advantages. The pre-wrap is more for controlling irritation that could result from using standard athletic tape directly. This is used even for strapping cold packs and bandages securely. The stretch tape is one that is made using rubber based adhesive which looks like soft gauze. This is used more for wrapping pressure dressing and also for strapping muscle injury. Not high on support factor this one is more for motion range and flexibility.

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