Comparing Pre-cut Kinesiology Tape and Rolls Blog Image

There are several benefits of using kinesiology tape, and many people are now using it to improve their muscle performance and reduce their risks of injury. However, an issue that arises in application is when a user's specific body part requires a specific size of tape, making it challenging to apply the standard size of tape to the desired area.

Until recently, there were no body part-specific pre-cut rolls of kinesiology tape being sold on the market. As a result, people have had to purchase long rolls of tape and cut them into specific body part sizes themselves. While pre-cut technology isn't necessary for all applications, it can be useful for those areas that are trickier to fit. The following information provides an overview of the pros and cons of both kinesiology tapes, pre-cut and rolls, for a future tape user to determine which type is best suited for their needs.

Convenience

Applying kinesiology tape rolls that are not pre-cut can be more challenging and time-consuming, especially for first-time users. Although using the roll tape is not a difficult process, it requires a certain amount of preparation in terms of sizing and cutting. But once you get past the application process, kinesiology tape is a very effective solution to a wide range of injuries and pains.

The advantages of pre-cut kinesiology tape over regular tape are pretty obvious: the tape is already the right size and shapes for most parts of the body (elbows, shoulders, ankles, etc.), making it easier to apply. The main benefit of pre-cut kinesiology tape rolls is the fact that customers do not have to do the cutting themselves.

Instead, the user simply peels off the paper backing and applies the tape to your skin, making it easier than ever to utilize the benefits of kinesiology tape. Pre-cuts also saves the user a lot of time, without the need for scissors. Some people might have trouble with the application, so the pre-cut feature can be extremely helpful for them.

Before you go jumping to conclusions, though, you should know that there is a drawback to body part-specific pre-cut tape. The most obvious one is that the tape is made to be applied in a very particular way, so trying to wear it a different way might not have the desired effect. What this means is, you have to use it on the body part for which it was designed. With a standard roll, you can make it work on any body part.

Durability

When you purchase kinesiology tape, it usually comes in one roll or two. You cut it to the length you need, or it comes as a pre-cut strip and is treated like a bandage. The problem is that when you attempt to cut the tape, you may notice the tape fray. This is especially problematic if you are trying to cut for a smaller body part, such as an elbow. The amount of tape fraying is enough to create a problem with the tape staying in place for any length of time.

Technically, all kinesiology tape is meant to be cut into smaller pieces, but the generic tape that's available at pharmacies, department stores, and even online retailers is often made from lower-quality materials that fray when they're cut on a regular pair of scissors.

On the other hand, body part-specific pre-cut kinesiology tape has been designed to have the correct curvature and size to fit a particular body part. The fit makes it easier to apply to the body part, as the tape is already the right size and can be applied without cutting or tearing, which avoids the chances of fraying altogether.

Cost

Tape rolls are one of the most cost-effective ways to have access to kinesiology tape. Each roll, typically around 5m in length, can be used for multiple applications. Body part-specific pre-cut tape, on the other hand, is more expensive to start and is only meant for one application. While each method is convenient in its own way, tape rolls are often more cost-effective.

Sometimes, you need a tape cut to fit a specific area of the body, such as a knee, ankle, or elbow. In those cases, you could purchase pre-cut tape rolls, which are more expensive than rolls of tape in strips or sheets. While these pre-cut rolls of tape do make application to areas of the body quicker and easier, they also increase your costs. But other times, you don't need that kind of precision, making standard rolls of kinesiology tape suitable for those types of applications.

The Bottom Line

Body part specific pre-cut kinesiology tape and tape rolls are both used for similar purposes: to support muscles and joints. Tape rolls have the advantage of being cheaper, as you can use them for more than one application. However, you need to be careful when cutting the tape to avoid misshaping them. The tape rolls are also more versatile, as they can be used for a variety of purposes. (You can also save the leftover tape for another time, or one of your friends or family members might want to try kinesiology tape. You can't do that with body-specific pre-cut tape rolls.)

Even though rolls are a more economical solution, some people prefer pre-cut tape rolls because they are able to buy what they need when they need them. This means if you have an event coming up and need to tape a specific body part, pre-cut tapes might be the better choice. Pre-cut kinesiology tape and body-part specific kinesiology tape is easier to apply since these products are machine cut and do not require the user to cut them themselves. Which is better ultimately depends on what works best for you. In the end, both kinesiology tape rolls and kinesiology tape pre-cuts will do the trick.

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