Which Sports Tapes are the Best?
There are several different taping products and solutions to choose from when you want to protect your body against injury or are undergoing therapy. Deciding which sports tapes are the best depends upon the type of activity. Generally, the three different techniques used are traditional taping, kinesiology taping, and McConnell taping.
- Traditional Sports Tapes – These are intended to be applied right before the activity and removed afterwards. They are not designed to be left on for a long period of time. Some people have an adverse reaction to these tapes because they are made from latex. The tapes also cause skin irritations, are not breathable, and trap moisture in between the tape and skin. They are inflexible and sometimes contribute to injuries of the joints and muscles due to compression.
- Kinesiology Taping - Does not restrict movement or motion and provides additional support and strength in the area where it is applied. It is made from 100 percent breathable cotton and is latex-free. It can be worn for up to five days and is waterproof. As a result, it offers safe and comfortable wearing for extended periods of time. It may be used for both preventive and therapeutic purposes.
- McConnell Taping - A special tape used for therapeutic and physical therapy purposes. It is only used for a short period of time because it constricts movements. The mesh tape is made from cotton, but is highly rigid. It is not commonly used for sports other than rehabilitative treatments, such as the re-stimulation of neuromuscular activity in the affected area of the body.
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Apply Muscle Tape Before Working Out
Teenagers and young adults tend to be more active because they are more aware of the benefits of exercising on a regular basis. However, due to the increase in muscle activity, there can be a higher incidence of injuries. The potential for injuries is able to be reduced by remembering to use muscle tape. What is muscle tape? Well in this case we are referring to Elastic Kinesiology Therapeutic Sports Tape. Taping muscle groups helps add support to the area without restricting your movements. It also activates muscle motion and relieves muscle soreness and discomfort.
Another thing to remember is to not over strain the muscles. This problem occurs from overworking a particular area of the body. It is easy to get caught up in reaching workout goals by forgetting the importance of rotating routines to avoid this issue. For example, if you perform upper body training one day, the next day work on lower body training. You may even want to take a day off in between to allow the muscles a full day to relax.
Further, you should rotate between anaerobic strength training and aerobic training. These two types of training allow you to develop a well-rounded exercise regimen. Muscle tape can be used for either training activity. There are pre-cut sections of tape available for your knees, neck, back, shoulders, elbows, legs, ankles, and feet.
Taping muscle groups and joints prior to exercise can help reduce injuries, as well as bring relief from sore muscles in between regular work outs. To learn more about pre-cut elastic kinesiology therapeutic sports taping products, visit our website.