Why Canada's Number One Tennis Player Uses Kinesiology Tape
Hailing from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Denis Shapovalov is a Canadian professional tennis player noted for his all-around game, powerful striking ability, speed, strong court coverage, and competitive spirit. Shapovalov regularly tagged along for training sessions to watch his mother coach his older brother starting at the age of 5, setting the stage for an illustrious career.
Shapovalov has a long history of wearing SpiderTech Tape. Dating back to his first Roger cup in 2016, where Denis electrified his home crowd in Toronto wearing the SpiderTech Upper Knee Spider.
As an advocate for using kinesiology tape, Shapovalov became an official SpiderTech partner after the company announced his signing with them this year. Shapovalov, who is currently ranked 11th in the world, will promote the company's pre-cut technology tape, which is used to treat injuries and assist in rehabilitation.
“I use SpiderTech to relieve muscle tightness, manage pain control and provide structural support – on and off the court,” said SpiderTech's newest brand partner. “The tape also helps me boost my recovery from the aches and pains earned in practice and in matches and injury rehab.” Shapovalov is an extremely fast baseline player who is considered one of the best up-and-coming players in the world, and SpiderTech hopes that the signature of their newest star will help them reach new heights.
Tennis Players and World-Class Athletes Use Kinesiology Tape
Athletes have always been prone to injuries, particularly when it comes to professional tennis players. In fact, at almost every ATP tennis tournament, there is at least one player that withdraws due to an injury. These injuries range from blisters, rolled ankles, and muscle strains to more serious long-lasting injuries like rotator cuff tears, back, and knee injuries. This is why kinesiology tape is so popular among professional tennis players—it is used to improve position sense and movement control, maintain muscle flexibility and play at a higher level through aches and pains.
With professional tennis players making millions of dollars a year, it is not surprising that they are all looking for an edge to playing well and competing with the top players. One of the more popular ways to get a competitive boost these days is the use of kinesiology tape. Taping up the muscles and joints can help reduce the regular pressure on muscles and joints and improve performance.
Despite what you may think, this is not a new practice, either. Taping has been used by both sprinters and cyclists for years. In fact, the practice of kinesiology taping dates back to the 1970s, and it has become a popular treatment for runners, soccer players, and other athletes. The support the tape provides for muscles and joints has been shown to help relieve pain associated with muscle weakness, stiffness, and swelling, as well as injuries such as sprained ankles and knee pain.
How Kinesiology Tape Works
In simple terms, kinesiology tape is a cotton elastic bandage with an acrylic adhesive that is hypoallergenic, latex-free, and designed to freely move with your skin. When applied to the body, it sticks to the skin without any need for fasteners or a prescription. Kinesiology tape works by stimulating the skin and underlying tissue to take advantage of how the body naturally kills pain. The tape also lifts the skin slightly, which increases blood flow, the circulation of swelling/inflammation, and reduces pain.
Perfect for athletes, kinesiology tape is designed to help with muscle pain and soreness caused by physical activity. Taping can also help with blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. When applied by stretching the muscle not the tape, the kinesiology tape should not restrict your range of motion; just provide neurological feedback and additional support.
The engineered material of the tape can stretch and conform to most areas of the body. It is typically used to treat common athletic injuries that cause pain and stress on a joint or muscle. Unlike other taping techniques, such as athletic tape, kinesiology tape is primarily non-rigid and is placed on the skin to provide support instead of compression. Kinesiology tape is easy for anyone to apply, and it can be removed by simply pulling it off.
When athletes are looking for a way to support and protect their muscles and joints without compromising their performance, kinesiology tape is the go-to solution. Kinesiology tape allows athletes to easily apply the tape themselves, and most importantly, athletes say it's more effective than other options. The bottom line is that kinesiology tape helps athletes get back into the game. What makes SpiderTech tape different from other brands, though, is their engineered pre-cut technology.
SpiderTech's pre-cut kinesiology tape is the preferred choice of athletes for a few reasons. Not only does it save time by eliminating the need to cut the tape for the desired area yourself, but it also offers superior support for performance athletes. The pre-cut tape is machine-cut, which makes every application 100% reproducible, strong, and lasts longer than other kinesiology tapes. This means that the tape will remain adhered to even in the harshest conditions and continue to offer support during intense workouts and competitions.
Worn under his regular clothes, SpiderTech's pre-cut tape helps Shapovalov with his flexibility, balance, and posture. While Shapovalov is young and has a lot of battles ahead of him, the young tennis pro has already proven his character and resilience on the court with the help of SpiderTech (and his natural talent).