Kinesio Taping for Athletes

The Kinesio® Taping Method; Research Insight for Massage Therapists Servicing Athletes

The quest to manage pain is sought after by athletes around the globe who range from weekend warriors to professional athletes. As a Massage Therapist, we join that quest each time a client in pain walks through our door.

I have been in private practice since 1991. My specialties include Orthopedic and Pain Management Massage, Medical Massage and Sports Massage. If your practice focuses in similar areas, review the research below and learn why the Kinesio® Taping Method is a valuable tool for Massage Therapists servicing athletes.

I have found the research and the results my clients experience exciting. Review the findings and consider adding the Kinesio® Taping Method to your massage therapy toolbox .

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Bibliography: Kinesio® Taping in Massage Practice 

  1. Rafael Merino-Marban, Emilio Fernandez-Rodriguez & Daniel Mayorga-Vega. The Effect of Kinesio Taping on Calf Pain and Extensibility Immediately After Its Application and After a Duathlon CompetitionResearch in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 22:1, 1-11, 2014
  1. Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. The relative effectiveness of Kinesiotape® versus dry needling in patients with myofascial pain syndrome of the Trapezius muscleDurban University of Technology, Doctoral Dissertation, 2012
  2. Rafael Merino Marban, Emilio Fernández Rodríguez, Pablo Iglesias Navarrete, Daniel Mayorga Vega. The effect of Kinesio taping on calf’s injuries prevention in triathletes during competition. Pilot experience. Hum. Sport Exerc. Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 305-308, 2011
  3. Garcia-Muro, A. L. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. Herrero-de-Lucas. Treatment of myofascial pain in the shoulder with Kinesio Taping®. A case reportManual Therapy 2010 Jun;15(3):292-5. Epub 2009 Oct 14.
  4. Caroline M. Alexander, Marie McMullan, Philip J. Harrison. What is the effect of taping along or across a muscle on motoneurone excitability? A study using triceps suraeManual Therapy, Volume 13, Issue 1 , Pages 57-62, February 2008Leamor Kahanov. Kinesio taping®, Part 1: An overview of its use in athletesAthletic Therapy Today. 2007, 12(3) 17 – 18
  5. Leamor Kahanov. Kinesio taping®, Part 2: An overview of its use in athletesAthletic Therapy Today. 2007, 12(4) 5-7
  6. Shinsuke Kuhara. Kinesio Technique Approach to Muscle Spasm and Trigger Point TherapyKTA 15th Symposium, 1999. Tokyo


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About the Author:

Scott Korb, LMT, BCTBM, CKTI

Robert Paul “Scott” Korb is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Orthopedic and Pain Management Massage, Medical Massage, Sports Massage and Core Myofascial Release.  Scott is an approved continuing education provider through the NCBTMB as well as being a Board Certified Practitioner.  He has been an instructor and educator for over 15 years including instructing Sports Massage at an accredited massage school, providing continuing education seminars and is a certified CPR instructor.

Scott has been a CKTP since 2009.  He has been an avid user, promoter and enthusiast of the Kinesio Taping Method and the therapeutic benefits it provides.   Scott is active in his area and nationwide as a clinician and educator of the Kinesio Taping Method.  He became a CKTI in 2014.

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