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During the Beijing Olympics, people who watched the Women’s Beach Volleyball matches noticed something big and black on the right shoulder of Kerry Walsh. Many people thought it was a tattoo, but it is actually Kinesio Tape. In May 2008, she had surgery for a torn rotator cuff and she was having pain in her shoulder, even though she and her partner Misty May-Treanor won the gold medal.

One of the main properties of the Kinesio Taping Method is the ability to assist and support muscles without inhibiting a joint’s range of motion, unlike traditional athletic taping. Kinesio Tape can be applied in several distinctive approaches to achieve specific outcomes in an athlete or a patient and can be left in place for several days. While Kinesio Taping was originally developed for use in athletes, Dr. Bryan D. Royer utilizes it to treat all types of patients.

Kinesio Tape helps to relieve acute and chronic joint pains while increasing the joint’s range-of-motion and decreasing inflammation. Kinesio Tape can help support muscles by improving the contraction of weaker muscles as it supports the alignment of the joint. Certain techniques can increase the circulation to and from areas of the body.

Examples of Kinesio Tape in Actions

Kinesio Taping is has been getting recognition and being used by top athletes as the Beijing Olympics showed. Multiple athletes from the Olympic Games used Kinesio Tape as well as notable athletes such as  Serena Williams, David Beckham, and Edgerrin James. Click the images below to see some examples.

Photos provided by http://www.olympic.org/photos