You've probably noticed more runners the last few years with colorful tape running up their legs. This elastic sports tape--often called Kinesio tape, although Kinesio is one of many brands--is designed to lift the skin and allow better blood flow, which is said to increase muscular performance and allow better mobility in injured areas. Does it work? Maybe, in a few ways, according to a new report in the journal Sports Medicine.
Researchers in New Zealand reviewed the scientific literature on Kinesio taping. They found only 10 well-designed studies to analyze. Based on those the reviewers conclude that Kinesio taping may have a small beneficial effect on strength and active range of motion of an injured area. It probably doesn't help in other musculoskeletal outcomes, including pain, ankle proprioception, or muscle activity, the researchers concluded.
Researchers always say more study is needed on a given topic, but the call is well warranted here, given the relative newness of Kinesio taping and many runners' anecdotal reports of it helping. In the meantime, here are five instructional videos on taping yourself for Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, runner's knee, shinsplints and ankle sprains.
Original article and pictures take http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/kinesio-taping-may-be-mildly-effective site