Alberto Contador using Kinesiology Tape
27-08-2016 Vuelta A Espana; Tappa 08 Villalpando - La Camperona; 2016, Tinkoff; Contador, Alberto; La Camperona;
After crashing badly on stage 7 of this years Vuelta A España, Alberto relied heavily on his team Physio’s to prepare him for the rest of this very tough stage race.
One of the treatment strategies they employed was the use of Kinesiology Tape, amongst other treatment modalities K tape can be very beneficial as it will continue to work during an event even after the Physio has completed his other treatments, i.e manipulations, massage, ultrasound etc.
This approach definitely benefited Alberto as he not only finished the race but came in a very close and respectful 4th place overall.
I am seeing more and more professional athletes using Kinesiology Tape to improve performance and support injuries. This is being backed up in my own clinics with great results being seen in many of my patients conditions including Oedema Control, Achilles Tendonitis, Anterior Patella Pain Syndrome, Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome), Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) to name a few. I rarely use Kinesiology tape in isolation but will incorporate it within a treatment plan which may also include Sports Massage, Trigger Point work, Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) Ultrasound Therapy,  Re-Hab protocols and Stretching.