MoHoSjo wrote:The Rocktape Website breaks down the science of kinesiology tape and how it works well.
This is all I could find on the 'science' of kinesiology tape: http://rocktape.com/products/tape/
How does Rocktape work?
When we manufacture RockTape, we introduce a bias into the weave of the fabric so it stretches in one direction and not the other. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that lifts the skin away from the soft tissue underneath, which allows more blood to move into an injured area to accelerate healing and recovery.
Improving Sports Performance
While we can’t turn a 5 hour marathoner into a 3 hour runner, we do have methods to help you break the 3 hour barrier if you’re already close. When applied properly, Rocktape can help athletes improve form and decrease fatigue through better blood flow. These are the two most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport.
Is there anything better?
My bet is that any research that shows improvements on blood flow were done on a group that already have circulatory issues. But on a healthy elite athlete?
OK I just did a quick search in web of science and there are only four hits for 'kinesiology AND tape'. And only one is relevant to performance in healthy athletes.
Title: The Effect of Kinesiology Taping on Respiratory Muscle Strength
Author(s): Zubeyir, Sari ; Nilufer, Kablan ; Burcu, Camcioglu ; et al.
Source: JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY SCIENCE Volume: 24 Issue: 3 Pages: 241-244 Published: APR 2012
And this paper is unprecedented in that they have to cite dubious sources such as 'Kinesio Taping Association' and 'http://www.kinesiotaping.com' for the previously claimed benefits of the tape. Anyway the abstract of this papers states the following:
The current findings on the effect of kinesiology taping on muscular strength do not fully support the results of other studies reported in the literature.
In the conclusion they write
The results indicate that kinesiology taping applied to primary and accessory respiratory muscles has no significant effect on maximum respiratory muscle strength.
If the proponents of kinesiology tape are similar to homeopaths their defense against the claims of this paper will be that "they did not apply the tape correctly".