Kinesio Tape: What Does the Science Say?

By |2020-05-18T08:53:06-05:00May 18th, 2020|Athletic treatments, Fitness, Health, Injury|

Kinesio tape was invented by Dr. Kenso Kase. It is an elastic therapeutic tape commonly used for athletic injuries, orthopedic, neuromuscular, and medical conditions (9). Kinesio tape gained wide popularity after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where athletes were seen wearing the tape during the games (12). The tape itself can stretch 120-140% of its original length (3) and contract back to its original size (7, 8). Kinesio tape is widely used in athletics as a tool to improve performance (9, 15). It has also been utilized to improve physical activity capacity in healthy adults (15). Research has suggested benefits of [...]

Soft-tissue injections: yay or nay? Part 2

By |2020-01-07T09:01:47-05:00January 7th, 2020|Athletic treatments, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Health, Sports|

Make you sure check out Part 1 of this series for background information! In the previous blog, we discussed costs and benefits of soft-tissue injections – specifically reviewing corticosteroid injections. Here we will discuss costs and benefits of 2 other soft-tissue injections: local anesthetic and Toradol. What are local anesthetics? To refresh, soft-tissue injections interfere with the normal healing process in order to get an athlete to return to play sooner. With local anesthetics, there is disruption to axonal nerve conduction (7, 24). What this does is it allows immediate pain relief for an athlete. There are a variety of [...]