As I watched the Olympics, it seemed as though athletes in just about every sport were seen sporting that wide tape on shoulders, arms, legs, knees, etc. First, we saw gold medal winner in beach volleyball, Kerri Walsh, sporting it on her shoulder and everyone was asking what was on her shoulder. I have seen it since on a variety of athletes in volleyball, basketball, track and others. Alex Mumbru on the Spanish basketball team wore it on his shoulder. Exactly what does this tape do?
The tape is actually a therapeutic tape produced by a company called Kinesio. The tape is designed to treat muscular disorders by improving circulation to joints. Kinesio donated 50,000 rolls of the tape to the Olympic Games for use by athletes from around the world and since Walsh has made it a very fashionable accessory, Kinesio reports that they received 1600 orders a day after Walsh's first match.
According to Kinesio, the highly-elastic tape—which can stretch 30–40 percent from its resting length—pulls the skin away from the muscle fascia and allows the muscle to breathe. It improves lymphatic flow, reducing pain, swelling and muscle fatigue. Additionally, the tape does not restrict motion and can be worn from several days straight.
The tape was first used in the Olympics in 1988 by Japanese athletes, and the exposure allowed Kinesio tape to expand into Europe and the United States. Many prominent athletes—such as Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, David Beckham, and now Kerri Walsh —have used the tape and found it to be effective.
After seeing it on Alex Mumbru's shoulder I started thinking that maybe Danny should look into getting some of this tape for Kendrick Perkins' shoulder. Perk has had recurring shoulder problems and it seems as though this tape may be just what he needs to protect his shoulder. After seeing the tape everywhere during the Olympics, it won't surprise me to see Perk sporting some this coming season. Or, how about seeing some on Darius Miles' knee, or Tony Allen's knee, or Ray Allen's ankles, or Bill Walker's knee, or Leon Powe's knees? With all the fragile knees and ankles on the Celtics this coming season, maybe Danny should buy it by the ton. It's worth a try. If it prevents just one knee, ankle or shoulder from going out, it would be well worth it.