Some Experts Skeptical Of Popular Olympic Accessory
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Kinesio tape had a starring role at the Summer Olympics. It's used as a tool to help improve balance in athletes and prevent injuries.
"They appreciate that recoil, because it assists the muscle and helps it contract," said Alan Tyson of Architect Sports & Physical Therapy in Ballantyne.
Tyson works with olympians. He said kinesio tape is effective with the majority of his clients. "This is safe, it can't hurt the individual and we try it. If they like it, then great," Tyson said.
But, some are skeptical about the tape because there are very few scientific studies about it. Adam Denton of the Charlotte Soccer Academy admits there is a placebo effect. "If they feel good about what they're wearing, I think it has an effect. The game is confidence. If they feel confident when they're playing, they're getting some support there. I think that's part of it," he said.
Some of Denton's players have used kinesio tape. Davidson resident Lexi Navarro said it helped her with back problems,"I don't know how it did. I can't explain it. It just felt better!"When Waxhaw resident Brandi Walker pulled her hip flexor, she said it made a difference, "I think it really works a lot, it helps support a lot."
While some critics say the science doesn't stick, these athletes are glued to one of the most popular new olympic accessories.The makers of Kinesio Tape didn't return our requests for comment.