Elastic therapeutic tape, better known as kinesio tape, has become ubiquitous in sporting events, notably after the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, and again in 2012 in London.
Mario Balotelli, another iconic taper, at the EM 2012.
Websites that sell the tapes are very stingy when it comes to defining which precise effects the tape is supposed to have. However, there seem to be claims that taping stabilises muscles, increase blood circulation and support the lymphatic system. Supposed explanations aren’t detailed, and don’t sound scientifically plausible.
It may be worth noting that the original inventor, Dr Kase, admits to a lack of studies. But this doesn’t deter vendors from claiming effectiveness.
Which, if any, proven benefits does taping have?