Kinesiology Tape For Runners: Fad Or The Future?

You may be seeing more and more athletes covered in bright colored adhesive. What is it they’re wearing?

Kinesiology tape.

Caresio and Rockenseuss running in the Bill Snyder Half Marathon in Manhattan, KS. Rockenseuss (right) can be seen wearing Kinesio Tape on her shins.

Is this new craze the real deal or hype? After some research, we asked our in-house designers and avid runners, Hannah Caresio and Rachel Rockenseuss, their thoughts on the product.

Continue reading to see what this adhesive is, how Caresio and Rockenseuss use the tape, and their thoughts on if it really works.

What is kinesiology tape?

According to, kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, in addition to inflammatory conditions

How does it help you as a runner?

RR: I used it for shin splints. I for sure think that it helped. When you apply the tape you don’t pull it tight. I have used regular athletic tape before and you typically tape it tight for support. This was very new to me not needing to pull it tight. I apply a strip up my shin starting at my ankle up to my knee,

Caresio and Rockenseuss after taking 1st and 2nd place in Manhattan’s First Annual Race to Save 2nd Base.

and then place two smaller pieces of tape at the top of where the pain was and at the bottom. The first time I used the tape I  was shocked it made my shin stop hurting while running.

HC: I personally use the kinesiology tape for tendonitis I get in my foot and shin splints. I use an actual wrap or brace when the injury is severe but the tape is good for steady use on something that is on the recovery or not as “strong” as the rest of your body. It acts as a support and stabilizer. I have always been prone to ankle sprains because my ankles are kind of weak, so I also use the tape after a light ankle sprain.

So does it really work?

There is currently insufficient evidence to prove whether kinesiology tape works. Some runners swear by the tape and others describe it as a fashion statement or a placebo effect. However, if the point is to make YOU feel better then only YOU can determine the success of the bright colored adhesive.





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