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Can K-Tape Actually Help Your Athlete?

By Asia Mape, I Love to Watch You Play, 11/20/18, 12:00PM CST

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“The ridges on the underside of the tape help to lift up the top layer of the dermis to allow for increased blood flow to the area to assist with the healing process."

It’s impossible to watch a televised sporting event and not see k-tape everywhere. These often-colorful strips of elastic tape can be seen covering a wide range of body parts on some of the most famous athletes in the world.

And it’s made its way from collegiate, pro and Olympic athletes down to the youth ranks and across soccer fields and gymnasiums all over the world. So why then do some experts call it a placebo effect (WebMD), while other scientific studies report an actual reduction in pain (Journal of Pain) and is it something your young athlete would benefit from?