KT Tape for cyclists, how tape can increase performance
Kinesio taping is widely used in the sporting world for rehab and joint stability. Research from 2016 suggests that kinesiology tape may also improve sprint performance. The mechanisms behind this are not entirely understood, but may rely on tactile stimulation of mechanoreceptors. This stimulation may enhance the excitability of motor units and thus increase muscle contractility.
Taping for cyclists is done on the quadriceps along the anterior thigh muscles. KT Tape has a written guide and video guide for taping if you are considering to experiment. Many athletes have tried kine tape to help with injuries, one of them being Lance Armstrong.
An injury that is unfortunately popular amongst cyclists is tendinitis. Patellar tendinitis is an injury connecting the kneecap to the shinbone. Extending the knee will hurt, and as there is no way to ride without extending the knee, any cyclist can confirm the annoyance this injury brings.
Icing and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory might help, but the adverse effects on your stomach because of these drugs are worse than helping your knee to heal with KT Tape. While under no circumstance we will argue that tape is a miracle for any injury, kinesiology tape can help to prevent injuries and help support inflamed tendons. Most of our tape holds up for a few days when correctly applied.
As we are discussing kinesiology tape for cyclists, it’s obvious that we target the most important part of a cyclists’ body, the legs. However, KT Tape has been used by cyclists not only to support their legs, but also the arms, shoulders and neck can get very sore after a long distant ride.