If you are a runner, you already know the consequences of being prone to minor injuries and muscular strains. Fortunately, kinesio tape can provide some extra support for your muscles. If you’ve never done it before, though, knowing how and where to tape your muscles can be a little tricky.
Want to prevent injury yourself before running but unsure where to begin ? This article can help you know where to apply Kinesio Tape before a running session – specifically targeting the three most common running injury areas.
- Hamstring Strain
A hamstring strain occurs when the hamstring muscle is stretched or torn. This injury typically happens when you’re overusing or straining hamstring muscles while they are still weak from an injury or not fully healed.
Weak muscles are less likely to be able to handle stress especially when exercising. Tired muscles have a lesser ability to absorb energy which makes them more vulnerable to injury.
Kinesio tape is best applied to the hamstring muscles in a stretched position so the athlete is flexed at the hip. Tape is applied at the origin of the muscle with no tension. This provides a base to provide slight tension in the lower part of the tape as it is applied. It is important to know where the hamstring muscles are located so the tape follows the length of the muscle.
- Shin Splints
Shin splints occur when you have pain in the front of your lower leg. The pain of shin splints is from the inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your shin. Shin splints are a common problem for runners, gymnasts, dancers, and military recruits.
You are more at risk for shin splints if you have flat feet or very rigid foot arches. Wearing worn out shoes also contributes to shin splints. Running shoes lose over half of their shock absorbing ability after 250 miles (400 kilometers) of use.
Kinesio Tape can help relieve the pressure and strain on the tissue as well as relax the muscles of the shin. It increases proprioceptive awareness along the tibialis anterior and increases circulation to help quell inflammation.
- Runner’s Knee
Runner’s knee is a common condition that involves pain along the front of the kneecap. It is also referred to as patellofemoral syndrome or patellofemoral pain syndrome. Although running is a common cause, it can also result from other activities such as skiing, soccer, basketball, and hiking.
Runner’s knees are usually caused by a structural defect, or a certain way of walking or running. Other causes that can contribute to the illness are kneecap position that is too high in the knee joint, weak thigh muscles, poor foot support or simply excessive training or running.
Taping the area while training is an effective strategy used to support and rehabilitate the knee and surrounding structures.
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