Kinesiology tape (K-tape) has been increasingly applied to both amateur and elite athletes since its rise to popularity at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. K-tape has been reported to enhance muscular flexibility, through mechanisms which are not well understood, but are thought to be due to fascial manipulation. This article discusses the current research and ideas about flexibility and how K-tape might enhance it.
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Sarah Catlow PGCE MSc is the programme leader of the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation degrees at the University of St Mark and St John. The development of these degrees and her clinical work has led her research into the area of Kinesiology tape and the material properties linked to the application of tape in a clinical setting.
Dr Lance Doggart PhD graduated in 1992 with a BSc (Hons) Sport Science from Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University). As a research assistant he completed a PGcert in teaching and learning in HE in 1996 and completed a PhD in 2002 on the biomechanics of sports injuries.
Lance moved to Plymouth and the University of St Mark and St John in 2001. In 2012 he completed an MEd focusing on the role of the student feedback process. The development of the very successful Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation degrees at the University of St Mark and St John has led his research down the path of Kinesiology tape and predominantly the material properties associated with the tape in relation to injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Stu Slater BSc is a licensed Sports Therapist, Level Four REPs certified Personal Trainer and founder of The Movement Project; a London based Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation business.
Following a successful career as a Royal Marine Commando he went on to graduate with a BSc (1st Class Hons) in Sports Therapy from the University of St Mark & St John in 2013.
Further interest in developing a deeper understanding of the properties linked to improving human movement he focused his research into the area of Fascial Chains and Kinesiology Tape in a clinical setting and continues its practical use towards athletes & clients for enhanced performance.
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