More and more athletes are using therapeutic tapes nowadays. In volleyball, players usually tape the shoulder area as well as the knees and elbows as these are the frequently injured and strained body parts. There are several therapeutic tape brands available in the Philippine market today and you can buy them at sports shops like Chris Sports, Toby’s, and Olympic Village. Muscle Tape (costs around P650 per roll) is perhaps the most widely used locally because its made of high quality material but at the same time, it’s cheaper than the US brands.
I’ve been using Muscle Tape for quite some time now whenever I play volleyball, basketball, and join those fun run events in Bonifacio. I have also tried the other brands (Kinesio, KT Tape). To me, all therapeutic tapes essentially provide the same function regardless of the brand. They provide support.
Benefits of Muscle Tape (or therapeutic tapes in general)
Muscle Tape is, as stated in their website: a very thin, porous cotton fabric that is about the same thickness as skin, with a medical grade acrylic adhesive. It is heat-sensitive and offers the patient or athlete extra support and stability during rehabilitation or physical activity.
Muscle Tape allows full range of motion while providing support. So if you don’t like wearing those neoprene support braces (because they stink after using it for quite some time), then you can try Muscle Tape.
Muscle Tape can decrease pain and inflammation, reduce muscle fatigue and support muscles in movement. These tapes supposedly can last up to 3 days upon application. But in my case and for others who might have sensitive skin, prolonged use of Muscle Tape can develop some itchiness due to the adhesive. In such cases, you simply have to remove it after your game and just apply new Muscle Tape the next time.
Muscle Tape can be used for a range of conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, bicep tendonitis, cervical and lumbar sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, deQuervains syndrome, elbow bursitis, headaches, shin splints, plantar fascitis, patellar pain, scoliosis, and lymphedema.
How to properly Muscle Tape yourself
You’ll be wasting Muscle Tape if you don’t know how to apply it properly. Although it is recommended to have a professional sports therapist apply tape on you, you can actually Muscle Tape yourself by following these video instructions, see below. Unfortunately, the Muscle Tape folks do not have their own instructional videos at their www.muscletape.net website yet. So I use these videos from another therapeutic tape brand (KT Tape, the brand endorsed by Kerri Walsh):
General Shoulder Pain
Full Knee Support
General Elbow Pain
You can see all the other KT Tape instructional videos here. If you’re using Muscle Tape, it’s best you use surgical scissors (you can buy at Mercury) to cut strips. Muscle Tape is available in rolls (5cm x 5m) and in Cooltex pre-cuts.
Disclaimer: Muscle Tape is the official therapeutic tape of Spikeithard Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams. We get Muscle Tape products at discounted rates, if you want to buy through us, just let us know!
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