Kinesio Taping Therapy Showcased at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission arranged Kinesio Taping therapy and demonstrations for athletes and medical personal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. This method of therapy has become a core technique under the IOC Medical Commission. The popularity of Kinesio Tape exploded among Olympic athletes ever since the media reported about athletes wearing the brightly colored tape during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Kinesio Tape is a breathable elastic adhesive tape treating many physical disorders and injuries including lymphedema, low back pain, and patellar strains. Unlike traditional sports tapes that restrict movement, this patented tape allows muscles a wider range of motion. The Kinesio Taping Method gently lifts the skin and tissue over a muscle allowing blood and other body fluids to move freely. This improves circulation, reduces pain, and speeds healing. Olympic athletes use Kinesio Tape to treat sore and strained muscles.

Dr. Kenzo Kase, Founder of Kinesio Taping

In Sochi, two Certified Instructors (CKTI) and about 90 Trainees assisted Dr. Kenzo Kase, the founder of Kinesio Tape and the taping method. These specialists are treating Olympic athletes from all over the world at various polyclinics. The polyclinics offer a wide array of medical, rehab, and diagnostic services, available to all athletes, under one roof for the duration of the games. In addition, the IOC Medical Commission has asked Dr. Kase to provide a workshop to help train delegates, from all over the world, on the use and application of the Kinesio Taping Method. Dr. Kase taught the IOC Medical Commission workshop on February 17, 2014. With 65 medical chiefs from the IOC, it was a great success and the most participated of any workshop.

A Celebration

The Kinesio Taping Association held a countdown celebration called 35 Memories in honor of Dr. Kase’s development of the Kinesio Taping® method 35 years ago and his IOC Medical Commission sponsored the workshop. Each day between January 14 and February 17, 2014, the Kinesio community shared memories, tributes, and trivia of past Winter Olympics. Dr. Kase offered the final memory of the countdown, recalling the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan.

“Dr. Hara, Vice Chairman at JATAC (Japan Athletic Trainers Association) urgently requested for us to deliver Kinesio Tapes to the Olympic venue. They were having a problem because the tapes sent by Mizuno, main sponsor for supplies at the Olympic village, were copy tapes. Most of the athletes were used to using Kinesio, they complained about the copy tapes and hated them.

The day we went to deliver the Kinesio Tape, it was a blizzard. We stuffed the car with as many rolls and boxes of Kinesio Tape as we could and hit the road. We arrived at the Olympic Village safely and the athletes were able to
receive Kinesio Tape. They were very happy!”

History of Kinesio Tape

Kinesio Tape was invented in the 1970s but the 1988 Japanese Olympic volleyball players were the first to use it. During the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, a U.S. female volleyball player was spotted wearing a brightly colored sports tape by the media. Once the news revealed it was actually Kinesio Tape she was wearing, the word quickly spread and has become a favorite treatment modality among many amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes.

Helping Patients in Windsor, Ontario

The Kinesio Taping Method has been used to help patients in Windsor, Ontario at Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic. It’s a totally new approach to treating muscles, nerves, joints, pain, and swelling. In fact, both Lana Berton (physiotherapist) and Dr. Roger Berton (chiropractor) are not only Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioners (CKTP) helping their patients but also 2 of only 4 Certified Instructors (CKTI) in Canada who have been training health care providers nationwide. Together they have taught hundreds of health care providers at over a hundred workshops and have successfully treated patients and athletes with the Kinesio Taping Method.

For More Information

For health professionals seeking more information visit the Kinesio Taping Canada website.

Athletes and patients can find out more about treatment on the Berton Physiotherapy Kinesio Taping page.

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