In professional athletics, it is common for different athletes to experience minor or serious injuries during moments of extreme strain. Different sports have come up with different ways to prevent or contain these injuries to ensure that athletes still remain competitive. Some of the modern protective gear includes helmets, grips, different types of sports tapes and knee braces. These pieces of equipment can be used for a variety of sporting activities to prevent injuries: from biking to canoeing.
Sports tapes are commonly used around joints and other delicate areas that may be susceptible to injury such as the back for some sports. Doctors and physiotherapists recommend these to professional and semi-professional athletes to prevent soft tissue injuries, strain or other forms of injury that could affect the performance and productivity of an athlete. In highly activity sports such as gymnastics and canoeing, kinesiology tape is used to prevent strain and fatigue to highly involved muscle by increasing blood flow.
Regular sports tapes are used around elbows, knees and wrists to prevent injury to the soft tissues and joints within. Sports such as tennis and squash which utilise a lot of energy that is concentrated on the joints heavily rely on sport tapes for prevention of injury and inflammation. Other sporting events also utilize the sports tapes to inflammation and swelling from pressure resulting from overexertion. (more...)