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Kinesiology Tape Review For Boxing

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Kinesiology tape (K or Kinesio tape) has started to be seen across a whole variety of sports over the last ten years as physios and athletes look for ways to treat injury and enhance performance. But is this just a fad trend professional sport athletes use and do they really help them? In this review I’ll explain what ‘k tape’ is and how it helps, which star boxer has been seen to use it, how you should apply it and what options there is for you to try out.

What is Kinesiology Tape?

When I first saw someone using K tape I was watching a rugby game and not long after it was being used by many athletes in the Olympic games in 2008. What was this strange fluorescent coloured tape they are all wearing and how was it helping them?

Well to sum it up quickly, K tape is a cotton stretchy strip tape with an acrylic adhesive which aims to support muscle or joint problems, it particularly helps athletes who have slight injuries or others who have physical disorders. It can also help aid with muscle recovery, prevents spasms and enhances muscle strength/tone.

But does it actually help? Well it’s a matter of opinion until you try yourself and I felt this video helps explains the benefits quite well!

What boxers are using k tape?

Well probably one of the biggest stars in boxing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been seen to use Kinesio tape during his training camps, his second victory over Golovkin around his knee and even in his KO victory against Amir Kahn back in 2016 (see below) where he used strips on his calf muscles.

Canelo using K tape

Apart from Canelo, there has only been a handful of professional boxers seen to be using tape, but generally only during their training camps. My personal guess is that is may show a sign of weakness or injury which could give psychological edge to their opponent if they are seen to be using them.

In today’s age with social media, boxers show what they get up to in their training camps, which makes it harder not to spot fluorescent k tape. But that’s not to say they don’t use them when the camera is off.

Injury also happens all the time in training, especially muscular injuries from over training which tends to be a big problem with lots of boxers. Maybe Kinesio tape should be more widely accepted and used to enhance the performance and aid recovery which is so vital in boxing. I do feel however that k tape does give some sort of placebo effect for anyone who uses it and you need to believe it will help you for it to make a difference.

How do you apply K Tape?

Well there are many ways and techniques you can apply kinesio tape depending on where you are having an issue, whether that be your shoulder, groin, calf, back etc. There are lots of great methods you can watch on YouTube first and foremost. But here is great resource of videos by TheraBand on how to apply K tape here.

What Kinesio Tape should I buy?

There is whole range of products which are pretty much all very similar, but here is the top three options I found on the current market which will give you a good starting point:

TheraBand Kinesiology Tape

TheraBand Kinesiology Tape

This innovative physio tape features best-in-class adhesive and unique, breakthrough XactStretch Indicators and come in variety of different colours. The Xact Stretch pattern has octagons printed on the tape. Small and large octagon indicators show when the tape is at 25% or 50%, the most common stretch amounts for kinesiology tape. This creates a visual guide that allows anyone to apply kinesiology tape with the right amount of stretch every time.

Learn more here on Amazon: TheraBand Kinesiology Tape Standard Roll

Physix Gear Sport Kinesiology Tape

Physix Kinesiology tape

Feel the confidence with Physix Kinesiology Tape, designed to reduce chronic muscular pain conditions in joints, muscles, and tendons. Physix also provide an inclusive 82-Page image packed eGuide, offering multiple taping strategies and tips for you to get the best out of your Physix Gear Kinesiology Tape.

Learn more here on Amazon: Physix Gear Sport Kinesiology Tape

No label Kinesiology Tape 

NO LABEL Pre Cut Kinesiology Tape

“No label” Kinesiology tape offers premium support which eases joint pain & muscle pain. With 7 colours of k tape to choose you’ll be looking great doing it, whether running, playing sports at the gym or a hot yoga class. It also comes along with a FREE taping guide e-book to get you started taping properly.

Learn more here on Amazon: No label Kinesiology Tape 

Conclusion

As boxer myself, I feel kinesio tape is an extremely useful product if you suffer any muscular injuries during you training. I have used it before personally for a groin injury (a difficult place to apply the tape!), and I did feel much less tightness. I’ll definitely try out in other areas where I get tightness including my back and leg muscles and let you know how I get on in a future blog. All in all I would recommend giving K tape a go if you feel the need to try something new to help your muscles tightness or injury.

Let me know in the comments below if you have used k tape before or if you are thinking of trying it out.

Thanks for reading!


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References:

Fischner Institute: https://fischerinstitute.com/benefits-kinesiology-therapeutic-tape/

IQ K Tape: http://www.iq-tape.com

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Jamie

I'm an amateur boxer and blogger trying to pass on my boxing experiences and passion to anyone looking to learn or find out more about the sport of boxing. Whether that be reviews, news, training tips or my own personal journey, I'll be covering it on "Boxing Life".

15 Comments

Paschal

I am glad you are a boxer. I delved into boxing early last year and it was fun. I just took it as a hobby I don’t fight in competition but I just love the sport. Coming to K tape most of your points are the truth.  My coach uses it on some of our boxing club members. I hope to buy it in the future, hopefully it might help with my muscle problems. Keep it up.

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Jamie

Hi Paschal, thanks for your comment. Glad to hear you like boxing and interesting to hear your boxing coach uses it too on his fighters. Hopefully you can also try it out soon and see if it can help you. Thanks again.

J

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bajram

Thank you for sharing

Thank you once again for this article very useful and very well explained for boxing. I have used tape KT Pro, for my knee. I had trouble getting two versions to stay stuck on my skin during a workout. The Kinesio Tex tape was a bit better.  

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Kari

Jamie

It looks like colored medical tape to be honest. I was initially looking into k-tape for my son but will it work for me and my everyday workouts? I like the style and color variations. Thank you. Your video was most helpful with applying this tape. My son likes it very much.

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Jamie

Hi Kari, thanks for commenting again! 🙂 I don’t see why it wouldn’t help out in your regular workouts, glad to hear that it help your son too! 

Thanks 

J

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Dianne

Hi

I have wondered what this tape was and what were the benefits,  so I am glad to have found your useful review here.

My partner suffers with dislocation of the shoulder, i wonder if in your opinion this tape would be useful to him during excercise, as excercise is recommeneded to strengthen the muscle but excercise also leads to the shoulder dislocating.

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Jamie

Hi Dianne, 

Glad to hear this article has helped you! Sorry to hear about your Husbands shoulder, I would maybe check in with physiotherapist to see if theyfeel it would or stop this from happening. For me I think Kinesio tape can help to a certain extent for the muscle. I would be careful on relying on it for the joint problems. Hope this helped Dianne.

Thanks

J

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Louis

I love the sport of boxing. With the likes of Joe Fraser, Mohammed Ali and Mike Tyson, boxing will forever be in my mind. Kinesiology tape is really becoming popular in every sport. Especially because of its tendency to reduce muscular strain on athletes. 

Thanks for this educative post. I used to see this tape on athletes but I never knew the name.

Keep up the good work!

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Jamie

Hi Louis! Love all those great names you just mention true legends of boxing. Glad you found this article informative and appreciate the kind words!

Thanks

J

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ajibola40

Nice article you post there on Kinesiology tape For boxing. Very informative on its usage in sport.

The benefits of kinesiology tape has been able to provide pain relief and muscular support to help control body parts affected by muscle inhibition, these are some of the reasons many that participants in boxing use it.

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Jamie

Interesting point here on why some may use K tape for boxing. Thanks for the comment! 

J

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akshaysaxena

Hey Jamie, that’s a wonderful article. My brother is a boxer, and always complain of injuries, he will surely need it. Planning to gift him on his birthday next month. 

I must say that I never heard about K-Tape before, I read your article and found it super valuable. Your article is complete and insightful. I liked that you have listed different K Tapes with different price tags. Easy for your readers to find a suitable one.

Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful article, looking forward for more of such.

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Jamie

Appreciate your kind words man! Really glad this article has been insightful. I’m sure your brother would appreciate this as gift, if it will help him out. Thanks again for the comment.

Thanks 

J

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Marshall

Kinesiology tape is commonly use to treat muscle injury and enhances performance for athletes. Some boxer uses Kinesiology tape to confuse their opponent, so that they can use is as an opportunity to win. I think Kinesio tape should be widely accepted because of its great enhancing performance and aid in recovery.

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Jamie

Hi Marshall, thanks for the comment. Interesting point on confusing the opponent, never would of thought of that one! lol I agree that it should be more widely accepted especially if it will help you perform or treat injuries. 

Thanks 

J

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