Women's soccer is a fun way to stay in shape, meet new people, and engage in some healthy competition. However, soccer is not for the faint of heart — it’s a fast game with very few pauses that keeps going regardless of rain, sleet, snow, or extreme heat. The same qualities that make soccer an exciting game to watch and play can also lead to injuries or post-game pain that force players to temporarily hang up their cleats. Devoted players want to get back on the field as soon as possible, and KT tape is a simple, non-invasive way for children and adults to reduce pain, speed up healing, and get back in the game.
Your muscles are constructed of fascia — bands of stabilizing connective tissue. Think of fascia like a child’s Slinky. Healthy fascia has space between its bands, just like a Slinky delightfully trekking down a flight of stairs. Injured fascia becomes stuck together and loses movement, just like when your child takes the Slinky and shoves its ends together with their hands, creating a solid, stiff toy. These stuck-together bands become inflamed, causing painful pressure to build up and preventing helpful blood cells from moving through the muscle. This slows down your body’s healing process, which slows down your return to the soccer field. Enthusiastic players don’t want to sit on the sidelines waiting forever, and that’s where KT tape comes in!
The KT in KT tape stands for “kinesiology therapeutic.” It is an athletic tape made of cotton fibers with a latex-free, hypoallergenic adhesive. It helps gently separate your muscle’s fascia, reducing pressure and inflammation and therefore reducing pain. The tape helps your muscles work better together, whether you have a new injury or an old one that’s nagging you on the field.
Make sure that you consult a doctor before using any treatment for an injury. You’ll also want to consult a professional to learn which type of athletic tape is right for you, and how to properly apply your KT tape.
Injuries and pain are never fun, but when it comes to competitive sports they often come with the territory. Properly applied athletic tape is just one of the many ways that women’s soccer players can quickly recover from injuries, stiffness, and pain.