Balotelli is feeling blue

Balotelli has become the poster boy of kinesiology taping at the Euros and as a result we've been inundated with questions from users and the media. It's brilliant that kinesiology tape is receiving the publicity that it deserves but in Balotelli's situation what are the 3 strips actually doing?

Screen-Shot-2012-06-28-at-10.16.13-PM Rob Madden from our training company thankfully knows the answers:

The kinesiology tape was laid down in a ‘muscle technique’ style. During application Balotelli would have placed his lower back at stretch and then the tape would have been laid down with no tension. This in turn would have caused a response in the skin/fascia/muscles below it. Whether it is proprioceptive feedback (the body recognising the tape has been applied) or a lift on the tissues we know it works extremely well at;
  • Reducing lower back pain
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Helping to reduce the onset of muscle fatigue/stiffness.
It could have been any or all of the above reasons Balotelli wore the tape. We can assume he may get some lower back tension/stiffness and the tape will help this dramatically. Or perhaps he just thought it would help with his press-ups?!


As ever, if you have any questions about kinesiology taping please do not hesitate to ask. Rob or one of our team will only be too happy to help.

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