Crazy Colored tape..Who let the Chiropractors in the Olympics
Posted: 08 August 2012 06:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Anyone who has been watching the Olympics even a little must have noticed the crazy tape that many of them are wearing.

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It called Kinesiology tape and is a chiropractic invention.

http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,16148692,00.html

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/08/07/13168398-what-is-with-that-weird-tape-olympians-are-wearing?lite

I guess i shouldn’t be surprised that athletes have fallen for this nonsense. They aren’t there for an intelligence competition and the colors are very pretty.

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Posted: 08 August 2012 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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macgyver - 08 August 2012 06:22 PM

I guess i shouldn’t be surprised that athletes have fallen for this nonsense. They aren’t there for an intelligence competition and the colors are very pretty.

What? I thought athletes were selected for their critical thinking skills.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 01:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Nice scam.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 05:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks for posting this, macgyver. I was wondering what those things were. Europeans may be a lot less religious than the rest of the world, but when it comes to this stuff, they are as bad as everybody else. It’s just that their superstitious beliefs are so much more expensive than the cross around the neck or the thanking to Jesus of the rest of the athletes.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 06:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I also wonder if atheletes, who are intensely competitive would see or hear of another competitor with this stuff and think that it may give their opponent an edge, so I’d better try it too! Or everybody’s doing it so I’ll tape myself up and see if it works. People do stupid things because they don’t research them first. And if their coaches pushed it on them then shame on them. Or as the article says, maybe it’s just self expression like George mentioned. Why not? 50cent did it. Cheap bling!

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Posted: 09 August 2012 06:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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IIRC a couple of years ago sports was replete with people wearing silly plastic “Power Balance” bracelets. One quackery fad passes, another replaces it. I’m sure the bracelets will be back in a few years, under a different name.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 09:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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If they believe it helps, shouldn’t they be disqualified for doing something equivalent to doping?  LOL

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Posted: 09 August 2012 09:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Occam. - 09 August 2012 09:00 AM

If they believe it helps, shouldn’t they be disqualified for doing something equivalent to doping?  LOL

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No. Taking an Advil wouldn’t be considered doping either.

But you know what I’ve been thinking? If it works the way a placebo does, it may temporarily relief them of pain and help them to concentrate on their performance. Placebos won’t heal a damaged muscle, but they can calm one down for a short period of time, no?

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sherry schultz - 20 January 2013 10:36 PM

The specific placement of Kinseio Tex Tape on the body affects the muscular, lymphatic/circulatory and neural systems as well as providing support for joints.

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Posted: 29 May 2013 07:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/sports/10-most-superstitious-athletes

Michael Jordan believed the mesh marvels brought him luck.

Jason Terry’s compulsion has left JET desperately tracking down the right trunks on a bad night, but a network of equipment managers and fellow players usually hook Terry up.

Boggs’ undying allegiance to his superstitions helped lead him to one of the finest pro baseball careers of all time.

Patrick Roy the former Montreal Canadien would skate backwards towards the net before turning around at the last second—an act he believed made the goal shrink.

And I’m not going to even mention UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida’s thing

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Posted: 29 May 2013 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Kenisio tape is commonly used by physical therapists.  The research on its efficacy appears to be limited, but what has been done (that i could tell) reports no evidence of treatment efficacy except in reducing short term pain. e.g.,  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23558699

Even so, for athletes competing at the top level in the world, any advantage in short term pain relief or any otherwise percieved advantage could conceivably make a difference in their performance. 

That is not to say that it’s wide spread use does not meet the level of “scammery” if it purports to do anything other than relieve short term pain, at least based on the apparent evidence so far.

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TimB - 29 May 2013 02:53 PM

Kenisio tape is commonly used by physical therapists.  The research on its efficacy appears to be limited, but what has been done (that i could tell) reports no evidence of treatment efficacy except in reducing short term pain. e.g.,  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23558699

Even so, for athletes competing at the top level in the world, any advantage in short term pain relief or any otherwise percieved advantage could conceivably make a difference in their performance. 

That is not to say that it’s wide spread use does not meet the level of “scammery” if it purports to do anything other than relieve short term pain, at least based on the apparent evidence so far.

Thanks for the link Tim. Unfortunately its difficult to assess the conclusions since this the details of the individual studies are not available without access to the full article so its tough to know how many people were included, what kind of control was used, and how significant the difference was between the two groups.
Here’s another review that came to the opposite conclusion: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23306413

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Posted: 30 May 2013 02:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Right, overall, the research, thus far shows no long term effects, though even the study that you cited indicated some minimal evidence of a short term effect.  (My guess is that it is just a relatively successful placebo effect.)  Nevertheless I can’t fault athletes for using any allowable edge, even if they might look a little silly using a placebo.

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