In the athletic world of therapeutic tape, there’s a new kid on the block. It actually moved into the neighbourhood in 2010 but has now reached maturity and is flexing its considerable muscles. Dynamic Tape is the name and looking cool while lending support is the game.So how does Dynamic Tape benefit athletes?
For starters, it’s breathable, easy to use and water resistant. It’s used for treating injuries, technique correction, improved performance and endurance, as well as injury rehab. Did we mention that it’s soft and comfortable? If you are a runner that suffers from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, Dynamic Tape can improve your running performance or lessen the symptoms of your injuries, while protecting you from worsening a lingering injury. It is even more compelling when compared to previous athletic tape aids like elastic bandage and other less advanced tapes.
Since the London Olympics there has been a taping up explosion with athletes from the beach volleyball world championships to international tennis stars such as Serena Williams using Dynamic Tape to stay in or improve their game. If you have seen a tattoo designed tape on an athlete’s arm or leg – it is Dynamic Tape. Launched in 2010, Dynamic Tape allows the wearer to move through full range of motion without limitation but with strong biomechanical assistance (as opposed to a primary neurophysiologic approach).
In a phone interview with founder Ryan Kendrick, also a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who lives in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, he explained, “The objective is to reduce the load of the tendons during athletic performance.”
Kendrick has been using it in the treatment of athletes as well as people with other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. He found rigid tape was restricted and he needed his athletes to move to play and hence he created the Dynamic Tape when he lived on Norfolk Island, which is about 1,000 miles east of Australia. The tattoo tape is not only unique but contains strong elastic-like bungee cord properties which works like a second muscle. The tape has a tribal tattoo design created on Norfolk Island by a Tahitian artist.
Kendrick notes, “The tape is soft, and comfortable and it mimics the action of the injured muscle or tendon. Taping is good for injury management and change in biomechanics. Tape can be applied to the leg and foot in such a way that it performs the same function as the calf muscle and Achilles tendon.” Kendrick treats elite athletes such as cricket and tennis players. Kendrick points out, “The tape can strongly assist or resist movement, facilitate or inhibit and offload tissue through full range of motion. This is only possible due to its highly elastic nature (no endpoint like kinesio tapes) and to four way stretch necessary when taping multi-joint muscles or movements and performing complex, three-dimensional skills. Dynamic Taping can quickly be integrated into the clinician’s treatment approach and provides an additional treatment tool which combines well with other taping methods.”Kendrick says it best here: “The tape can help people from all walks of life – from athletes, kids with disabilities to people suffering (from) neck pain.”
He stressed in the interview the tape will help with the injury but the patient or athlete needs to do some strengthening and stretching exercises along with it.