Clinical Perceptions on the Physiological, Psychological, and Clinical Influence of Kinesio Tex Tape (KTT) in Health Care Practice

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Kayla E. Boehm AT, ATC * , 1 , Blaine C. Long PhD, AT, ATC * , 1 , Mitchell T. Millar AT, ATC * , 1 and Kevin C. Miller PhD, AT, ATC * , 1
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Effectiveness of Kinesiology Tex Tape (KTT) is conflicting, with some clinicians supporting and others refuting its effects. There is limited information on the psychological effects of KTT or whether its increased use has been influenced by professional athletes. The purpose of this study was to assess the physiological, psychological, and use of KTT. A descriptive survey on the use of KTT was performed with athletic trainers and other health care providers. Many reported that KTT benefited patients physiologically and psychologically. Those who thought KTT provided a physiological benefit indicated that they use it. Many indicated KTT benefited patients psychologically, without impacting them physiologically. In addition, clinicians indicated KTT use has been influenced by professional athletes.

The authors are with the Athletic Training Program, School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA.

Long (long4b@cmich.edu) is corresponding author.
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