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volusiano
01-21-2010, 01:18 PM
I notice in the Blake/Del Potro match that both of them wore some kind of brown color brace over some white stuff on the inside at the Australian Open that I haven't seen worn by pros before. Blake had it on his knee and Del Potro had it on his forearm. Does anybody know what kind of brace it is and where I can learn more about it online?

The new thing in the last couple of years had been the black/other color tape in an elongated shape worn by pros in a vertical fashion (don't know what it's called). But this year I notice this brown thing worn around the limbs as the "new" thing...

mike53
01-21-2010, 01:55 PM
black/other color tape in an elongated shape worn by pros in a vertical fashion (don't know what it's called)


I think the tape is called kinesio tape, but I can't tell you how it's used.

SystemicAnomaly
01-21-2010, 11:53 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/20/article-0-07F03E34000005DC-604_468x336.jpg
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/thumbs/t_Del-Potro_20_05.jpg

SystemicAnomaly
01-22-2010, 12:05 AM
The brown "brace" may actually be brown zinc oxide tape with a white underwrap. It could be that Del Potro did not want the adhesive zinc oxide tape applied directly to hit hairy forearms so the non adhesive (foam-type) underwrap was used under the zinc oxide strapping tape.

http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/strapping-and-taping.php#Types
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volusiano
01-22-2010, 01:28 PM
Thanks for posting those pictures, Systemic. That's exactly what I'm talking about. Blake in the same match there wears one on his knee, too, I believe.

OK, so it looks like it's just used to apply some pressure to limit the range of movement then? Nothing new or magical about it then?

volusiano
01-22-2010, 01:33 PM
I think the tape is called kinesio tape, but I can't tell you how it's used.

Yes, thanks, Mike53, Kinesio is the older kind of tape I was referring to. I'm not sure how it's used either. I'm guessing maybe you put it on in a non-stretching position so that when you're in the stretching position, it'll help give some resistance so you won't stretch too much or something.

SystemicAnomaly
01-22-2010, 07:38 PM
Thanks for posting those pictures, Systemic. That's exactly what I'm talking about. Blake in the same match there wears one on his knee, too, I believe.

OK, so it looks like it's just used to apply some pressure to limit the range of movement then? Nothing new or magical about it then?

This type of taping primarily provides compression -- it changes the geometry of the muscles somewhat to alleviate stress to the muscles & tendons. In some cases it might limit ROM a little. If the tape on Del Potros' forearm is fairly snug, it can provide some feedback on how tightly his fingers grip the racket handle. This will tend to keep his fingers and forearm fairly relaxed.

The colorful kinesio you refer to in your last post has been around for a while but has only just become really popular in the past few years -- notably at the 2008 Olympics. It does not provide any compression and does not appear to restrict ROM at all. Supposedly, kinesio tape "works with the lymphatic system to increase circulation of blood and lymph in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain". I've also heard the kinesio taping provides additional muscle feedback. Not certain about this tho'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinesio_tape (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinesio_tape#Comparison_to_other_taping_techniques )
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mike53
01-26-2010, 11:56 AM
Check out these instructions for kinsesiotape. Could be promising
http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-241-286--13020-0,00.html

mike53
01-26-2010, 12:05 PM
Another promising application:
http://sportsmedinfo.net/reviews/index.php/blog-topics/143-kinesio-tape-tennis-elbow

I'm going to try this myself. Fifteen bucks for materials, no real downside, it could work.