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Top 5 Ways to Make Sure Your K Tape Sticks, Every Time

Top 5 Ways to Make Sure Your K Tape Sticks, Every Time - SPORTTAPE

Kinesiology Tape not sticking?

Tape peeling off halfway through your exercise?

There’s 2 reasons for that…

1. You’re using the wrong tape, or

2. You’re getting something wrong when applying.

Rob Madden here. Sports Physio and Elite Performance Coach in Formula One. I’ve worked with athletes of all levels for more than a decade and used thousands of meters of SPORTTAPE K TAPE. Safe to say, I’ve seen it all.

SPORTTAPE K Tape has been my go-to for decades, so believe me, it sticks.

Follow this guide and I guarantee you won’t have a problem with your K Tape not sticking anymore.

1. APPLY IN ADVANCE

That’s one hell of a glue on the SPORTTAPE K Tape, but, it needs time to set to the skin. You should apply your tape in advance, 30 minutes, at least, but an hour is best. If you can do that, you’ll be golden.

2. CLEAN, DRY SKIN

Moisturisers and waxes are the devils juice when it comes to K Tape. They stop the glue from sticking, so it’s essential to make sure your skin is CLEAN and DRY before applying. Plus, SHAVE if you can. You need a good surface area to stick the tape to and hair doesn’t count.

3. EASY ON THE STRETCH

The main reason for ‘reactions’ to K Tape is that it’s been overstretched. Stretching the tape causes it to recoil, and this creates a bit too much friction for the skin. There’s never a reason to stretch the tape beyond 50-75%, and ALWAYS make sure your ends are stuck down with NO STRETCH.

4. TAPE TO SKIN

Where you can, it’s always better to tape directly onto the skin rather than over another piece of tape. Tape sticks okay to other tape, but it sticks MUCH BETTER to your skin. 

5. DON’T TOUCH THE GLUE

As soon as you touch the glue it loses some of it’s adhesion and leaves a residue behind, and that’s not good news when it comes to making tape last. You can avoid this by ripping the backing paper at various points. This allows you to stick the tape down without touching the glue.

If you’re still struggling to get your tape to last then get in touch and tell us more about your application. We’ll get you fixed up in no time.

ROB MADDEN, PHYSIO & PERFORMANCE COACH

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