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By Patrick Betts
Aug 22, 2012
Summit of Joy (III 5.8R) in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Any climbers out there have good or bad reviews of using K-tape while climbing? Specifically on shoulders? I have been increasingly more often sublexing my shoulders while crack climbing (previous injury, nothing new) and am worried about it finally dislocating in more commiting multipitch scenarios.

So, I know k-tape works well in traditional sports and works well for shoulders in volleyball but what about climbing? Thoughts? Opinions? Complaints?

Thanks!

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By Chris Williams
From Saint Paul, MN USA
Aug 22, 2012
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Here's the thing.... there isn't any evidence showing that "k-tape" offers any help to otherwise healthy athletes. There have been several studies that have attempted to find a performance benefit... but so far none of them have been able to find anything showing it helps.

The only place it has shown to actually help on a medical level is with whiplash victims - because it was used to limit the range of motion and allowed healing to take place.

Keep in mind all those olympic athletes got the tape donated to them for free, and at that level of world-class performance even a 0.01% improvement (real or placebo effected) can be the difference in making a medal. For the average climber, I don't think it would be useful.

See:
jsams.org/article/S1440-2440%2...

jospt.org/issues/articleID.142...

ortopedia.com.pl/fulltxt.php?I...

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By AdamB
From Chattanooga, TN
Aug 22, 2012
Black Boulder Problem, sent after a generous skin donation
For whatever reason this seems to be the new trend around the gym. I dont know what the deal is, but the folks I see using can sure toprope the hell out of all the 5.8s in there... Dummies.

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By Patrick Betts
Aug 22, 2012
Summit of Joy (III 5.8R) in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Chris - awesome information. Thanks. When I was studying athletic training a few years back k-tape was new and I never learned much about it. This was definitely the kind of info I was looking for.

In my particular situation, would k-tape help support and stabalize the ligaments and tendons in my shoulder? I'm not looking for a performance increase or benefit, I'm just looking to keep my shoulder from dislocating.

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By Chris Williams
From Saint Paul, MN USA
Aug 22, 2012
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Patrick - yes.... for altering range of motion or keeping things in place - it's much like an ace bandage, with options. Easier to put exactly where needed. It does work for those purposes. That's a legit use for the stuff.

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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
Aug 22, 2012
Patrick Betts wrote:
When I was studying athletic training a few years back k-tape was new



Unless you were studying in the late 1960s, it wasn't "new". Japanese team were using it in Seoul games if not sooner.

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By Patrick Betts
Aug 22, 2012
Summit of Joy (III 5.8R) in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Thanks Chris - that's what I was looking to use it for.

Will - new to the athletic training program at my university - therefore it wasn't taught in the core classes. You'd learn about it during practicals/internships/GA positions but not in class. That's all I meant.

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