Kinesio Tape: The Secret of Success For Tottenham's Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has had a corker of a season for Tottenham Hotspur, but amongst the awards, towering performances in Europe and chimpanzee-lookalike competitions, he's also been seen with black tape on his legs. Here's the scoop...
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Gareth Bale has had a corker of a season for Tottenham Hotspur, but amongst the awards, towering performances in Europe and chimpanzee-lookalike competitions, he's also been seen with black tape on his legs. Here's the scoop...

Gareth Bale has had a corker of a season for Tottenham Hotspur, but amongst the awards, towering performances in Europe and chimpanzee-lookalike competitions, he's also been seen with black tape on his legs. Here's the scoop...

Whatever you think of Gareth Bale's status as PFA Player of the Year, you can't deny that the simian-featured winger has had a blinding season for Tottenham Hotspur. The highlight was, of course, his brutal destruction of Maicon in the San Siro which led to Real Madrid, Barcelona and, of course, Man City putting out unattributed statements about how he'd 'suit' their playing style.

If you've been watching closely you'll have noticed that, alongside his Redknapp-inspired confidence, the Welshman has been sporting black tape on his inner thighs. And if you haven't, it's on the picture above.

Rather than being a ridiculous fad like Robbie Fowler's nose band, Kinesio Tape has been knocking around in Japan for 20 years. It is so successful and widely used by athletes that the inventor, Kenzo Kase, gets mobbed and asked for autographs wherever he goes.

Nobody from ST has, of yet, tried it so we cannot attest to its merits. However one of the workies has been attempting to get the same effect using gaffa tape.

Anyone who has hobbled to casualty on a Monday morning after having their knee or ankle booted by a hungover gorilla will know about the principles of RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and also know that it is pretty much impossible to stick to them when you've got to go to work. Kinesio tape turns this theory on its head - the tape lifts the skin to reduce the pressure on the pain receptors, in Bale's case his dodgy thighs, and helps to drain the injury.

The tape is particularly popular with tennis players as they use it on their hands and wrists so that they can continue to swing freely without protecting the injury. Now available from Boots for us part-timers, the theory behind it does sound better than some Deep Heat and four quick pints post-match to numb the pain.

But did it actually help Gareth Bale in that season defining performance for Tottenham Hotspur? "Yes, definitely, " says Kevin Anderson, MD of Kenesio Taping UK, "Gareth had niggling injuries and the tape helps with the pain. I'm not going to say it boosts performance, but it certainly helps you remain close to peak fitness."

Nobody from ST has, of yet, tried it so we cannot attest to its merits. However one of the workies has been attempting to get the same effect using gaffa tape.

We've just sent him down the shop for a long weight.

Find out more at www.kinesiotaping.com

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