RafaLint: July 1st, the Kinesio Tape edition
Howdy, peeps. The wackiness at Wimbledon continues and proves, yet again, that there’s no such thing as a sure thing in sports. And seriously? That’s why I love it so.
I was looking around for information on Kinesio tape the other day and wrote to the makers of it. I sent them the picture of Rafa that’s in this article and asked if they could provide any information on the type/style of taping and what it might be trying to accomplish. I wasn’t actually expecting a reply, but I figured…why not ask? Guess what – they replied!
Thank you very much for your email. The Kinesio Taping® application in the image you sent is a lymphatic application intended to reduce swelling and edema in an area. The black strips of tape are called Kinesio® Tex Fan Cut strips and are designed to direct lymphatic fluid towards the nearest lymph node in order to reduce the congestion in the area. With Kinesio Tex tape being applied directly to the skin and having elastic qualities the tape is designed to lift the epidermis which is the top layer of skin. With the skin lifted in the area Kinesio Tex tape is applied this provides more interstitial space for fluid to flow. This fluid is directed underneath the strips of tape and up to the strips anchor point which is located near a lymph node allowing excess fluid to be drained out of the congested area.
As for the white and beige tape that is used in the photo, that is a different taping method from Kinesio Taping.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. We’d be more then happy to provide any other information and/or photos.
Please keep in mind, however, they are just speculating based on a single photo. I thought it was pretty nice of them to reply to such an out of the blue question.
- Eric Babolat on Shoes, Nadal, and the Future of Tennis Technology – by Blair Henley. We learn Rafa doesn’t care for charts and slides about spin.
“We prepared a presentation with slides…and he looked at it and said, ‘I don’t understand. It’s too technical, but I’m sure it’s good.’”
- Twitter analysis: Nadal causes a storm but Brits most-loved – via wimbledon.com. Twitter be chattin’ ’bout Rafa.
- There’s a Passer-by Rafa in this Tom Tebbutt Wimbledon blog.
- Rafael Nadal looks to this 15-year-old for inspiration; Lee Duck-Hee lost in the first round to Christian Garin (a client of Rafa’s new management company).
Rafa does social media:
- Rafa let us know that he has a gorgeous view.
Social media related to Rafa:
Not much else going on in public RafaLand. So, here’s some random stuff:
- Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Tennis Pros – by Tom Perrotta. Pros don’t seem to think they should pass on a tennis career to the next generation.
- Financing the Tour – by James Mc Gee. Just how do the lower ranked players get by financially? Not very well.