White? Red? Green?
No, we are not picking Christmas costumes.
We are talking about athletics tapes here.
Did you know that you could select the color of your athletic tapes? And that the color can have an impact on the performance. Well, now you know and are about to know more about colored athletic tapes.
Sports injuries are mainly sustained by athletes on their limbs; ankles and wrists; this is because these are the major parts of the body used during a competition, practice, or games.
This is where Athletic tapes come into play. Athletic tapes stabilize joints or limit the range of motion after an injury must have been sustained during sports. These tapes support the ligaments and capsules of unstable joints by limiting excessive or abnormal anatomical movement.
Taping also enhances proprioceptive feedback from the limb or joint. Finally, taping can support injuries at the muscle-tendon units by compressing and limiting movement and securing protective pads, dressings, and splints.
Athletic Tape vs. Kinesiology Sports Tape
Things might get a little confusing here, but it's not that difficult to grasp.
The athletic tape provides a compressive effect; hence they can not be worn for too long unlike the kinesiology sports tapes which can be worn for days without any discoloration whatsoever; the athletic tape however is only used during activity and should be removed after because it might discomfort if worn for too long.
When using athletic tapes, you should try to check for signs of compromised circulation, such as tingling, numbness, abnormal swelling, or skin discoloration.
Athletic tapes, unlike kinesiology tapes, are not waterproof and are not meant to be kept in the shower or pool. Keeping athletic tape on while wet can affect the skin underneath. Both the Athletic tape and Kinesiology tapes are special elastic and breathable adhesive tapes used to support healing processes.
The athletic tape has versatile effects. Thus, the tape supports muscle joints and ligaments for the period during which it is worn while also promoting nerve activity in the affected area.
Functions of Athletic Tape
Athletes use the athletic tapes before a game to support their joints, tendons, and muscles; they also help reduce fatigue and pain from injuries during their activities. Specific ways in which they help include:
- Easing muscle tension
- Reducing joint complaints
- Serving as an assistant to muscle, and ligament injuries
- Reducing general and non-specific pain in the musculoskeletal system
- Reducing tendon insertion irritation
- Stabilizing and preventing injury
What do the colors mean?
You must have seen different colors of elastic tapes all over athletes during games and wondered if the color really mattered. You came to one of three conclusions:
- They have bad color coordination
- The tape wasn't enough
- The colors hold a particular significance.
Before you get your athletic tape, you should know that the material for every tape is the same. There is no such thing as red tape being thicker or blue tape being more elastic.
However, the only difference results from conclusions drawn from color therapy and a few other studies.
What is that conclusion, you may ask? But first, promise not to laugh! There happens to be an effect of color on sports success.
While it might sound funny to you. You'll be surprised at the number of studies trying to prove this true. A lot of study in recent times has even been able to prove it. Not without loopholes, of course.
One study, in particular, said that athletes wearing red are more likely to triumph over competitors in blue, even when skill level is considered. Other studies cited purportedly show increased success related to red uniforms in English soccer and rugby teams.
The most important thing is that the tape does its job. If any personal feeling you have towards the color works in your favor then that's a bonus.
Red tape could work well for someone who loves red and be quite triggering for someone who has an aversion to the color.
There are several tape colors ranging from; Red to blue, green, yellow, pink, beige, purple, black, white, and orange.
All of which hold a particular meaning to every individual. But generally, here is what they say; That dark-colored tapes absorb more light, and therefore a warming effect is attributed to them.
On the other hand, bright-colored tapes reflect light, giving the tapes a cooling effect.
The red tapes are also called ‘warning tapes.’ Here, you'll have to let go of your ‘red means danger’ psychology. These tapes are said to be very strong and vital. They stimulate blood circulation and have a warming and stabilizing effect. They are said to be used after muscular exertions and for chronic diseases.
The red tapes are even considered to possess a winning streak; anyone who wears red has really been noticed to be more successful in sports.
Blue has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect. Who else thought of the sea? Since the beginning of time, the color blue has signified calm. Blue tape is used for cooling; therefore, it is often used for heated processes in the body. Bruises, swellings, certain inflammations, and acute ailments are also treated with blue tape.
What do you think of the color yellow? We thought of bananas here! The yellow-colored tapes are said to have a stimulating, invigorating, and nervous effect. They stimulate the metabolism and represent the movement of fluids and are therefore used for edema or lymphatic congestion. The tapes have also been said to positively affect the stomach and liver.
Green tapes stand for natural healing and tend to have a calming effect, just like blue tape. They have the effect of strengthening and regenerating weak parts of the body of the user. Therefore, green tapes are often used in situations where additional strength or support is needed, i.e., for joint and tendon inflammation.
They are also used for organ areas or tissue congestion.
Purple tapes have a cooling and regenerating effect, just like blue tapes. They give the user a sense of calm. In addition, violet tapes help the user forget the pain because the color has a liberating and balancing effect. After using violet tapes, a noticeable reduction in pain over time of its application has been reported.
Black tapes are said to represent strength and willpower. They strengthen the effect of other tapes, almost acting like a leader to the different tape colors. So you will most likely notice them all over other colors of tape. Black tapes are used on all injuries because they do not have just one particular function but rather strengthen the function of the other tapes.
Beige is a color to white; for those who don't know, the beige tapes have a neutral effect and are often used when patients do not know how the tapes affect the body. Beige tapes are gentle on nerve injuries and are used in places where the tape should not be directly noticeable.
White is equal to purity, so you must already know that these tapes will have a neural effect, and they do. At least, that's the conclusion most have drawn. They are also applied in cases where the tape color is not particularly significant. They are often pasted on the intervertebral discs.
We all know that there is a close semblance between red and orange. Like just a little less dangerous, so if you see an orange sign, you might still want to run for it.
The orange tapes are also similar in function to the red tapes and also have a warming effect. In addition, orange tapes are said to strongly influence the internal energy flow.
Pink tapes are said to activate, warm, and energize. They stimulate the metabolism and hence can be used instead of red tape.
Here is what we think!
It's all psychological. Any effect the tape might seem to have on you is a result of what meaning you have already attached to the color. So regardless of the color of tape you are getting, your focus should be on selecting the best possible quality, color disregarded.
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