After my hip flexor strain, I was desperate for any solution other than the prescribed “no running for two weeks” option. I know, I know, you are supposed to heal an injury rather than just bandaid the problem. I took a whole 5 days off of running. FIVE. After the miserable 5 days of walks and really easy and boring elliptical minutes, I headed back to Google for another option…
Enter my new love… KT Tape.
Apparently if I would have gone to Instagram earlier and searched the
hashtag runnersproblems, I would have seen this earlier. I’ve seen
volleyball players wear it, and I had seen it on a runner or two at
prior races, but it didn’t really dawn on me that this could help my hip
flexor. The KT Tape official website has a video on how to apply
almost anywhere. YouTube has several as well.
Check out the WHAT IT IS section of the official KT Tape website..explains a lot..
watched a few videos on hip flexor application, but I march to the beat
of my own drum, and figured out what worked best for me, a pretty
simple odd shaped X. The pain point is a good place to start like they
indicate in the video. Two strips at a time does the trick for me.
Obviously, depending on the area you may need more, or you can rip one
in half. It’s not cheap stuff ($12.99 for 20 strips) BUT it’s worth
every dime in my opinion. I’ve been wearing it on EVERY run for over a
month now. I would say running wise, my hip is mostly healed, and I
probably wouldn’t NEED to tape every run, but right now I’m almost
afraid for the first run without it. KT Tape can be purchased online or
at most sporting goods stores. I buy mine at our local Hibbett Sports.
-Obviously make sure you are OK to be running, don’t use
it as a bandaid unless you are sure you don’t have a major issue going
on! (Do as I say, not as I did)
-Use soap and water to clean the area of
skin you will be applying the tape to. Dry thoroughly.
-I read a tip
online that I always follow, and that is to use hairspray. Spray the
area of clean skin wear the tape will go before application. Let it
dry, and then apply the tape. It helps it stay on especially if you get
super sweaty. -Wear compression shorts or socks. If you tape your
calves or shins, I would recommend wearing a compression sock or sleeve
to help keep the tape in place. I wore compression shorts to help my
hip tape stay, and it helped with support and circulation.
research. Watch the instructional videos, make sure you are applying it
correctly. It’s pretty expensive, and you want to make sure you are
actually getting the full benefit of it. I’ve personally never been
professionally taped, but it is my understanding at some races or race
expos, KT Tape has a booth and they will actually tape you up. Sounds