Fort Collins Cycling Injuries

Why Lance Armstrong Uses Kinesio Tape

If you suffer from Fort Collins cycling injuries, Kinesio Tape can keep you on your bike pursuing what you love to do. Of all the professional athletes who utilize the tape, seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has been one of the most vocal about its usefulness. In his 2003 book, “Every Second Counts”, written with Sally Jenkins, he speaks about how Kinesio Tape helped his team recover from countless cycling injuries and go on to win numerous Tour de Frances. The following is an excerpt from Armstrong’s book which details his teams use of Kinesio Tape.

Color-Professional-Shot“The team wasn’t just the riders. It was the mechanics, masseurs, chefs, seigneurs, and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been our chiropractor. The Tour hurt in a dozen different ways. We were all sore. Sore necks, sore knees, sore hamstrings. Guys got tendinitis all the time. They crashed, or they rode in a fixed position for hours on end, and they got it. They woke up one morning and it was in an elbow or a knee.

The guy who put us all back together was our chiropractor, Jeff Spencer … Jeff is part doctor, part guru, part medicine man. He had all kinds of strange gizmos and rituals and cures, a remedy for every condition. He did things we had no explanation for-but they seemed to work. His methods ranged from basic stretching and massage to high-tech lasers, strange wraps, tinctures, and bandages. If you got road rash, he put a silvery wrap on the injury, and shot you with a laser. George swore Jeff’s lasers made road rash heal twice as fast.

Sometimes he did things to parts of your body that didn’t hurt. Let’s say your foot hurt. He’d shoot the laser at your neck, and talk to you about “nerve connections,” while you half-listened. But the next day, your foot would be better.

But Jeff had something that was better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager. He had The Tape. It was a special hot-pink athletic tape that came from Japan and seemed to have special powers. George got a problem with his lower back. Jeff turned him around and started putting hot-pink tape on it. George thought, “How can that help?” But the next day the pain had disappeared – it was gone.

We swore by Jeff’s pink tape. He would tape the hell out of anything. You had a tweaky knee? He taped it. A guy would start to get tendinitis and he’d say, “Don’t worry. No problem. We’ll tape it.” We all had pink tape on our legs.
Every morning before the stage, he’d tape us all up, different parts of our bodies. He’d do George’s back, Chechu’s knees. Sometimes we’d be so wrapped up in hot-pink tape that we’d look like dolls, a bunch of broken dolls.

One day, Johan went to him and said, “The tape is too flashy. People see the tape, and they think we’re all screwed up.” Jeff said, “What do you want me to do?”

“Tone down the tape,” he said. “Can’t you get the gray color?” But the pink tape worked, so we kept it, because it could fix things. It could seriously fix things.”

Got Cycling Injuries?

Lance Armstrong is one of the most accomplished professional cyclists of all time. He knows cycling injuries and has been through the gamut of tapes, wraps and electric massagers. There's one reason why Kinesio Tape is still a part of his training - because IT WORKS! Not only that, Kinesio Tape is fast, inexpensive and you can wear it while you ride. If you are interested in seeing what Kinesio Tape can do for your Fort Collins cycling injuries, call my clinic for a complimentary 15 minute consultation to discuss your needs. When you ride your next race faster and in less pain, you’ll be glad you did.

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