D3 Kinesiology tape is elastic therapeutic tape has been given a high profile thanks to such athletes as Serena Williams, Kerri Walsh and David Beckham.
Yet d3® K tape is effective for treating a wide range of problems, not just sports injuries. In fact, the main users of K tape when it was first introduced in Japan were orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other alternative practitioners.
The elastic cotton strip and an acrylic adhesive is perfect for treating a variety of injuries and physical disorders, from tennis elbow to pregnancy pain.
When a muscle is inflamed, swollen or stiff, the space between the skin and the muscle is compressed resulting in constriction and congestion to the flow of lymphatic fluid and blood circulation. This compression applies pressure to the pain receptors resulting in the feeling of soreness to the affected area.
Applying D3® K6.0 Kinesiology Tape helps to lift the skin allowing increased lymphatic fluid and blood flow to the affected area. This reduces friction and pressure on the damaged tissues and relieves the feeling of pain. Supporting and promoting injury recovery reduces muscle fatigue, encourages increased range of motion and supports better quality muscle contraction.
However there is another application of D3 tape that is becoming increasingly popular with hockey players in the southern hemisphere. It is the perfect grip or over grip.
Because of its textured cotton fabric, stretch qualities, and acrylic adhesive it provides a non slip surface that not only feels good but supports movement of the hands in the execution of hockey skills required. It is good for dry and wet conditions. It is a thin fabric so you can add to existing grip without adding bulk through a wide overlap application or where you wish to build up the thickness of your grip you can apply a close overlap.
Another advantage of D3 tape is that it comes in a 6 metre continuous roll so you can use the roll a number of times. Hence value for money at AUD $12.95 for Mazon branded Diverse D3 Tape. It comes in a variety of colours.
How to apply D3 tape as over grip to your hockey stick
- Peel off the backing tape
- Starting at the top or bottom if you prefer. Keeping the stick between your legs is one method of application. Stretching gently the tape as you apply for an even application.
- Overlap each time as you do with normal gripping. The amount of overlapping will be in accordance with how thick you want your grip to end up being.
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