Got a roll of the new Kinesio tapes from Dr Kenso Kase himself. It's on the right of the picture, called Kinesio Tex Plus. It's thinner, lighter and made especially for people with ultra sensitive skin (even though the original Kinesio tape has no latex). See the new "leaf" like (that's what Dr Kase calls it) patterns.
According to Dr Kase, this new tape will only be released later this year in June. Well, you get a sneak preview here first. You get to see the skin color here. Apparently there will be up to 7 colors with the new tapes (there's skin, pink, blue and black now).
Well, we'll be trying out the new Kinesio tapes in the clinic.
Here's the latest and hottest debate in online running forums this past week after this article was published last week in the Nature journal (reference below). The article reviewed landing patterns while running barefoot or with running shoes and which produced more forces. You know what, the barefoot debate is about to get hotter.
The scientists studied 5 different groups of runners and had them run barefoot and in shoes while measuring their foot strike patterns, (whether the runner landed on their heels, midfoot or forefoot) impact forces, loading rate and joint angles .
What did they find? The runners who ran barefoot landed more towards the fore and mid foot. Nothing new here as many previous studies showed this already. They also found that while running barefoot the runners had a reduction in loading rate and peak impact forces (3 times lower in fact).
We know in theory that with higher impact forces means greater injury risk and this paper's findings may suggest that people who run barefoot (or at least in minimalist shoes) may have a higher chance of avoiding injury.
I guess the media will probably have a field day over this and suggest that running shoes have caused all your injuries and that you should throw away your running shoes and start to run barefoot.
Now before you all go out and chuck your running shoes away, please bear this in mind. If you haven't at all been running barefoot or even in minimalist shoes and you go try and run say even 5km barefoot I bet you'll be sore and probably even get injured the next day. Why? Well, you are now loading your muscles and joints (that have been used to shoes) that are definitely not used to this sort of loading. Even the authors suggested that there needs to be more controlled studies on whether runners who run barefoot have reduced injury rates.
So the question remains on whether barefoot running reduces injury rates or help you run faster. Well, what we do know from this latest study is that barefoot running may protect you, your feet and lower limbs from some of the impact related injuries experienced by a high percentage of runners. If you want to try it, please do so progressively.
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About Gino Ng
Prior to joining Physio Solutions and starting up Sports Solutions, Gino Ng worked as a senior sports physiotherapist at the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) from 1999-2009. He graduated with a double masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia on a SSC sponsorship.
Gino's position is perhaps most unique amongst sports physiotherapists in Singapore having seen all sides of the field as a practitioner, an athlete and as a patient.
His special interests are in the treatment of articular cartilage injuries having done research in the area whilst undergoing his postgraduate training. He specializes in treating sports injuries, as well as devising sports rehabilitation programmes after reconstructive surgeries to the shoulder, knee and ankle joints.
As a former national triathlete, Gino is a 2-time Singapore National Triathlon champion (2000-2001), National Duathlon champion (2001), 10-time winner of the National Vertical Marathon (1998-2001, 2004-2005, 2007-2010). He has also placed 4th at the 2001 Asian Duathlon Championships in Hong Kong and made several podium finishes in the Asian Cup Triathlon Series events over the years while holding down a full time job as a physiotherapist.
Partly as a result of his grueling training regime, Gino needed 3 knee surgeries in 2002 and 2003. After which he made a comeback and placed 4th in the 2005 SEA Games triathlon event.
When not participating, Gino has kept close to sports, travelling widely with the Singapore medical teams for major overseas events such as the various SEA Games, 2002, 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2006 Asian Games and he is the only local Singaporean physiotherapist to have been to both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Gino is also one of only two certified Kinesio Taping Instuctors (CKTI) in Singapore and teaches the Kinesio Taping Level 1 & 2 courses. He is also a frequent speaker at symposiums and sporting events.