Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of a body’s movement. The taping of the muscles and structures initiating that movement has popularized the trend known as kinesio taping. The practice serves to improve pain, performance, and various physical deficiencies by using sticky, elastic tape to decompress swollen and injured muscles. When applied correctly, kinesio tape is able to lift the skin, thereby decompressing the layers of fascia underneath and allowing greater blood flow through the area. In turn, this promotes healing, relieves pain, and speeds up recovery times.
If you read my post on hand care, then you know that my favorite kind of grips are no grips. My hands are small and make it hard to grip anything as it is. But in a workout with a lot of pull-ups, or on an especially hot Texas day, it becomes harder to avoid ripping my hands. It really helps to have grips for these occasions. Ones that do their job and don’t make it too hard to grip the bar.
I completed "Murph" about four days ago and ripped my hands, as I'm sure a lot of you did. With that amount of pull-ups, it's hard not to. It's a lot of volume. I hadn't ripped in quite a while, though. I take pretty good care of my hands and only ripped because I was stupid and didn't wear my grips. Thus, as I'm now thinking about how I could have easily prevented this, I wanted to share some tips with all of you.