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League reverses position, to allow Derrick Rose, others to wear kinesio tape

Nov 6, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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Yesterday, the league came to Derrick Rose and told him he had to stop wearing kinesio tape on his neck, something he had done since the second game of the season after tweaking his neck.

When asked first asked, the league said it was banning kinesio tape in general, but after speaking to the NBA players union the league has reversed course for now.

“After a discussion today with Jerry Stackhouse, representing the union, we have decided to allow kinesio tape on an experimental basis so that we can take a fresh look at the possible benefits it might bring to our players,” Tim Frank, NBA Senior Vice President, Basketball Communications, told ProBasketballTalk in an email.

While you see a lot of athletes wearing kinesio tape — check out a major tennis match some time — the benefits are unproven. Tests have been inconclusive and some experts are skeptical that it has any benefits, and apparently the skeptics extend all the way to the league offices. It is thought by some any benefit from the tape is a placebo effect.

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I think the league made the right call here. No, the benefits of kinesio tape are not proven, however, the league hadn’t stopped players from wearing bracelets with a magnet in them where the company that manufactures them has had to pay out tens of millions of dollars in lawsuit settlements over false claims about the impacts of the bands. Where the league draws the line on this seems pretty arbitrary, as some studies found some benefits for kinesio tape in certain situations.

Bottom line is if he wants to, Derrick Rose can tape up for the Bulls game against the Pacers Wednesday night, and other players can follow in his footsteps.

  1. antistratfordian - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Heh. Snake oil.

  2. kingwithringz - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    The Kinesio Company had a quick conversation with the League office and a couple of papers were signed.

  3. raidmagic - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I hope they ban ads in the middle of your stories….

  4. iowahbr - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Now that we’ve got the tape on the neck matter behind us can someone convice Thibs to get Rose to wait until the play-offs to try for his comeback. Hopefully he will be ready by then but better to be safe than sorry.

    1. Take away the junper
    2. Take away the drives
    3. Take away the D.
    4. Take away the assists
    And what do you still have?

    D. Rose’s current game

  5. Anoesis - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Good for the league on reversing an arbitrary decision. The tape is at worst harmless, but you can’t easily dismiss the placebo effect when numerous studies have shown that something is certainly going on there. The brain is still very much a mystery to science and has strange ways of healing the body.

  6. honeyboywilson - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    “It is thought by some any benefit from the tape is a placebo effect.”

    A placebo effect is as good as any other kind of effect.

  7. belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    “No decision has yet been made about whether the tape can be applied to Dwight Howard’s mouth.”

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