Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It isn't a drug, but they say it is performance enhancing. Kinesiology Tape isn't just used by professional athletes, but recreational athletes are using it right here in the Southern Tier.
"I can definitely feel the difference when it is on and when it's off," said Nick Economou, a soccer player from the area. "Because when it's off I got to be a lot more safe with it. But when it's on I can do my normal routine and everything else."
Nick came to Dr. John Koniuto in Johnson City after he injured his knee, and that's what led him to start using the Kineseology Tape, or Rock Tape. Now, Economou is working his way back on the soccer field with the help of the tape. Something that's becoming more and more common.
"Athletes and recreational athletes like to use it for performance enhancement," said Dr. Koniuto, Owner of Oakdale PT & Fitness. "So basically if the body part gets tired, cramped, weak, tight, loose, or it's trying to recover from an injury it will enhance all the functions that let the body recover from that injury."
As Dr. Koniuto explains, the tape works to raise the skin and allow extra oxygen to the muscles and increase their performance. As a licensed physical therapist and certified "rock Doc"...he suggests it to patients of all ages. Another one of them being runner Mandy Neira.
"The biggest result is the recovery time. I used to run before and I would have to ice my knees, and dealt with a lot of pain and inflammation after the run," said Neira. "Since I've been using it I can go much further distance without virtually no inflammation or pain, and the recovery time is much quicker."
Neira claims she couldn't run more than three or four miles at a time before using it, now she's competing in half-marathons. While she and Nick admit some of the effects may be just related to confidence, it's the type of confidence they need when competing.
"I would say 100 percent more confident," said Neira. "I like that I'm pain free pretty much after my run, and I know if there is any pain the next day, it's really gone within 24 hours."