Inventor of Spidertech Tape Used by London Olympians Creates Low Back Pain Program for the Masses

Posted on August 6, 2012 by

Categories: Equipment/Gear, Training


During the Olympics you may have noticed many athletes using funky kinesiology tape on their bodies. Athletes from Simon Whitfield, the Canadian Flag bearer to triathlete Paula Findlay and cyclist Dotie Bausch credit this innovative tape with allowing them to compete at a world class level, despite aches and pains. Now the doctor who made kinesiology taping accessible to thousands of people, including Olympians, has taken time out of his busy schedule to share insight on the revolutionary product.

Dr. Jardine is a renowned Chiropractor, health and fitness expert, and innovator in the field of physical and rehabilitative medicine. He owns a multidisciplinary sports therapy and conditioning facility called The Urban Athlete and personally treats and advises numerous professional and Olympic athletes and teams. He has worked one-on-one with Tour de France winner and Professional Cyclist, George Hincapie, and three time Olympian Simon Whitfield, a Triathlete who took home the Gold Medal in 2000 and 2004, and the Silver in 2008.

We asked Dr. Jardine a few questions so lacrosse players can get a basic idea of how this can be used in the sport of lacrosse. Injuries, like in most sports, are a part of the game. Injuries such as chronic muscle and joint pain can be detrimental to ones performance. Read the interview below.

LPG: Thanks for speaking with us today. So what’s it like seeing everyone wear the Spidertech Tape?
Dr. Kevin Jardine: I’m grateful to have been involved with creating something that can help so many people, including the athletes at the London Olympics.

LPG: What were your initial goals in producing Spidertech Tape?
Dr. Kevin Jardine: The goal was to create a reproducible way to standardize the taping, I’ve succeeded at that and now I’ve set my sites on doing the same thing with home injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for weak and injured muscles.

USA player Jennifer Kessy (wearing Spidertech Tape) against Spain during the women's beach volleyball preliminary at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade.

LPG: How does it work?
Dr. Kevin Jardine: Kinesiology taping works through a series of complex neurological mechanisms, but the easiest way to describe it is that it stimulates touch receptors in the skin to decrease the discomfort associated with injuries.

LPG: Would you say this is a good alternative to using drugs to control the pain?
Dr. Kevin Jardine: Taping provides a great drug free way to help control pain.

LPG: What else should we expect to see from you in the future? What are you looking towards accomplishing with Spidertech?
Dr. Kevin Jardine: My whole personal mission is to help people be more active and I have done that through creating the SpiderTech applications and now through the Feeling Pretty Remarkable programs.

We hope you have learned a lot from the interview. You can learn more about purchase information by clicking Spidertech Tape.

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  • Joshfunk

    Very impressed that this made its way on to Lacrosse Playground. Jardine is one of the best!

  • Adam

    OMG! He did not INVENT IT!!! It is implied from that interview that he did. Thousands of physical therapists, chiropractors, and other health proffesionals use that tape. The real inventor is Dr. Kenzo Kase in japan . How can someone be so arrogant???

  • Deanne

    He didn’t say that he invented kinesiology tape which was invented by Nitto Denko in Japan. (If you take training with Spidertech, they mention his name and give him credit for inventing Kinesiology tape). Dr. Kenzo Kase formulated ways of taping specific areas of the body (I have studied his work). Spidertech is made from one continuous piece of Kinesiology tape with no interruption in it unlike using rolls of kin tape. I have used both ways and Spidertech is superior.

  • Deanne

    He didn’t say that he invented kinesiology tape which was invented by Nitto Denko in Japan. (If you take training with Spidertech, they mention his name and give him credit for inventing Kinesiology tape). Dr. Kenzo Kase formulated ways of taping specific areas of the body (I have studied his work). Spidertech is made from one continuous piece of Kinesiology tape with no interruption in it unlike using rolls of kin tape. I have used both ways and Spidertech is superior.

  • Deanne

    He didn’t say that he invented kinesiology tape which was invented by Nitto Denko in Japan. (If you take training with Spidertech, they mention his name and give him credit for inventing Kinesiology tape). Dr. Kenzo Kase formulated ways of taping specific areas of the body (I have studied his work). Spidertech is made from one continuous piece of Kinesiology tape with no interruption in it unlike using rolls of kin tape. I have used both ways and Spidertech is superior.