Kinesio Taping® Day 1-4 Course Descriptions and Schedule

Course descriptions per Kinesio University:

Kinesio Taping® Assessments, Fundamental Concepts and Techniques
Day 1&2 Course Descriptions, Agenda, and Objectives

In order to attend a Kinesio Taping® seminar, each attendee must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Must have completed 80 course hours of anatomy and physiology
2. Must have a working knowledge of the musculoskeletal system
3. Must be able to do assessments by evaluating and/or diagnosing injuries and conditions
4. Must have achieved or is a student in their junior or senior year (transcripts must be provided) working towards one or more of the following credentials: ARNP, ATC, CAT(C), CCSP, CDP, CHT, CLT, CMBT, CMT, CNMT, COMT, COTA, COTA/L, CPO, CPT, CPTA, CRN, CST, CT, DC, DO, DOM, DPT, Lac, LAT, LLCC, LMBT, LMP, LMT, LOT, LOTA, LPT, LPTA, MD, MDT, MLD, MOT, MOTR/L, MPT, MT, MTC, NCMT, NCTMB, NDT, NMD, NMT, NP, NRC, OCS, ODT, OMD, OPA, OT, OTA, OTC, OTR, OTR/L, PT, PT-C, PTA, PA, RMT, RN, RPT, RPTA, SLP, Paramedics and Kinesiologists.

Course Description Day 1 and 2:

2-day course designed to introduce participants to the science, assessment and application techniques of the Kinesio Taping® Method. Lecture Tutorials of the history, science and theory of stimulus transmission through skin and resulting therapeutic benefit across efferent and afferent systems is reviewed. Corrections for Epidermis, Dermis, Fascia, Space, and Muscle in case study format are presented. Lecture and demonstration by the instructor, then participants perform the Manual Assessments and Movement Assessments. Discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically.

Day two continues with instruction and demonstration of assessment and taping procedures for the Mechanical, Tendon, Ligament and Circulatory/Lymphatic Corrections in case study format. Time is allotted for questions and discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically. Participants will receive a full color Kinesio Taping® Workbook and a 60-day access code to the KTAI database.

Course Agenda – Day 1:

7:30am Sign In
8:00 Instructor Introduction & Bio
8:10 – 10:00 Intro Kinesio Taping® Concepts, Theory, History, Tape Qualities, Finger Demo, Precautions and Application Guidelines, Physiological Systems Affected, Convolutions Lab
10:00 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Tape Removal, Skin Stimulation Research, Kinesio Taping® Assessments &  Labs: Epidermis and Dermis
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Manual Direction Tests, Correction Labs: Fascia and Space
3:00 Break
3:15 – 5:20

Muscle Correction Theory and Labs, Kinesio Assessments and Labs  Longissimus Cervicis and Scalenus Anterior

5:20 – 5:30 Q&A; Overview of Student Assessments on Day 2

Course Agenda – Day 2:

7:30am Sign In
8:00 – 10:00 Overnight Responses, Assessments, and Labs: Pectoralis Major, Rhomboid Major, and Rectus Abdominis
10:00 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Kinesio Assessments and Labs: Gluteus Medius, Rectus Femoris; Q&A
12:00  pm Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Kinesio Taping® Corrective Techniques: Mechanical – shoulder, knee and ankle; Ligament
3:00 Break
3:15 – 4:20 Kinesio Taping® Corrective Techniques: Tendon, Functional and        Circulatory/Lymphatic
4:20 – 5:30 Documentation, Research, Glossary Review, Student Assessments, Q and A


Course Objectives Day 1-2:
By the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • List 3 unique qualities of Kinesio Tex Tape.
  • List 3 different physiological systems affected by Kinesio Tex Tape.
  • List 3 contraindications and 3 precautions of using Kinesio Tex Tape.
  • List the best use for each type of Kinesio Tex Tape.
  • Describe and demonstrate cutting at least 4 different Kinesio Taping application tape shapes: I Strip, Y Strip, Web Cut, X Cut, etc.
  • Describe 1 situation where it would be appropriate to use each different tape cut.
  • Demonstrate 1 of the 3 methods of safely removing Kinesio Tex Tape from skin.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of Manual Direction Tests for tissue and muscle.
  • Demonstrate the use of Kinesio Screening Assessments to identify target tissue for treatment.
  • Demonstrate the proper application of Kinesio Epidermis, Dermis and Fascia Taping technique.
  • Demonstrate the proper application of corrective techniques: Fascia, Mechanical, Space, Functional, Lymphatic, Tendon, Ligament, and Muscle Correction.
  • Describe the difference between an underactive and overactive muscle correction application.
  • Identify appropriate tension range for each corrective technique.
  • Describe the difference between a ligament correction and tendon correction.
  • List 1 condition that the Functional Correction would be used for.
  • Describe the difference between “long and short oscillation” and “side to side oscillation” used in the Fascial Correction application.

Kinesio Taping® Advanced Techniques and Clinical Reasoning
Day 3 Course Descriptions, Objectives, and Agenda
(Prerequisite: completion of Kinesio University approved Day 1&2 seminars)

Course Description Day 3:
This course offers a brief review of the basic taping and assessment concepts learned in the first 2 day course. Advanced taping techniques and assessments are presented as Lecture Tutorials to introduce step by step applications for chronic edema, scar and fascial management, nerve taping as well as acute and chronic pain management. Participants will be offered ample lab time to practice each advanced technique guided by the Assessment Flowchart for clinical decision making. Case studies are presented
for designing a clinically relevant application within a treatment program guided by the instructor. Case studies are then introduced for small groups of students to practice the variety of assessment techniques and advanced taping applications.

Course Agenda – Day 3:

7:30am Sign In
8:00 Instructor Introduction, Success Stories
8:10 – 10:00 Basic Application Guidelines and Assessments Review; Epidermis Correction; Review and Introduction of Advanced Epidermis Webs Taping; Dermis Correction Review and Introduction of Advanced Dermis Jellyfish Taping
10:00 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Fascia Correction Review and Introduction of Advanced Fascia Taping – Ram’s Head, Manual Fascial Glide, and Nerve Tapings;            Circulatory/Lymphatic Correction Review and Introduction of Advanced Basket Weave Application
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 3:20 Space Correction Review and Introduction of Advanced Scar Management Applications; Muscle Corrections Review and Advanced Clinical Case Study – Chondromalacia Patella; Mechanical Correction Review and Advanced Clinical Case Study – Whiplash
3:20 Break
3:35 – 4:05 Function Correction Review and Introduction of Advanced Functional Application – Rotational Limb Corrections
4:05 – 5:30 Clinical Case Scenarios, Q&A; Evaluations/ Assessments, Conclusion

Course Objectives Day 3:
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • List 2 specific symptoms of injury for each of the following tissues: nerve, muscle, epidermis, dermis, fascia and joint.
  • Demonstrate application of advanced Epidermis Correction Technique – Web Layering.
  • Demonstrate application of advanced Dermis Correction Technique – Jellyfish.
  • Demonstrate application of advanced Fascia Correction Techniques – Ram’s Head and Manual Fascial Glide.
  • Demonstrate application of advanced Circulatory Lymphatic Correction Technique – Basket Weave.
  • Demonstrate application of advanced Space Correction Technique – Scar Management techniques.
  • Demonstrate integration of Muscle Direction Tests, Screening Assessments, and Corrective Techniques to treat complex injuries such as Whiplash, Shoulder Impingement, and Chronic Knee Pain.
  • In a small group setting identify 3 items on a problem list and goal list from specified case studies and develop appropriate interventions using tape as a modality and defend to the class.

Course Description Day 4:
The Kinesio Taping® Day 4 Sports/Orthopedic course is focused on sports conditions. During the Kinesio Taping® Day 4 Sports/Orthopedic course, attendees will practice their skills on a variety of applications correlated with specific clinical sports conditions. This course is designed to give attendees guidelines on how to combine the concepts learned in the Day 1-3 courses with the concepts of sport medicine and give attendees the chance to learn and practice specific applications related to specific sports dysfunctions. During this course, attendees will face problem-solving and specific taping techniques correlated with the healing process of joint and soft tissues, posture correction to provide stimulations to restore good posture for athletes, and lower and upper limb injuries. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to combine the Kinesio Taping Method with specific sport conditions following guidelines learned during this course and developing the skills necessary to adapt Kinesio Taping® Techniques to specific needs of athletes. This will enable the attendees to create an individualized treatment correlated to the phase of the healing process as well as the specific sport injury, sport performed, and position that the athlete occupies on the field.

Course Agenda Day 4:

7:30am Sign In
8:00 – 8:10 Instructor Introduction/Bio, Purpose and Objectives of Course
8:10 – 8:40 Stages of Healing, Integration of Kinesio Taping into the Treatment Protocol
8:40 – 8:55 EDF Review
8:55 – 9:25 A-C Joint, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping Lab
9:25 – 9:45 Motor Control
9:45 – 10:15 Multiaxial Instability of the Glenohumeral Joint, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping Lab
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 10:45 Overuse Syndromes
10:45 – 11:15 Bicipital Tenosynovitis, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping Lab
11:15 – 12:15 ACL Injury, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping lab
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 Medial Epicondylitis, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping lab
1:45 – 2:15 TFCC, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping lab
2:15 – 2:45 Turf Toe, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping lab
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 5th Metatarsal Fracture, Acute, Sub Acute
3:30 – 4:30 Piriformis, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping lab
4:30 – 5:00 SI joint, Acute, Sub Acute, Remodeling Taping lab
5:00 – 5:30 Q&A/Clarifications

Course Objectives Day 4:
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Enhances achieving the common objectives of Sports Medicine Practitioners
  • Learn Kinesio Taping® Methods for:
    • Common athletic injuries
    • Recognizing “local” “global” issues
    • Treating overuse issues
    • Treating the cause of the symptoms
    • Improving clinical condition of the athletes correlated to athletic performance
  • Integrate the Kinesio Taping® Method into the treatment protocol of an injury from the initial onset of the injury, healing stages, rehabilitation, and return to activity
  • Review and study current trends of the Kinesio Taping® Method in relationship to current trends in Sports Medicine