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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6136
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

Market Size and Trends

The Athletic Tape Market is estimated to be valued at USD 686.01 Mn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 1,230.08 Mn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% from 2024 to 2031.

Athletic Tape Market Key Factors

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The athletic tape market is expected to witness positive growth over the forecast period. The growing popularity of sports and increased participation in sports and fitness activities worldwide is expected to drive the demand for athletic tape. Furthermore, the rising awareness regarding prevention and treatment of sports injuries is also fueling the adoption of athletic tape. Various innovations in terms of strengthening muscles and prevention of injuries are expected to further aid the growth of the athletic tape market. Increased spending on sports protective gear such as athletic tapes is also boosting the market. However, the availability of alternative options for muscle and joint support may hinder the growth of the athletic tape market during the forecast period.

Increasing popularity and participation in sport

With people becoming increasingly health conscious and fitness emerging as a lifestyle, participation in sports and outdoor activities has seen tremendous growth over the past decade. For instance according data by Government of Australia, in 2022, participation in sport and physical activity for social, psychological, and mental health reasons has increased over the past 5 years. More individuals have been taking up various recreational as well as professional sports as a way to remain active and indulge their competitive spirit. Activities ranging from traditional mainstream games like football, basketball, and tennis to niche sports like volleyball, badminton, swimming, etc. have gained widespread popularity. This growing involvement in sports has been a major factor propelling the demand for athletic tape which is used commonly for preventing injuries, providing support and assisting recovery. Sports physicians and trainers also recommend the use of tape for preventing reinjury of healed injuries. With the number of gym memberships and adventure sports enthusiasts on the rise, the consumption of tape to aid performance and for preventive protection during exercises and matches has surged significantly. Major international sporting leagues and competitions further inspire people to take up the involved sports which indirectly supports higher tape sales. Frequent product innovations catering to different sporting needs have also kept customers engaged with the category.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Athletic Tape Market Concentration By Players

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Emergence of the DIY trend and easy accessibility

Earlier access to specialized sports gear including athletic tape used to be limited to professional athletes and high performance centers. However, nowadays consumers are exhibiting a strong DIY attitude and desire to self-care for minor injuries at home or during casual activities. The rising influence of social media where people widely share details of their fitness routines and lifestyle has made sports tapes popular even for everyday support and care. Brands have responded by formulating easy to use tape variants which do not require expert application. Likewise, e-commerce platforms offering tape products with just a few clicks have enabled hassle free shopping and boosted impulse purchases. Even general retail stores from pharmacies to supermarkets now shelve tapes for ankle, knee, etc. injuries. Together, the do-it-yourself movement as well as increased visibility and proximity of athletic tapes have brought the products to the mainstream attracting a varied set of recreative and casual users not just serious athletes. This expansion of target base has been a notable driver expanding the overall tape market size beyond the dedicated sports industry.

Athletic Tape Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Increased competition from substitute products

The global athletic tape market faces various challenges. Increased competition from substitute products, such as braces and sleeves, is threatening the market share of athletic tape. Moreover, stringent regulations pertaining to raw material sourcing and product quality are negatively impacting small manufacturers. Volatility in raw material prices owing to supply chain disruptions poses another challenge.

 Market Opportunities: Rising participation in sports and physical activities

Rising participation in sports and physical activities worldwide is driving the need for the prevention and treatment of muscle injuries. Additionally, increased awareness about advantages of pre-exercise and post-exercise taping is fueling the sales of athletic tapes. Growing e-commerce channels are helping manufacturers to expand their reach among consumers. Key players can further explore opportunities in developing lightweight and breathable variants to strengthen their product portfolio.

Athletic Tape Market By Product Type

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Insights, By Product Type: The Convenience and Effectiveness of Kinesiology Tape Drives its Popularity

In terms of product type, kinesiology tape contributes 61.1% share of the market owing to its convenience and effectiveness compared to traditional cloth tape. Kinesiology tape is made of an elastic polymer material that can be stretched up to 140% of its original length. When applied to the skin, it creates a pulling effect on the muscles and fascia underneath. This pulling helps reduce pain by taking pressure off the nerves. The gentle elastic tension provided by kinesiology tape also improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Due to its elastic nature, kinesiology tape moves comfortably with the skin and allows a greater range of motion compared to rigid cloth tape. As a result, athletes prefer using it for longer durations without any hindrance to their performance. Its lightweight and flexibility make kinesiology tape invisible under the jersey or uniform as well. The convenience of being able to wear it for days without having to replace it frequently drives its popularity significantly. Many athletes also choose kinesiology tape due to its effectiveness in supporting weak or injured muscles without being too restrictive. Its elastic tension provides just the right amount of support without immobilizing the joint entirely. This allows for faster recovery times. The ability to precisely place the tape for targeted muscle support has made it a preferred choice over general cloth tape methods.

 Insights, By Application: Ankle Injuries Dominate Athletic Treatment Needs

In terms of application, ankle support contributes the 37.8% share of the market due to ankles being one of the most commonly injured body parts in all types of sports. With frequent jumping, landing, cutting, and lateral movements; ankles endure a lot of stress and are prone to sprains, strains, and ligament tears. Ankle braces and taping are essential for injury prevention as well as faster recovery for athletes.  Due to the pivotal role ankles play in providing stability and generating power during various motions, even minor ankle injuries can take significant time to heal if not supported adequately. Taping or bracing helps reduce pain and swelling by providing compression to the injured area. It also restricts range of motion carefully in the initial phase to allow proper healing without disrupting the biomechanics of the ankle joint. Various ankle taping techniques involving different patterns of overlays and anchors ensure the joint and surrounding soft tissues receive uniform support in all directions. This prevents re-injury and allows athletes to return to play sooner with protected ankles. The effectiveness of ankle support through taping and bracing in reducing disabilities has made it the most common athletic tape application.

Insights, By End User: Hospitals Play a Vital Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Role

In terms of end user, hospitals and clinics contributes the 41.4% share of the market. While athletic tape is widely used by professional and amateur athletes for injury prevention and management, hospitals handle a significant volume for diagnostic and rehabilitation purposes as well. Physiotherapists and sports medicine specialists in hospitals employ various taping styles to analyze any deformities, muscular imbalances or compromised ranges of motion in patients presenting with chronic sprains, strains and orthopedic conditions. Specific taping patterns help isolate injured areas to pinpoint pain triggers during functional tests. Post-surgeries and accidents also involve lengthy taping of joints done in controlled settings at hospitals to protect healing tissues and slowly regain mobility. Controlled strength and flexibility exercises are then incorporated gradually under clinical guidance. Hospitals play a key role in customizing taping programs needed for a particular patient’s recovery timeline and precautions. Many amateur athletes also rely on hospitals for guidance from trained experts to rehabilitate injuries through taping before resuming sports activities. This ensures they avoid re-injury and make a full recovery. The diagnostic and meticulous rehabilitation aided by taping at hospitals has cemented their role as major end users.

Regional Insights

Athletic Tape Market Regional Insights

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North America has established itself as the dominant regional market for athletic tape with 43.44% share. With highly developed sports and fitness industries in the U.S. and Canada, the region accounts for the largest share of the global demand. American football is hugely popular in the U.S. and creates significant need for tape to wrap ankles, knees, and other joints prone to injury. Basketball is also widely played across North America, further driving tape requirements. Many major athletic tape manufacturers have their headquarters and production bases in North America, allowing them to effectively serve this core market. Leading brands like Johnson & Johnson, 3M and CCT Tapes have extensive distribution networks supplying all levels of sporting competitions and events. North American athletes have long relied on these established tape suppliers, trusting their products to support and protect joints during activity. Pricing in the region is competitive due to the large volumes and concentration of buyers.

Asia Pacific has emerged as the fastest growing regional market for athletic tape in recent years. Rapid economic development and rising standards of living across countries like China and India are supporting increased participation in sports. Along with established disciplines, new athletic programs and fitness cultures are taking hold. This is translating to the surging demand for athletic tape from both professional and casual athletes. Within Asia Pacific, China stands out as an especially dynamic athletic tape market. Its massive population and government initiatives to promote health and fitness have created a huge consumer base. International exposure through events like the Beijing Olympics accelerated grassroots popularity of sports in China. Both domestic and multinational tape brands have responded by ramping up manufacturing and sales/distribution networks in the country. While pricing in Asia Pacific remains lower than North America currently due to the developing nature of some markets, revenues are climbing quickly.

Market Report Scope

Athletic Tape Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 686.01 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 8.7% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 1,230.08 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Cloth Tape and Kinesiology Tape        
  • By Application: Ankle Support , Knee Support , Shoulder Support , Wrist and Hand Support , and Muscle Support    
  • By End User: Professional Athletes , Amateur Athletes , and Hospitals and Clinics  
  • By Distribution Channel: Online Retail , and Offline Retail
  • By Brand: Leading Brands and Private Brands 
Companies covered:

SpiderTech, Arrowhead Athletics, Isha Surgical, EonBon Tape, Advin Health Care, Satya Sai International, Acupressure Health Care International., Twin Tech, Scapa , Mehjal Adhesive Tapes Pvt Ltd, and Navkar Tapes

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing popularity and participation in sports
  • Emergence of the DIY trend and easy accessibility 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Increased competition from substitute products
  • Risk of latex allergy from some tapes

Key Developments

  • In 2023, KT announced a new distributor partnership along with the all-new exclusive KT Tape PRO for Sports Med Professionals
  • Kinesio Tex Gold FP Tape by Kinesio Taping: This tape is made with a new, gold-infused adhesive that is said to be more durable and provide better support. In 2023, Kinesio Taping introduced the Kinesio Tex Gold FP, which features enhanced and patented Fingerprint (FP) technology and a patented Nano Touch stimulation to the epidermis and superficial layers of the skin.
  • In April 2023, KT Tape announced its rebranding to Kinesio Tape. The rebrand features a new logo, visual identity, packaging, website, and the launch of its new brand campaign “Crush Every Moment”
  • In October 2023, Kinesiology tape brand KT entered a collaboration with Boxout, a national distributor in the field of sports medicine. Both the companies launching the new exclusive KT Tape Pro for Sports Med Professionals and building awareness for the KT Tape mobile application as a tool for sports medicine professionals and their users.

*Definition: The athletic tape market consists of various tapes used by athletes, sports professionals, and fitness enthusiasts. Athletic tapes are used to provide support, stabilization, and compression to muscles, joints, and soft tissues. Some common types of athletic tapes include kinesiology tape, zinc oxide tape, electrical tape, and pre-wrap athletic tape. These tapes help in preventing injuries, supporting weak areas, and enhancing performance during high-intensity workouts and sports activities.

Market Segmentation

  • Product Type Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Cloth Tape
    • Kinesiology Tape       
  •  Application Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Ankle Support
    • Knee Support
    • Shoulder Support
    • Wrist and Hand Support
    • Muscle Support   
  •  End User Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Professional Athletes
    • Amateur Athletes
    • Hospitals and Clinics 
  •  Distribution Channel Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Online Retail
    • Offline Retail
  •  Brand Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Leading Brands
    • Private Brands
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Mueller Sports Medicine
    • 3M Company
    • KT Tape
    • Medco Athletics
    • Nitto Denko Corporation
    • Andover Healthcare Inc.
    • Medline Industries, Inc.
    • Jaybird & Mais
    • SpiderTech
    • Arrowhead Athletics
    • Isha Surgical
    • EonBon Tape
    • Advin Health Care
    • Satya Sai International
    • Acupressure Health Care International.
    • Twin Tech
    • Scapa 
    • Mehjal Adhesive Tapes Pvt Ltd
    • Navkar Tapes

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of the athletic tape market is projected to be 8.7% from 2024 to 2031.

Increasing popularity and participation in sports and emergence of the DIY trend and easy accessibility are the major factors driving the growth of the athletic tape market.

Increased competition from substitute products and risk of latex allergy from some tapes are the major factors hampering the growth of the athletic tape market.

In terms of product type, kinesiology tape is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

Johnson & Johnson, Mueller Sports Medicine, 3M Company, KT Tape, Medco Athletics, Nitto Denko Corporation, Andover Healthcare Inc., Medline Industries, Inc., Jaybird & Mais, SpiderTech, Arrowhead Athletics, Isha Surgical, EonBon Tape, Advin Health Care, Satya Sai International, Acupressure Health Care International., Twin Tech, Scapa, Mehjal Adhesive Tapes Pvt Ltd, and Navkar Tapes are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the athletic tape market.

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