If, like me, you have been wondering about the three strips Mario Balotelli wears on his lower back, here is your answer: The 3 strips of tape (blue in the above shot) are called Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Tape is an elastic thereupeutic tape invented by Japanese Chiropracter Dr.Kenzo Kase in 1970.
The tape is made from a latex free hypoallergenic cotton fiber with an acrylic heat activated back that stretches up to 60% of its normal length. It can be used for up to 3-5 days straight and can withstand normal cardio exercise and swimming. The tape is used for relaxing over worked muscles and is popular among elite athletes. It is also used for joint pain and helps with joint alignment. In Balotelli’s case he probably experiences tension on his lower back. The tape would have assisted Balotelli in reducing any lower back pain, muscle fatigue and would help increase his range of motion.