Meet RockTape Triple Jumper Ricardo Twumas

Meet RockTape Triple Jumper Ricardo Twumas

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi I’m Ricardo, I’m a psychology lecturer at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, which is in Scotland, UK. I was a former international triple jumper, till a severe knee injury last year. How did your track & field career begin? When/how did you get into jumping? Originally I was a basketball player, I used to do extra sessions with our speed, agility, quickness coach, Dr. Nikolai Böhlke, who also worked in Talent ID. Dr Böhlke noticed I had an aptitude for jumping events and coached me in high, long and triple jump. With some guidance from Nick Dakin I was lucky enough to work with some of the best jumps coaches in the world including Dr. Filipe Conceição, Terry Lomax, Emily Parker and finally Tom Crick. I practiced everyday (and sometimes twice a day) with all my coaches, and value their effort in getting me from never having tried a jump event, to an international standard. What do most people not realize about training for competitive jumping? People probably don’t realize that we rarely jump in training. I took part in a study led by Dr. Sam Allen, where he modeled my triple jump technique and calculated that in the landing of the hop phase I had to deal with forces of up to 22 times my bodyweight. That kind of impact means full approach triple jump is sparingly practiced in training. Though we often practice short approach triple jump, sprinting and plyometrics. What are your greatest achievements? I’ve won the British University Championships several times, thanks to excellent support from Loughborough University....
The 2017 Caravan and Motorhome Club English National Surfing Championships supported by Korev

The 2017 Caravan and Motorhome Club English National Surfing Championships supported by Korev

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/@MSD_Prosportmassage April 29th, 30th and May 1st Perranporth Beach, Cornwall   The English National Surfing Championships have always been a highlight of the national surfing calendar, and this year was to be no different. Having been recently appointed as the head of Health and Fitness for Surfing England, this was a great opportunity for me to work with Surfing England and spend some time with the management and the surfers. Now it would not be an English bank holiday weekend if we did not have the typical English weather, from one extreme to another. That is exactly what we experienced. We arrived late on the Thursday night and checked into our caravan at the Perran Sands Resort. We headed to the to contest site first thing Friday morning. greeted with beautiful sunshine it was the ideal weather to set up our brand new easy up tent and treatment area. The waves were not great at this time, but the afternoon saw enough size for the contest to get udnerway. The slow start to the contest allowed me to treat several surfers before their heats. It is a common miss conception that surfing is soft on the body, on the contrary it is very physically demanding and we come across all kinds of injuries and muscular skeletal issues. The level of surfing at this event was very high, so it is easy to see how intense the demand on the body is. With the high performance aggressive manoeuvres being performed by the elite surfers, a lot of stress and impact is going through the hips and lower limbs. This...
Common Running Injuries and How to Tape for Them

Common Running Injuries and How to Tape for Them

Trail running has a ton of benefits for practitioners of the sport, as well as some unique challenges and injuries. Probably the main problem trail runners face is an acute ankle sprain, and taping may help prevent sprains and can certainly be helpful in the aftermath. Of course, trail runners are just as prone to the chronic knee and hip problems other runners face, too. Uneven terrain makes falls more prevalent and gives trail runners a higher need to protect their lower legs, especially, and doing so also helps with those tight single-track sections that may put you in proximity to thorny plants or all our “poisonous” friends like ivy, elm and oak. Protecting your shins and lower legs from these sorts of plants as well as protecting them from falls or scrabbles over fallen trees, rocks and other obstacles is the domain of RockTape’s excellent RockGuards shin protectors. Originally designed to help CrossFit athletes protect their shins during deadlifts, box jumps and rope climbs, RockGuards were quickly adopted by obstacle course racers and trail runners alike. RockGuards offer a lightly padded, highly protective front side that will take pretty hard impacts from obstacles or falls while running. The back is a breathable mesh that doesn’t hold water, so you’ll stay cooler than you would with a full running pant/tight. RockGuards also have zippers so, depending on your footwear, you may be able to get them on and off over shoes. If not, wearing them for a full run is a heck of a lot better than scratched, bashed shins or running into poison ivy and getting the post-run...
Around The Munros

Around The Munros

This summer Libby Kerr and Lisa Trollope are attempting a continuous round of the Munros (all the mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet). We’ll be summiting all 282 mountains, cycling between them and throwing in a little bit of kayaking. This will involve 1,000 miles of running, 1,000 miles of cycling and 149,000m ascent -17 x the height of Everest (eek!)! This feat has only been completed by three other women in the past with a fastest known time of 113 days. We plan to complete the challenge within 80 days, blogging and filming our adventure to inspire other women to get out into the mountains and to get active. Our first Munro will be Ben More on the Isle of Mull at the start of July and we’ll work our way around Scotland to end on Ben Hope in the north in mid September.  This challenge is going to be tough on our bodies, and this is where RockTape comes in! Libby has experienced issues during training with her left knee during training. Her VMO muscle appears to be having a break and letting the rest of the quad muscle do all the work. She’s been trying to kick the VMO into action both with exercises and with RockTape H20 applied to the muscle to encourage it to activate. Much of the running will be across pathless hillside. Scree covered descents, grassy tussocks, thigh-high heather/gorse and uneven ground mean that there is a high potential to land awkwardly and ankles especially can take a battering on this sort of terrain. When muscles are tired this can easily lead...

Richie Inskip – Vert Attack

When it comes to skateboarders is always been hard to show the positives of sports therapy and performance recovery.   Skaters have predominantly viewed treatment as ‘uncool’ or ‘jock’.  If you are getting taped up or seen doing pre skate stretches then it was likely that someone would start giving you some grief for it. I am one of the few individuals that is deeply emerged in the skate world, but also educated in sports science and sports therapy.  I have worked at several international skateboard events and worked with some of the biggest names in action sports, from Tony Hawk to Mat Hoffman.  The funny things, the more elite the athlete the better the understanding of the benefits sports and physical therapy can have.  I also find the older the athlete the better the understanding, and increased need for treatment.  So I have set out to try and educate the ‘new school’ skater, the up and coming skaters and the professionals who are in the prime of their career and really wanting to push their ability into new levels. Over the last few years I have worked with these guys and this year is the first time that I have been non stop at an event.  Vert  Attack is the worlds largest vertical skateboard contest outside of the X-Games.  Vert skating is where the guys are skating on 10ft plus half pipes and performing huge Arial tricks.  The event is held in Malmo, (Sweden) and attracts the biggest international names in skateboarding.  The beauty of this event is that nobody is competing for money, they are simply competing for...
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