An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

“This is my son Charlie, he has a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) and has been in hospital for much of his life. One of the things that has always upset me as his mum was ugly medical tape all over his face. Not only does it look bad, but it smells and he’s now allergic to most of it as it has broken down his skin. And then we discovered RockTape – and we use it for everything. Charlie wears RockTape on a daily basis and it doesn’t cause him any irritation. RockTape has provided us a huge amount of relief, Charlie’s face has healed, and the tape colours always make his medical situation much happier. Charlie’s condition involves major comp   lications with his lung arteries; he will likely never be able to use RockTape for its actual purpose – even though he now has good life expectancy, he’s probably never going to be an athlete. Regardless we remain your biggest fans.” Mel – Charlie’s...
RockDoc, STA member and co-owner of RMA Exercise Rehabilitation Jake Brougham has provided a report on his attendance at our latest RockBlades IASTM course.

RockDoc, STA member and co-owner of RMA Exercise Rehabilitation Jake Brougham has provided a report on his attendance at our latest RockBlades IASTM course.

RMA is a sports therapy provider to global events. Services we provide to competitors include RockTaping, Sports Massage, Exercise Rehab and now IASTM. The aim of RMA has always been to maximise performance and reduce injury so when my business partner and I heard about the RockTape IASTM course we knew that we needed to take a look and book. As members of the Sports Therapy Association, team RMA were alerted to the IASTM Seminar by an established relationship between the STA & Rocktape. We were intrigued about the IASTM concept and were keen to learn more! So what made the Rocktape IASTM course different to other Seminar/ Course providers? COST At £300 the price may seem dear however the tools are included in this price, and also being a member of the STA you are eligible for 20% discount on all RockTape courses! EQUIPMENT The IASTM tools are immaculately presented in a very smart box. You receive a high quality stainless steel tool made for clinical use, along with a lightweight tool designed to be portable; perfect for work at events or at the training ground! Compared to other tools on the market these really are strong contenders based on the quality of the design. They are ergonomic and allow us therapist to treat in many awkward anatomical areas. COURSE INSTRUCTION The course was delivered by some outstanding clinicians in Paul (Physio) & Rob (Chiro). Both clearly demonstrating seasoned experienced in their fields and this gave immediate credibility to the audience. WHAT DID WE LEARN In reflection, we came up with a few things that we think helped...
RockTape® Sponsors the 2016 Reebok CrossFit® Games

RockTape® Sponsors the 2016 Reebok CrossFit® Games

CrossFitters around the world have been competing all year long, vying for a chance to make it to the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games taking place July 19-24, 2016, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. RockTape, a leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to announce its seventh year of support of the annual CrossFit Games, which will be commemorating its 10th year of competition in July. This year, 323,000 athletes from 175 countries signed up to participate in the CrossFit Games Open––a five week competition and the qualifying round for the CrossFit Games Regionals, where the top men, women and teams from seventeen regions competed at seven regional events in the U.S., Europe and Australia for a chance at the finals. Now 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 40 teenagers, and 200 Masters athletes will battle it out for the podium at the Games.   RockTape will be supporting Airrosti, the official athlete care provider of the CrossFit Games, to help keep the Games athletes going throughout the multi-day, multi-event competition. “We’re happy to have RockTape’s support for the 2016 season,” said Justin Bergh, General Manager of the CrossFit Games. “RockTape’s focus on sports performance aligns with our search to find the fittest on earth and we’re glad to have their support again this year.” The Games is not only a display of strength but also of endurance and other physical skills such as flexibility, agility, power, speed and coordination. “Athletes are subjected to unknown workouts and challenges during the week while competing against the fittest people on earth,” says RockTape CEO Greg van den Dries....
Good Vibrations: The Importance of Myofascial Release

Good Vibrations: The Importance of Myofascial Release

Unless you have been living under a rock I’m sure you will have heard of the term myofascial release. But how much do you really know about what you are doing when you use a foam roller at the end of your workout? Before we unpick the bones of myofascial release (MFR), first let’s remind ourselves what all the fuss is about fascia. Historically, fascia was an overlooked structure, previously seen as the thing that was in the way of getting a good view of the muscles in the body. But now we have a greater understanding and respect for the clear, cling-film like coating of the entire muscular system. Characteristics of Fascia      Has a tensile strength similar to steel Responds instantaneously to external and internal stimuli In conjunction with muscles, it provides multi-directional tensioning throughout the body AKA “The Sling-Systems” Plays a key role in functional core stability Provides fluidity to motion Stores cellular memory Elicits pain Transfers kinetic energy, load and force through the entire musculo-skeletal system Now for the science… E=mc2 John F.Barnes (international expert on MFR), bases his principles of MFR on Einstein’s famous formula E=mc2. Interestingly, he relates the meaning of the formula to understanding the dysfunctions associated with the myofascial system the principles behind treating them. The formula illustrates that solidity is only an illusion and that everything is energy; different frequencies of vibrational energy, to some degree or another. Barnes advocates that trauma (and I would add to that; inefficient posture and motion) can significantly change the force vectors passing through the body. This can disrupt the ability of energy to flow...
USA Diving Decked Out in RockTape for Rio

USA Diving Decked Out in RockTape for Rio

“No one needs to spend time telling me to start using RockTape over other kinesiology tape. I have been a believer and steadfast user for over 5 years. I estimate that I have used, both in my clinic and on the road with USA Diving, over 600 rolls of RockTape. And each and every one of these rolls have allowed my clients and athletes to move easier, recover faster and stay in the game longer. As I travel the world as the Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist with United States Diving I come into contact with many International Medical Staff as they take care of their own athletes. Many of these Physios, Chiropractors or Physicians use “the other Kinesiology tape” and have for many years. I’m never pushy with my pitch, but I ask them why they use their particular tape. And I see their athletes in this tape and I see how poorly it holds up in the water. How they are having to replace it after each practice and sometimes remove it during competition as it is falling off. So I let them use some RockTape. Many times they have me put it on their athletes and then they go off and jump off the 10 meter platform, hit the water at 35 miles per hour and they come back and are “sold.” I carry numerous rolls of RockTape in my medical kit and I always hand it out to these new believers. They are so thankful for it and ask me how to order it. During athletic participation at the World Championships and even more...

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