Two recent studies show RockTape can make you Go Stronger, Longer

Two recent studies show RockTape can make you Go Stronger, Longer

There have been two studies published in the last couple of months that add to the growing body of evidence that kinesiology tape can reduce the negative effects of fatigue with regard to muscle function. One study by Zhang et al, published in Sports Medicine Australia’s journal, looked at the effect of kinesiology tape on the forearm muscles of tennis players, whilst the other study by Ahn et al, looked at fatigue in the quadriceps. Both studies showed that tape can assist with muscle function when fatigued. In the study by Zhang, they looked at a small group of healthy tennis players, and tested their maximal strength and “work fatigue” as measured by fifty repeated contractions of the wrist flexors and extensors. The subjects were tested with kinesiology tape applied, a placebo tape applied (underwrap “fix”type tape) and with no tape. The testing order was randomly assigned. Not surprisingly, they found no increase in maximal strength with kinesiology tape applied, as it is widely accepted now that there will be no immediate strength gains from taping healthy subjects. However, they found that for the wrist flexors, having kinesiology tape applied resulted in a significant reduction in “work fatigue”, as measured by the drop off in strength over the 50 contractions, when compared with placebo tape and no tape. The authors concluded that kinesiology taping may have “a significant positive effect on muscle fatigue resistance during repeated concentric muscle actions”. The Ahn et al study looked at the effect of applying kinesiology tape after a fatigue inducing protocol for the quadriceps. They had 45 healthy female subjects, aged between 25...
Josh Plail at WildWest Crossfit

Josh Plail at WildWest Crossfit

I had the pleasure of representing RockTape at the wildwest crossfit competition which took place in Malvern in late July 2015. Firstly, it needs to be acknowledged that wild west was a fantastic event, from start to finish, the highly organised teams and management led to a very smooth weekend with a fantastic vibe. It was additionally great to see such a variety of athlete who were competing, from a few familiar faces from the Meridian Regionals in Copenhagen, to the first time competitor, it catered for all. As part of the RockTape team, accompanied by Jade Parsons and Amy Bennett, we were primarily responsible for taping and strapping the athletes. With the nature of many crossfit competitions being constantly varied, the taping techniques varied immensely between each individual athlete. Some techniques included grip taping to survive the brutal 75 seconds max effort rope climbs, to lower back /lumbar support to help battle with the never ending clean ladder. As many of you know, pull ups can take a toll on our shoulders, so again, various taping techniques were used to accommodate the athletes and enhance their individual performances. Furthermore it was great to see a few athletes smashing pb’s on their over head squat with shoulder RockTape applications. . One of the great things about RockTape is that it can help with so many elements of an athlete’s performance. It can simply provide feedback, correct movement patterns or facilitate muscle contraction, which all contributes to enhancing the best performance possible! 🙂 RockTape with their highly qualified rockdocs are always more than willing to help all athletes at the...
Becca Hayden RockTape Review

Becca Hayden RockTape Review

Hey!! first of all Id like to say RockTape Rocks!! It has seriously helped me a lot through my running career. I am an endurance athlete for Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club, but also run 2nd claim for Hertford and Ware Athletics club. I only took up running a few years ago when entering a local 10k (which I won) and it was then recommended to me that I start training with a club and I took part in a few various track events half way through the season and did very well. Track 3000m Hertfordshire County Champion Track 5000m Hertfordshire County Champion I also continue to compete at 10k off road distance and achieved my ultimate goal of a sub 40 10k last year in October, with a time of 38:58. Injuries, as any runner or any sports person will know, come with the sport and I have unfortunately been off running now for about 20 weeks with a suspected stress fracture in my ankle (awaiting results). RockTape had helped me a lot over the past few years as I suffered a lot with shin splints, however, recently it has been more helpful than ever as a support whilst training. (I have taken up swimming whilst recovering from my injury to keep up my fitness) and the H20 RockTape kinesiology tape has really helped with the support I need. I had to pull out of this years London Marathon due to my injury, but am focusing on getting fit and injury free for 2016! I cant recommend it enough and thank RockTape for all the support! Becca...
Spiral Squat Chain Taping

Spiral Squat Chain Taping

It’s always nice to find some research that backs up what we find useful in clinic. Anyone who has taken a FMT course will be familiar with the Spiral squat chain taping that we teach. This study by Song et al examines the effect of a very similar taping (basically it’s the top half of the application hip-knee) on female patients with patello-femoral pain (and a control group without pain) during a single leg squat movement. The study compared 2 taping techniques, one group with no stretch on tape and the leg in neutral posture. The second group had taping with ‘moderate stretch’ on tape with the leg in an externally rotated position. The first group is a little like our symptom reduction taping and the second group is pretty much exactly how we would tape as a dynamic postural taping. They found that in the PFP group both taping applications where effective in reducing pain on squats, but only the second taping application was effective in altering the pattern of movement and muscle contraction seen during the squat. The take home message here is if all you want to achieve is pain reduction, apply tape with little to no stretch. More stretch won’t create more relief. On the other hand if you want to use tape to alter posture and movement patterns it might be a good idea to consider apply tape in the corrected position and using a little more tape stretch, however if you do this you are inevitably upping the risk of skin reaction so avoid tape stretch over delicate areas and go gentle on...
What’s it’s like being involved in elite sport?

What’s it’s like being involved in elite sport?

What’s it’s like being involved in elite sport? Everyday. You have to find what pushes and keeps you going when are out in the pouring rain doing a fartlek session, and wondering why on earth you are there! You have to find something to drive you to carry on. For me it’s racing and the desire to win. The thought of pushing my body to do something it’s never done before, run faster than i have, and be on the podium representing my country gets my heart racing just thinking about it. It’s also the fact that I love what I do, I love training and being around like-minded, positive people, and seeing myself improve everyday. The thought of one day being paid to do what I love as a job is the dream. It’s hard to put it into words how lucky I am to be involved in athletics, it’s a great sport for everyone- there is an event for anyone and any age! Of course it’s hard, and being a popular sport, the climb to the top is massive, and the journey for me has only just begun. It’s not just physical, it’s very mentally tough and you have to be able to cope with that. I’m very lucky to be in a place where there are great coaches and facilities, but that’s the thing with athletics- to get to the top you need a lot of help because as much as it is an individual sport; parents,physio’s,coaches,fellow athletes and many more all pay a huge part. Being at school still can be a struggle to balance...

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