Paul Stewart Interview

Paul Stewart Interview

ROCKTAPE were incredibly proud last summer to support Paul Stewart, an ex-England Hockey Under-18 player who sustained an L1 spinal cord injury in December 2008 when an avalanche swept him 200ft off a cliff while skiing. He was instantly paralysed from the waist down and was told, aged just 27, that he would not walk again.  Still paralysed below the knee, Paul trained for 6 months to complete a truly awesome challenge that none of us here could even imagine undertaking. Despite the initial prognosis being nothing short of desperate regarding his chances of walking, Paul did regain enough limited muscle use to walk with the aid of leg braces and sticks and by using entirely different muscle groups to those normally employed in walking. Over 15 days, Paul would attempt his IronSpine Challenge, which would see him swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles, walk 26.2 miles and then climb the cliff over which he was swept in 2008.  During a show of phenomenal determination and resilience, Paul completed the challenge and, in doing so, raise £400,000 for Spinal Research. Here, Paul talks us through the nuts and bolts of his epic journey. How quickly did you progress to walking again after the accident? It took 4 months of intensive physiotherapy and rehab before I managed my first steps.  It was a further 5 months before I was able to do anything that could be considered as walking and 1.5 years before I could walk as far as 500m in one go.  To this day my walking is slow, inefficient and cumbersome. Were you back to being active or...
Rocktape recently caught up with GB age-group and World Championship Silver Medal winning duathlete, Anthony Meager.

Rocktape recently caught up with GB age-group and World Championship Silver Medal winning duathlete, Anthony Meager.

Please describe a typical week’s training? Depending on the time of year, an average training week would consist of 25+ hours, split between swim, bike, run and gym work.  Structure is something that works really well for me, so I ensure each month, week or day is planned in great detail.  However, no training week is ever the same as the previous week.  This is something that keeps motivation high, therefore maintaining training interesting.  As the season approaches, training changes slightly, with race fitness becoming the main focus.  I love what I do and it wouldn’t be possible without the support from Rocktape and Odlo, two of the best sponsors that I cannot thank enough! What is your favourite training activity? I love all three aspects of my sport, but of course I do have a favourite.  The bike is my favoured discipline and I look forward to the long rides on my training programme every week.  The weather sometimes has a part to play and occasionally the turbo trainer acts as a replacement, but there is nothing better than riding up and down mountains on a training camp in the sun. What is you least favourite training activity? Training in England over the winter can be difficult at times, but with good mental strength nothing stops us.  Come about April time it is just about warm enough to start some open water swim training.  When the water is freezing and I am shivering, I realise this is definitely my least favourite training activity, especially when I get out and cannot feel my feet for hours.  If it was...
Rocktape Article for Crossfit Throwdown at CrossfitKernow

Rocktape Article for Crossfit Throwdown at CrossfitKernow

Recently around half our class from university took part in a Rocktaping course at St Mark’s & St John’s University. After this we were all qualified Rock Docs and keen to use our skills in sporting events. Throughout our journey to qualifying as Sports Therapists we have come across Rocktape as a brand and enjoy working with the product. On Sunday 26th January a member of the college staff who owns Crossfit Kernow in Looe offered us the opportunity to attend a crossfit throwdown between some Cornish and Devonshire clubs. This included Crossfit Plymouth, Crossfit Exe and Crossfit Kernow. At the event we represented the company and college offering Rocktape application and massage throughout the day! During the day same sex pairs battled it out against each other trying to get to the final in the afternoon. The first 2 rounds took place in the morning with 5 teams competing at a time. The intense final consisted of 5 male and 5 female teams pushing themselves to the ultimate limits! The event was a great day and we all enjoyed both spectating and volunteering in aiding the athletes in performance and recovery. The high standard of fitness and competition was an amazing thing to watch! This was helped with encouragement from all spectators and also other athlete’s reassuring each other during the throwdown. We would like to thank both Crossfit Kernow for allowing us to attend and also Rocktape for supporting us with equipment and supplies. Grace Maguire, Jodie Lewis and Harriet...

RockTape Continues Support for Elite Athletes; Announces Partnership with US Speedskating in Russia, and Beyond

RockTape, the world’s strongest brand of kinesiology tape, announced today sponsorship of the US Speedskating team ahead of the team’s participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. RockTape is used by US Speedskating trainers and their athletes throughout the world to treat common muscle injuries like shin splints, knee and quad, back and neck strain. RockTape is also used for performance to strengthen and support weak muscles prone to injury. RockTape restores the muscle by promoting blood flow to the injured area. It is thin, light, supportive and comfortable to wear for up to 5 days, and is perfect for treating Achilles tendons, plantar fasciitis, lower back problems, shoulders, calves and more. “Cross training with other endurance sports as well as maintaining healthy nutrition helps athletes prepare their bodies for the rigor of Speedskating,” said Evan Miller, Director of Sales and Marketing at US Speedskating. “However, muscle strain can still occur. RockTape helps muscles perform better and recover faster.” “Training and racing in Speedskating at this level is rigorous, and can put a great deal of strain on the body,” says Jessica Kendall, US Speedskating Athletic Trainer. “Athletic trainers, professional athletes and amateurs know how great RockTape is, and our athletes know the value of the product. RockTape is an asset, and great support for our recovery and training.” Prevalent throughout the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, RockTape gained awareness worldwide through its use by athletes competing in Cycling, Track and Field, Diving, and other contests. “RockTape’s ability to effectively refresh and restore injured muscles can help athletes perform and compete with confidence and without pain,” said...

ROCKTAPE sponsor Skyrunning UK

Skyrunning UK is pleased to announce that ROCKTAPE will be the first sponsor to support the Skyrunner® Series UK. Just like all our participants in the Skyrunner® Series UK, the ROCKTAPE team are avid athletes.  ROCKTAPE already supports various UK based events and athletes in a variety of sports; notably Ultra runner and Lakeland 100 winner Terry Conway and Salomon International athlete, Anna Frost. No matter how carefully we prepare and train, injuries happen and unfortunately they can happen on a frequent basis, especially when pushing at the limits.  ROCKTAPE is not just for the injured athlete, it can also be used to help delay fatigue and improve posture/running form. Today, ‘Kinesiology Tape’ is widely used throughout the world to treat injuries and pain. ROCKTAPE is the only tape specifically engineered to meet the demands of elite athletes. Why is it unique? Stick and Stretch.  Its unique glue means that unlike many other tapes ROCKTAPE stays on the skin come hell or high water. ROCKTAPE stretches twice as much as most kinesiology tape and is engineered to mimic human skin. The ‘stretch’ is the secret behind ROCKTAPE! How does it work? When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes positive changes in the body’s fluid, mechanical and neurological systems. Commonly people wearing Rocktape report less pain, swelling and tightness, greater awareness of the area and later onset of fatigue. Paul Coker, Medical Director, Rocktape UK explains, “We are really pleased to be able to support the Skyrunner® UK series in its inaugural year, we hope it’s the beginning of a long term-relationship. ROCKTAPE offers lots...
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