One of the products that people are a little hesitant of is Kinesiology tape, we thought we would ask our exhibitor Rock Tape to give us a little insight into what it is and some basics on using it. Paul Coker is the Medical Director of Rocktape UK, an experienced Physiotherapist and very average ultra/trail runner.  Here is his lowdown on all things kinesiology tape. WHAT IS KINESIOLOGY TAPE? Kinesiology tape is an elastic tape made of tightly woven elasticated cotton (97%) and nylon (3%) fibres.  The glue on the tape is acrylic, highly durable and waterproof so tape can be worn for up to a week withstanding vigorous movement, sweat and total emersion in water.  When applied in a vaguely correct manner research has shown that tape can lead to various positive changes including less pain, improved movement, and better muscular endurance and recovery.  Rocktape is premium brand of tape specifically designed to meet the demands of athletes.  WHAT ITS NOT The tape does not contain any medication or drugs. Different colours are cosmetic only, all colours of tape have the same elasticity and therefore benefits. Tape is not a replacement for sensible injury management and thorough rehab.  If you are in doubt about what causes your pain or you have a pain that’s not getting better go see an experienced, qualified therapist/professional. WHAT ARE RUNNING RELATED NIGGLES Most common running injuries are broadly overuse injuries.  They come on gradually over time as a result of the cumulative load and repetitive impact.  If a certain bit of tissue like the Achilles tendon or kneecap is asked to absorb...
RockTape and 1,000,000m

RockTape and 1,000,000m

Never give up!!! A mantra passed on from one friend to another. Something that has shaped the last few years of my life and three words that I’ll never forget. How have those words changed my life and me as a person? 12 months and 54 days ago (10th August) the world lost a selfless character, who’s attitude was always ‘Never give up!’ My friend Chris sadly passed after an 8 year battle with Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer). His journey wasn’t one about feeling sorry for himself, more living his life to the fullest potential. I think deep down he probably always knew he’d never outlive cancer but never took a backward step. After having to have his leg amputated at 15, he felt fortunate having the opportunity to play wheelchair basketball for GB. Never feeling sorry for himself he tried new treatments not necessarily to save his own life but to undergo new treatment that may save someone else’s. He wanted to do that to give others hope that there is a cure! That positivity is something I feel that I needed to continue! So after Coast 2 Coast two years ago and Ironman last year it was time for some thing that was equally big to honor a one in a million! 1,000,000 metres! That’s 10k a day for 100 days! Whilst running 10k for 100 days after doing an Ironman to some people may sound easy, it’s a whole different ball game. No rest days. Constant pain management. No way out! Day 54 today though and I feel great. Touch wood everything has gone pretty well, I...
RockTape A WINNER AT RECENT WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES!

RockTape A WINNER AT RECENT WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES!

The recent World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain, resulted in an outstanding performance by the British team who came home with a total of 360 medals – 166 of them Gold! The Team also won the award for the outstanding team of the Games which measures medals per competitor. Alison Bloxham has been providing Physio support to the British Team for 16 years now and along with her team of Physios and Sports Therapists this year were looking after 175 athletes (including 20 Juniors). The World Transplant Games is the 3rd largest international multi-sport event after the Olympics and Paralympics but does not receive any of the Government funding associated with the big 2. As a result, all the athletes and the Management team must raise the funds to attend and the Physio support is no exception. All of the costs for the Physio team was raised through public fund-raising efforts and kit sponsorship was a key part of this. In 2015, a chance conversation between Paul Coker and Alison (who already used RockTape in her private practice in Kendal) led to Paul kindly offering to donate some UK flag Rocktape and over the past 2 years she has utilised this at both National and International events. This year the Team used more than ever as the skills of the Physio team in taping has improved and the athletes have become more and more informed about its use. Not only do the athletes love the UK flag motif but they are also more and more convinced of its efficacy and those who initially dismissed it as a bit of...
IFAF American football Women’s World Championships

IFAF American football Women’s World Championships

Three weeks ago today, we Great Britain Women’s American Football were on a recovery day from playing Canada in round 2 in the IFAF American football Women’s World Championships. With the bronze medal match versus Mexico in two days time, the key is recovery. As Lead Sports Therapist, the therapy team and I have a busy time during tours to ensure all atheletes stay at peak performance, and with 3 games in 6 days, it’s not the easiet of jobs due to the nature of the sport. The morning started with a foam rolling session, followed by three hours of treatments to ensure all players were seen. Using a variety of treatments including massage and myofascial cupping using RockRub, and lymphatic drainage taping using Rocktape (Union Jack print of course!). The afternoon consisted of active recovery during walk-throughs, with the day finishing with team stretch and pilates. Team GB were based at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC then training and playing at the McCleod stadium. With 41 players and 17 members of staff, team GB travelled in bulk for the 10day tour to fight for their world seeding. The team finished fourth in the world, now sitting first in Europe and the first team outside of North America, we couldn’t  be prouder to be British. At 25, I never imagined to be where I am today. My journey in American football started five years ago, whilst I was just about to go into my third year at university. A few of my friends played American football and they needed a sports therapist. I started my placement with the...
Rockstar smashes World Records at the World Transplant Games

Rockstar smashes World Records at the World Transplant Games

My story: I’m Stephen Jarvis and I live in St Austell Cornwall. I had my kidney transplant in 2004 and since took up athletics. In 2016 I took part in the British transplant Games, Liverpool, where I qualified for the World transplant games, competing in 100m, 200m, 400m, high jump and both relays. It’s been a really hard year having to train extra to get my fitness up and above normal, more to do with having a back issue. My cartilage had worn away between my L1 and S1 vertebrae putting pressure on my nerves running down both legs, causing pain and discomfort (part and parcel of having immunosuppressive drugs).  In March 2017 I had 2 facet joint injections in my back, one worked, the other made it worst down my left leg. Every session had become painful. Determined to make it I pushed on. In June 2017 I had to compete, the pressure was on. The GB team physio had nothing to help and had run out of ideas. She then came up with a thought to try RockTape over night before the race. I woke up in the morning pain free for first time in months. New RockTape was then applied for my races. I felt so good it was like having a new leg. Smashing 4 world records and 6 gold medals later I’m sold!  I couldn’t have ran or felt any better. It simply removed the nerve pain I had for last 4 months competing and enabled me to run my perfect race. And to top this I was the 4th fastest British athlete this year for my...
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