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...
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...

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