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...
Mobility: When is Enough Enough?

Mobility: When is Enough Enough?

Mobility is a big trend right now in fitness, and for good reason. If you can’t move, you can’t train very well, either. You could spend the rest of your life reading all the books and articles and watching all the videos online about mobility. But when is enough really enough? Is the guy in the “Enter the Pain Cave” t-shirt who spends 45 minutes before and after every workout screaming as he tortures himself with his foam roller doing it right? Is that what you should be doing, too? Let’s try to demystify some of this stuff! To quote Alex Steffen, “More is not better. Better is better,” and that is particularly true of mobility work. It’s unlikely that foam rolling and other types of compression mobility really deform tissue much. Even though we use terms like “releasing tissue,” it’s more of a metaphor than what is really happening. Likewise, when we “stretch out,” there is probably very little real stretching actually happening. One study showed that it takes over 9000 Newtons of force (about 2040 pounds!) to deform our pal, the iliotibial band, by one percent. 1%! It takes about half as much force to change the plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot by the same amount, too. (1) That’s a crazy amount of force and there’s no way that’s happening with mobility techniques. Instead, what’s probably happening is that when you mobilize, you help these tissues slide and glide over one another. There’s also definitely a neurological effect. Mobilizing, rolling and applying pressure to the body with other implements will activate certain types of...
RockBlades®: RockTape Introduces the Latest in IASTM Technology

RockBlades®: RockTape Introduces the Latest in IASTM Technology

New IASTM system coupled with revolutionary, evidence-informed IASTM methodology Coming soon, a revolutionary Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) system, RockBlades. RockBlades comprise two precision-engineered and manufactured soft-tissue instruments: a surgical-grade stainless steel “Mallet” and thermo-plastic polymide “Mullet,” accompanied by a 100% natural RockRub emollient, and sanitizing wipes to form a complete, turn-key IASTM system. Honed from surgical-grade stainless steel, the Mallet is the ultimate in-clinic tool. Hand-polished treatment surfaces, combined with a perfectly balanced and weighted core make tissue scanning and treatment a breeze. Matte-finished dimples—four on each side—combined with a patented “brass knuckle” style handle enables practitioners to hold the tool six different ways. Every side is unique, both in shape and edge radius. The “Mullet” is a lightweight tool designed to be portable, allowing practitioners to deliver superior soft-tissue manipulation wherever their patients may be. The Mullet is crafted from an incredibly durable thermo-plastic polyamide—the same material used in high-performance automotive and aerospace applications. The Mullet features four distinct edges, providing comprehensive treatment capabilities and its quirks include a functioning bottle opener. Every detail of RockBlades—each edge, angle and contour – was carefully cultivated and refined over the course of two years. “I’m proud to introduce this premium set of tools to our network of RockTape Medical Professionals,” says RockTape CEO Greg van den Dries. “Our tools are set to revolutionize the way our Med Pros deliver a continuum of care to a wide range of patients.” In addition to the two tools, every set of RockBlades includes a newly reformulated RockRub emollient and a pack of sanitizing wipes. Additional rub and wipes will be available...
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