RockTape Research Review 2018

RockTape Research Review 2018

The popularity of kinesiology tape, or coloured sports tape, increased dramatically following the 2008 Olympics and has remained popular amongst athletes participating in many different sports including, running, cycling and crossfit. More recently the tape has become increasingly popular as a treatment adjunct for more sedentary patients attending musculoskeletal clinics for the treatment of common ‘aches and pains’ Tape is also proving beneficial for patients suffering from neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and parkinsons disease as some specific examples. The debate about the clinical efficacy of kinesiology tape is continuing but has somewhat simmered down since we first started teaching. Having said this there are some practitioners who cling to out-dated theories about the purported benefits of kinesiology tape, despite many of these theories having very little evidence behind them. As an example – Tape (probably) does not cause a direct increase blood flow from simply applying it to the skin. This is one of the early claims of Kinesiology Taping which has not been supported by any evidence. At Rocktape we are committed to furthering the body of scientific knowledge of the effects of kinesiology tape and demonstrating scientifically the positive benefits that we see clinically every day. We are actively supporting many studies that are currently being completed around the world, and we promote “evidence –informed” education in our courses worldwide. We liaise with a number of researchers around the UK and further afield to keep abreast of the latest research, even before its gets published. If you are involved with or aware of any research please let us know. Research evidence The literature...
RockTape and Stick Mobility Theatre at COPA

RockTape and Stick Mobility Theatre at COPA

Conference season kicks off with a big bang next month as RockTape & Stick Mobility take over their own theatre at COPA in London. The COPA series is one of Europe’s biggest events for therapists and this year it will be even bigger as it runs alongside Elite Sports Expo and Elevate. We have put together an exciting schedule of lively presentations and demonstrations which I’m personally very excited to watch or participate in. I cant really suggest any highlights because EVERY session is unique and a highlight! Just make sure you don’t miss the ones of most interest to you. Click the image to the left see a larger version of the schedule. View the schedule here and you can reserve your place here. Please come and visit us, say hello, ask some questions and try out the new Sticks. See you soon Daniel Education...
RockTape Introduces Blister Prevention & Protection

RockTape Introduces Blister Prevention & Protection

RockTape, the leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to introduce the RockTape Blister Kit. Produced with the stickiest kinesiology tape in the world, each kit contains 14 pre-cut strips, in three different sizes – designed to prevent hotspots from turning into blisters, protect blisters from further irritation, and stop chafing.* The incredible stick and stretch of RockTape kinesiology tape makes it the ideal material to protect skin from painful friction. Its unique adhesive and low-profile allows it to be worn for days under socks, shoes and shirts without shifting or peeling. “As a roll, our tape is versatile, but not necessarily easy to use outdoors,” says Simon Bunyard, Director at RockTape UK. “We’re always impressed with the novel ways our customers use our tape, and this blister pack is another natural extension of a common tape application made to become even more convenient.” The breathable, water resistant patches come in three different sizes: four 25cm strips (designed for entire backpack strap coverage), six 15cm strips (for arms), and four 7cm strips (for ankles, heels, hands and toes). RockTape Blister Kits will retail at £8.99 Find them on our online store here. *RockTape Blister Kits are not intended to treat open sores or...
RockTape Introduces Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Patches: Stronger Alternatives for Active Medical Sensor Users

RockTape Introduces Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Patches: Stronger Alternatives for Active Medical Sensor Users

RockTape, the leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to introduce a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) patch designed to move with the human body. Perfect for active individuals and children, these new patches are made from the same strong, flexible and hypoallergenic fabrics and adhesives as RockTape kinesiology tape. The new RockTape CGM patches are offered in three different styles and come with 15 pre-cut patches per pack, each specially fitted for Dexcom G4 and G5 sensors. Millions of patients (and over one million diabetics) use wearable sensors each day to improve their quality of life, and securing their devices tends to be an extra hassle. Most medical tapes are irritating, rigid and inflexible, and therefore many CGM wearers prefer RockTape patches to adhere their devices to their skin. RockTape is stretchy, less irritating and stay on longer than other CGM adhesives. The water repellent cotton and nylon fabric features 180% elasticity–mimicking the elasticity of skin–to prevent peeling with human movement. The zinc and latex-free adhesive offers a hypoallergenic alternative to competitive brands, with less likelihood of irritation. Each 4” patch is designed to secure CGMs for as long as seven days, even through daily showers and exercise. “People have been cutting their own RockTape to secure their CGM devices since we started making tape in 2009,” states Cullen Maroney, Product Manager at RockTape. “We pre-cut three other tape SKUs, so this step was long overdue and a practical move for us.” RockTape CGM Patches are available direct from RockTape...
RockTape Boardmasters 2017

RockTape Boardmasters 2017

With the winter solace behind us it must mean that summer is on its way. So I thought I would take a little time to reflect on the summer and the events of 2017. 2017 was a great year for us at MSD Sport Therapy, with the support of Rocktape we worked at some of the biggest sporting festivals in the UK, one of which was Boardmasters. Boardmasters is all about the surf and beach lifestyle. Starting back in 1981 some of the best surfers in the world travel to Fistral beach in Newquay to compete in the UK’s biggest professional surfing contest. The contest forms part of the World Qualifying Series and is made up of international professional surfers all trying to earn their place on the World Championship Tour. Of course this means that we were working with some of the best up and coming surfers in the world. Although Boardmasters is primarily a surf contest, its also one of the biggest growing music festivals in the Uk which now attracts 50,000 visitors to its Watergate side to celebrate music and the surf culture. I’d like to say that we didn’t get involved in the partying side of things, but that would be a lie. The less said about the better….. haha!! So over the 5 days we worked with over 260 athletes enlisting the help of Mike Noone and Alexander Goldberg at Kernow Chiropractic. We had set up in the Athlete area and started to work with the athletes. As you can imagine with surfers, there are a lot of tight Lats, upper traps and lower...
IS ROCKTAPE A FAD?

IS ROCKTAPE A FAD?

Two weekends ago, I was invited to a 2-day Rocktape UK course (FMT 1 & 2) and I couldn’t possibly pass on such a fantastic opportunity, despite it meaning I officially had to be absent from our live workout. I get so excited learning and growing as a Physio, which in turn helps me make educational videos for you! So, we’re winning either way 🙂 Join my live HIIT to Afrobeats workout madness here. It’s free and soooo much fun! 🙂 For starters, they are more than just tape! Ha, I love that! Rocktape is a type of kinesio tape which means it allows you to move, unlike old-fashioned rigid tapes which actually restricts movement! With kinesio tape, you really are getting the best of both worlds in that the targeted structures feel supported (and more enabled) plus you get an opportunity to keep moving. It’s waterproof too so you can swim, shower etc and there wouldn’t be a problem. Rocktape is a premium brand and has managed to establish itself as the water-resistant tape that sticks!!! I mean, that’s obviously what you want from any tape, at the very least, right? The longer it’s able to stay on you, the more benefit you get from having the tape, simples. Rocktape stretches to 180% of it’s original length but can magically ‘snap back’ or ‘recover’ and this is what sets them apart from others. On one of my patients, it’s stayed on for as long as 7days. See some of my patients with Rocktape on here. In the video below, Daniel Lawrence – an absolutely amazing Chartered Physiotherapist who doubles up as the Educational Director for...
Top 5 RockTape Applications for Cyclists

Top 5 RockTape Applications for Cyclists

Obviously, RockTape isn’t going to help you avoid a head injury, so be sure to always wear a helmet, keep your bike professionally maintained and in good working order and ride to your ability, but for those less traumatic injuries, RockTape can be your best friend! Let’s look at the top five applications for cyclists: 1. Knee pain – knee pain can be triggered by a lot of factors on your bike, including your pedals and cleat position, crank arm length and your position on the saddle. But, once knee pain starts, it can be tough to manage, so in the meantime of getting your equipment dialed in, use RockTape for recovery as well as during rides to help keep your knees happy and healthy. This standard knee application works wonders for general knee soreness around the joint line or underneath your kneecap. This single-strip application can work just as well and is so easy to do before a ride you’ll be amazed. Another source of lateral (outside) knee pain is from the iliotibial band of tissue that runs from your hip to your knee, and here’s a great taping application for the IT band area. 2. Lower back pain – especially for road riders and triathletes (but mountain bikers certainly aren’t immune!), your bike position can put a lot of strain on your lower back. There are many ways to tape the lower back, and feel free to bump this same taping application up to the midback and between your shoulder blades if that’s where your problem seems to be. Here are taping applications for lower back support...
Worcester Warriors and RockTape

Worcester Warriors and RockTape

Worcester Warriors, the Aviva Premiership rugby union side, are proud to announce ‘RockTape’ as their official Kinesiology tape supplier for the 2017-18 season. Premiership rugby puts a huge number of physical demands and stresses on the bodies of our players. From Stability to optimising biomechanics, strapping helps enhance performance. Historically, strapping has been rigid, restrictive and loosened off quickly with poor durability. The evolution of K tape, has allowed the medical team at Worcester Warriors to optimise player performance both on and off the pitch. RockTape offers robustness, durability and sustained dynamic capabilities through extreme conditions. Its ability to cope with multiple collisions, rain, mud and sweat sets it apart from the rest. The tape is used in a number of ways to offload injured tissues, support weakened structures, aid with swelling control and keep protective padding in place. Having used other brands it has also become a favourite with the players too. Some (to only name a few) of the reasons the guys here at Warriors would advocate the tape: “It’s adhesive is second to none and lasts longer than any other tape I’ve used before.” “As a player you need confidence that your strapping is going to do the job for 80 minutes, something RockTape has guaranteed me this season.” “Rock Tape allows me full movement whilst offering support over my knee ligament, support in a way I don’t think any other tape would offer.” There is a strong history between the medical staff at the club and supplier with the two having worked together for many years. Whilst there have been many competitor brands used and...
RockTape Powering a Podium Finish at the Tour de France

RockTape Powering a Podium Finish at the Tour de France

Cannondale-Drapac cycling team, sponsored and powered by RockTape, earned an impressive runner-up spot in the 2017 Tour de France. Columbian Rigoberto Uran secured 2nd place in Paris on Sunday and described it as the greatest achievement of his career. The team, consisting of four Americans and four tour debutants, showed great heart and determination to propel Rigoberto onto the podium. Despite a stage win in Chambery, it is a whole other feat to secure an overall Tour win. However, on a much smaller budget, to finish within range of cycling behemoth, Team Sky, was a remarkable achievement. Rigoberto’s performance and off-the-road uncensored humor has established him as a folk hero in his native Columbia. Speaking with his team, Uran said “finishing second to Froome at less than a minute seems pretty good to me. It’s a quality podium in Paris, so this is the greatest success of my career.” RockTape has a long history of supporting cycling teams and we love seeing our athletes smashing their goals and earning podium finishes. At RockTape, we continue to support athletes everywhere and they are forever pushing the boundaries of what they achieve. We put our athletes at the heart of product development, utilizing their feedback to make our products the best out...
Unglue Sticky and Stiff Muscles & Win Your Warmup™ with RockFloss

Unglue Sticky and Stiff Muscles & Win Your Warmup™ with RockFloss

RockTape Inc., a leader in sports medicine products and education, has announced the latest addition to its mobility line—RockFloss. RockFloss is a latex band designed for muscle and joint “flossing” before and/or after training, and for post-injury rehabilitation. RockFloss uses the science of compression and fascial shearing to help “unstick” stiff or sore muscles and mobilise joints, so everyone from the weekend warrior to the pro athlete can move better and with less pain. In addition to improving muscle and joint function, RockFloss can improve flexibility, range of motion and help reduce swelling. Unlike other floss products, RockFloss is specifically designed to be “tackier,” grabbing skin and underlying tissues, which enhances ease of use and efficacy. RockFloss is made of 100% natural latex, 1.25 millimeters thick and seven feet long, and comes in 5cm width. RockFloss is commonly used on shoulders, knees, wrists, elbows, hips or ankles. Each roll of RockFloss includes detailed instructions, covering the most common applications. “Floss has been popular with functional fitness athletes for quite some time,” says Cullen Maroney, head of product development at RockTape. “We believe in its efficacy as a treatment modality. But until now, no one has really done it right. This was a huge opportunity for us to introduce it to the mainstream, with detailed instructions – you can start improving range of motion and reducing pain right out of the box.” As a leader in functional fitness, RockTape has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to mobility products for athletes and medical professionals. Not only is RockFloss effective, convenient and reusable, it also works as an...