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...

RockTape Kick-Starts the Year with Product Sponsorship of the 2014 Garmin-Sharp Cycling Team

RockTape, the world’s strongest brand of kinesiology tape, announced today it will be the kinesiology tape sponsor of Team Garmin-Sharp, the top American cycling team dedicated to ethical sport and developing the next generation of cycling champions, for the 4th year in a row. RockTape will provide the team with kinesiology tape for the entire 2014 season. RockTape is used in endurance sports throughout the world to treat common muscle injuries throughout the body, like shin splints and knee and quad, back and neck strain. RockTape is also used for performance to strengthen and support weak muscles prone to injury. When applied to the skin, 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. “Our roster includes some of the most talented riders in the world,” said Kevin Reichlin, Team Chiropracter, Team Garmin-Sharp. “We use RockTape throughout the season – during training and races across the globe – to treat injuries and help prevent and alleviate muscle pain, soreness and fatigue so that our riders can focus on what they do best – racing.” “Training and racing in pro-cycling is rigorous, and can put a great deal of strain on the body,” said Andrew Talansky. “We use RockTape to help prevent and recover from injury while training and racing, all year long.” “Being selected to support athletes in a sport that I have competed in means a great deal to me,” said RockTape CEO, Greg van den Dries....
British Skeleton and Rocktape Sign 4-Year Deal to Pyeongchang 2018

British Skeleton and Rocktape Sign 4-Year Deal to Pyeongchang 2018

British Skeleton has joined leading sports stars such as the Garmin-Sharp pro cycling team; the World CrossFit Champion and ‘fittest woman on earth’ Sam Briggs; Saracens rugby; and the Turner Nascar racing team to partner up with Rocktape – the world’s strongest brand of kinesiology tape – ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. On the back of this season’s successes at the Skeleton World Cup, the US backed company will support GB skeleton athletes not just in Sochi 2014 but through to the following Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018, South Korea. The 4-year deal positions Rocktape as the ‘Official Kinesiology Tape Supplier’ of British Skeleton, and will see Great Britain sliders wear a specially designed Union Jack tape at the Games next month. Simon Bunyard, CEO of Rocktape UK said: “British Skeleton operates one of the toughest performance regimes in Olympic winter sport and it has been in amongst the medals since the sport first returned to the Winter Games back in 2002. We are delighted to be able to play our part in assisting the GB athletes in their push for podium finishes both in Sochi, and also in four years’ time in PyeongChang.” David Henwood, Commercial Director at British Skeleton said: “We are constantly looking for every performance advantage, and for a small sport like ours to be able to partner with the leading kinesiology tape supplier in world sport is a tremendous recognition of what our athletes and the British Skeleton programme has achieved this far.” Worn by athletes all over the world, Rocktape will help the British Skeleton athletes keep up with...

J Meager Interview

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...
GB Badminton star, Fontaine Chapman, talks us through an average week at the sharp end of sport

GB Badminton star, Fontaine Chapman, talks us through an average week at the sharp end of sport

Please describe a typical week’s training? Monday 8am-10am: On-court or physical session.  If I have competed over a weekend then I will rest Monday morning. 12pm-1.30pm: Strength & conditioning session with my s&c coach Brendan Chaplin, followed by soft tissue massage. 5pm-7pm: On-court session with my coach James Vincent (we call him Vinny) and other performance players at Leeds Metropolitan University for attacking training and match practice. Tuesday 7am-9am: On-court session, which may include some physical exercises such as burpees, plyometric drills or sprints to tire myself out before doing consistency or attacking practices. 11.15pm-12.30pm:  Strength & conditioning circuit session plus core work and sprints Spinning session 1-1.45pm if I’m not a university lectures. 5pm-7pm:  On-court session with my coach Harry Wright (an ex England international player) and other performance players at Leeds met.  Training & match practice, but mainly matches around competition times. Wednesday 7am-9am:  On-court session with lighter skills if we’re competing or if we have a university match. Light skills consist of practicing shots and working on our racket reaction speed. 9am-9.45am:  Soft tissue massage. If I am competing in an international tournament I will leave on Wednesday, so sometimes I may not train.  We often have University matches, home or away, on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm and these can take up a lot of time.  I also coach a junior badminton club in Horsforth in Leeds for 3 hours in the evening. Thursday 7am-9am:  On-court session with Vinny and the performance group – a tough physical session or match practice if we are competing on the weekend. 9am-9.30am:  Physical cardio vascular session either on the...
Rocktape catches up with GB middle/long distance runner, Jonny Mellor

Rocktape catches up with GB middle/long distance runner, Jonny Mellor

Please describe a typical week’s training? A typical week’s training usually involves 2 or 3 sessions per day, dependant on the time of the year and how close it is to any competitions.  Between sessions I am currently studying for my Personal Training qualifications. Sunday is long run day, which is normally between 13 and 20 miles.  I follow this with a swim session in the evening. Mondays are normally a double run day, with steady mileage, and then a gym session of basic strength and conditioning work to target some of my weaknesses and other key areas for runners such as the glutes and hips. Tuesdays are session days, which can target tempo, hills or track work depending on the time of year.  I supplement my hard session with an easy morning run, or an evening recovery run if I train in the morning. Wednesdays are again steady running days with gym and swim sessions. Thursdays vary through the year, but during the current base-building phase they consist of a medium to long run. Fridays used to be an easy day, but I’m adding some quality running to give me an extra day of recovery following Tuesday and an extra day before the Sunday long run.  Again, I will supplement the workout with an easy recovery or morning run. Saturdays have now become my recovery day and I find it important to listen to my body on this day to ensure I recover properly from the week’s training as it is a vital part of my programme.  I normally run anywhere between 5 and 10 miles. I won’t...
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