Rocktape for barefoot running styles

Rocktape for barefoot running styles

Calf Muscles Most people who go from conventional running shoes to barefoot or minimalist footwear, will at some point, feel their calves; and some will feel them rather a lot. A couple of factors cause this: • Increased heel drop: Conventional shoes normally raise your heel 15-22mm relative to the ball of the foot. This lets you get away with (and possibly even encourages) stiff ankle joints and tight calf muscles. • Impact: Moving away from heel-strike towards a fore/mid foot landing results in relatively more work from your calf (rather than shin and knee) So now your calves are required to lengthen more and work harder than they ever have.  A little tape often helps whilst the muscles get used to their new role. Calf Muscle Tapes Our aim here is produce a ‘lift’ to the interface between the two calf muscles.  All the follow tape applications should be applied with the calf area on a stretch (feet and toes pulled up). Option 1: Cut tape into a Y-shape, apply uncut base just above where the Achilles becomes a cord.  While stretching the Achilles, lay each tail of tape with paper-off stretch over the border of gastroc (main calf muscle) and soleus (deep calf muscle)  As shown in below. Option 2: For a more supportive feeling, apply two full thickness pieces of tape in the same pattern. Achilles Tendon Tape Option 1:  Take a strip and start it under the foot, on the heel pad.  Stretch the calf by pulling toes and foot up towards knee.  Stick tape straight up over Achilles tendon with 30-60% stretch.  Apply the...
Rocking Rugby

Rocking Rugby

As the official tape of Saracens RFC, Worcester Warriors, Gloucester RFC and Exeter Chiefs (and the unofficial tape of choice for many more of the Premiership’s sides), Rocktape is no stranger to topflight rugby. In our latest video, Rocktape is shown being applied to, and then seriously tested by, Worcester Warriors’ and England Saxons’ up-and-coming rugby superstar, Matt Kvesic.  Currently training with the full England squad, Worcester Warriors’ youngest ever Premiership player and ex-England U18 Captain, Matt was recently picked by the pundits of BBC Wales’ Scrum V programme as the player most likely to get the traditional young bolter’s place on this summer’s Lions tour to Australia – praise indeed for an English player.  You’ll understand why when you see the impact he’s capable of making at the end of the video (click below). The video shows Matt having Rocktape applied to improved knee stability through VMO and Patella tendon offload and to aid shoulder stability through Deltoid activation and AC Joint offload. Our thanks go to Matt and Mike Lancaster for their sterling work and we wish them the best for the rest of the season http://www.rocktape.co.uk/worcesterwarriors.html With Rocktape being so popular among Premiership players, our Medical Director (and elite physiotherapist), Paul Coker, explains some of the applications you’ll see around the grounds: Gloucester’s Tom Savage (left) and Worcester’s Marcel Garvey (right) both sport cleared our anterior (front) knee wrap taping – an application proving very popular in pro rugby.  It’s a great way to reduce pain and irritation around the knee cap.  Tom also has a taping on his right groin. Leicester and England wrecking ball,...
Rocking the Reviews

Rocking the Reviews

Rocktape has been making waves amongst elite athletes and their medical professionals for some time, but why take our word for it?  Below are some of the rave reviews we’ve had in recent weeks. Melanie Ryding, a GB age group triathlete, nutritionist and NLP practitioner, used kinesio tape when recovering from minor knee surgery.  She compared a few of the leading brands and reported her findings on her blog.  We were delighted to see Rocktape come out on top. <a href=”http://r2hmagazine.com/2013/02/15/gear-review-kinesiology-tape/comment-page-1/#comment-168″ target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to read the full article. Top sportswoman and keen runner, Gemma Bryan, shares her personal experiences with Rocktape on Run and Become’s review pages.  Gemma is a big fan of our tape and offers some excellent tips on how to get the most out of it. <a href=”http://run.runandbecome.com/running-product-reviews/accessories/review-rocktape/” target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to read the full article. Elite level Sports Massage Therapist, Jody Leach, blogged about the success he had when treating his pregnant wife with Rocktape applications.  He used Rocktape to treat lower back pain and then, later in the pregnancy, used Rocktape to create a pregnancy harness, both with excellent results. <a href=”http://jodyshomemassage.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/rocktape-use-during-pregnancy/” target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to read the full article. <a href=”http://www.rocktape.net/images/instructions_pregnancy.pdf”>Click here</a>to view our pregnancy applications poster. <em>The first British woman to cross the line at last year’s Virgin London Marathon was Team GB’s Claire Hallissey, complete with a self-applied strip of Cow Print Rocktape.</em> Rock Docs wanted! Rocktape will be attending the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 17<sup>th</sup> of March and the Virgin London Marathon Expo from Wednesday 17<sup>th</sup> to Saturday 20<sup>th</sup> April. We are looking for Rock Docs (medical professionals who have...
Free To Run

Free To Run

There is something ‘afoot’ with the running world.  A movement that has existed on the fringes of running for many years is gaining momentum and becoming significantly more main stream.  Its exponents claim it will make you faster, happier and healthier than any other form of exercise and, despite myself, I can only agree.  Two blindingly obvious facts should be considered at this point: •    Not a single reader of this was born with shoes on their feet. •    We (Homo- Sapiens) are weak and slow, virtually weapon-less and senseless when compared to the rest of the natural world.  In the race for survival our ancestors were outgunned on most fronts.  Physically we are only good at one thing; Endurance running. You, I and everyone was born to run.  Our body is littered with evidence to support this fact.  Comparing the anatomy of us with that of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, our bodies have: •    A strong Nuchal ligament at the back of the head – perfect for keeping the head still when moving quickly – and no other primate has one.  What does? Other specialist endurance runners like dogs and horses. •    Enormous Gluteus Maximus (butt) muscles – almost devoid of activity at walking speed, but a fundamental motor of running gait (grab your butt when walking and then speed up to a jog if you don’t believe me). •    Moving down the legs we find long tendons on hamstring and calf muscles that are ideal for storing and returning energy in running gait. •    Short toes, which appear to make little difference to walking, but, ...
Rocktape: A short guide to applying it yourself

Rocktape: A short guide to applying it yourself

ROCKTAPE is a brand of Kinesiolgy tape that was developed in the USA and is now available in more than 10 countries worldwide.  Barry Spencer is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Medical Development Director for Rocktape.  In this article Barry explains how to safely and effectively apply Rocktape. To get the most effective results and value for money when using Rocktape, it is important to apply your tape correctly and look after it once it’s on.  Tape that is well applied and looked after will generally last between 3-5 days, though this does vary with individual skin types and the body parts taped. Each roll of Rocktape comes with a leaflet containing instructions on how to apply tape for some common problems and, in addition to this, below are some simple rules that will help you ensure you apply your tape well.  Video demonstrations of how to apply tape can also be viewed at  www.rocktape.net/how-to-use/ If you are in any way unsure of whether your injury/problem is appropriate for taping, then you should consult a medical professional. For a list of qualified Rock Doc’s in your area, go to http://www.rocktape.co.uk/rock-docs/ and enter your postcode. Be careful when taping over a body part/person with the following: • History of tape allergy (these are usual latex based though and Rocktape has no latex) • Fragile or healing skin • Deep Venous Thrombosis • Don’t tape over the following type of skin • Areas treated with radiation in the past 6 months • Open wounds • Infected areas • Skin preparation • If you’re concerned about an allergy, apply a small (1cm x...
Rock Tape Study: Helen Wyman

Rock Tape Study: Helen Wyman

Us professional athletes tend to err on the side of caution and often feel even the slightest niggle can lead to a terminal issue. Some may even call us hypochondriacs; probably with good reason. I race cyclo-cross, an off-road cycling discipline ridden over grass, sand, mud, snow and ice, depending on the course and time of year. Having been national champion 6 times in this discipline, I’ve had my fair share of racing incidents. However, as you age, you pick up training injuries too. Recently, when training off road, I spent a lot of time attacking sand banks to practice carrying enough speed to get over them and ended up with a very slight acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) ligament tear. Your AC joint is the point where the collar bone joins the shoulder blade at the top of shoulder.  The lowest grade tear leads to pain on most shoulder movements and in particular bringing your arm across your body. When sprinting out of the saddle this is quite an important movement, so it was vital to fix it pretty quickly. The picture below shows the anatomy of the shoulder and a grade 3 separation (fortunately my injury is a grade 1 partial injury and nowhere near as severe). Having been a physiotherapist in a previous life, I was able to self diagnose and counter diagnosis with university friends who are still therapists. The general rule of treatment for an injury of this nature is rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication for the first week alongside taping during exercise. I have never used rock tape before and I was seriously impressed with...
ROCKTAPE talks to Team GB volleyball star Shauna Mullin

ROCKTAPE talks to Team GB volleyball star Shauna Mullin

Why beach volleyball over indoor volleyball? I represented Scotland indoors for years before switching to the beach.  Once I had experienced high-level beach volleyball, I couldn’t stay away.  With beach volleyball, there are 2 players, as opposed to 6 indoors.  So the opposition can target one player, meaning you need a more rounded skill set. Indoors, the coach plays a major roll – they are in constant communication with their players.  On the beach, the coach has to leave ten minutes before the start and plays no further part, so you have to be self-sufficient. The fundamentals of the games don’t differ, but we swap ends more often on the beach to minimise any advantage that could be gained from weather conditions. What constitutes an average day’s training for you? Our year has 3 phases: pre-season, season and off-season.  Pre-season will usually be 2 to 3 sessions a day, 6 days a week.  1 physical session a day (weight lifting or cardio), 1 technical sand session and 1 body control session, where motor patterns are ingrained using medicine balls, benches or therabands. As we get closer to the season, we focus more on performance, with more match type scenarios, including mental aspects.  Year round we also have psychology meetings, video analysis, ice-bath/swimming pool/ocean recovery sessions, physiotherapy and massage. I’m usually in bed by 8.30 as sleep is important to me. What are your favourite and least favourite sessions? I love to play, so my favourite times are when we get to the competitive game drills. ‘Max testing’ is horrible, because you have to lift such heavy weights, and cardio...

Rocktape and how it works

In the first of a series of articles, Barry Spencer, a Chartered Physiotherapist and Medical Development Director for Rocktape who also has a Physiotherapy clinic in Burgess Hill, introduces us to the basics of Kinesiolgy tape or, as most of us will know it, Rocktape.  Barry has recently completed the 1st CrossFit training day at CrossFit Bold. Seen the bright coloured tape over elite athletes in the Olympics?  Wondered what it is and what it does?  It’s called Kinesiology Tape and it ‘s received plenty of publicity of late. Kinesiology tape was developed in Japan in the 70’s and, up until recently, it has been mainly used in the Far East. During the Beijing Olympics several high profile athlete wore Kinesiology tape and, since then, the Western World has become much more interested. When Kinesiology tape was developed, it was thought that different colours had different effects, along the lines of colour therapy.  Black was to give more power, blue for cooling and pink to provide warmth. These days the various colours and patterned tape you see are just a bit of fun added to what is becoming an increasingly popular rehabilitation tool. Kinesiology tape is a cotton/nylon weave that contains no drugs, potions or magic. The adhesive on the back of the tape is acrylic based, which means it is gentle to the skin. Most people have no problems with their skin when wearing Kinesiology tape, even those who have had prior issues with other latex-based tape products. Depending on the brand used, how well it is applied, the skin type and activity levels of the wearer, Kinesiology...