RockTape and UHC: Kinesiology tape for cycling recovery and performance

RockTape and UHC: Kinesiology tape for cycling recovery and performance

We reached out to the UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling team to get their thoughts on RockTape Kinesiology Tape. Check them out below! When did you first begin using kinesiology tape and how were you introduced to it? Linda Villumsen: Back in 2007 when racing a world cup in Germany, I had a bad crash resulting in a heap of injuries, including a broken wrist and a badly injured knee. I went through a couple of real hard months debating whether I would ever ride again because I suffered from swelling around the knee. My team doctor advised me to try kinesiology tape and at first I was very skeptical, but I was proved wrong, and I have used kinesiology tape in just about every race ever since then. Cari Higgins: I was lucky enough to come into contact with RockTape when it was a baby company, maybe months old. Unfortunately, it was because I had a nasty crash on the Velodrome in San Jose, CA. My hip was majorly swollen and puffy the next day, but I still wanted to race. I ran into the founder of RockTape, because his daughter was racing, and he convinced me to try out the tape in a spiderweb fashion to reduce the swelling. The results were pretty amazing and you could tell exactly where the tape had been applied and where the spots I missed. I was sold. Danny Summerhill: I used kinesiology tape for the first time in 2007. I got tendinitis in my knee while doing base miles early in the season, and as it was my first ever time with...
Paris To Barcelona

Paris To Barcelona

Joe and Josh are cycling from Paris to Barcelona over 8days to raise money for The Ronald Mcdonald House charity and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Here is their day by day: Warm Up Ride Manchester to Blackpool done! James joined us for the ride as the charities are very close to his heart and has had a life changing experience with them. Every little helps! Our Sponsors Got to say a big thanks to our sponsors, Qdos Fitness and Saville’s builders for their help! And an additional mention to Rocktape for kindly donating some free tape for the ride to keep us in working order! The Night Before We have arrived in Paris ready for starting our ride tomorrow. Quick picture under the Eiffell Tower and then loading up on carbs!!! We have got a big day ahead, quick 20mile ride to CrossFit Lisses where will be completing ‘The Seven’! Once we have regained consciousness, we will be on our way to Orleans with another 65miles! We are currently in high spirits….. Lets see how we are when we check in tomorrow evening! DAY 1 So the first day ended up a 12hour day, not ideal for day one! We set off from Paris at 7:40 and cycled 21miles to CrossFit Lisses! Although paris is very nice and cycle friendly, our satnav is not! Taking many detours and after every possible red light, we arrived of CrossFit Lisses at 9:40. Then it began! ‘The Seven’ notoriously know as one of the hardest CrossFit workouts around, we now know why everyone thought we were stupid…. We are! Josh...
Unite and Bike for Heroes

Unite and Bike for Heroes

Just under a year ago, I decided to enter this event to commemorate the Centenary of the start of the Great War. As you will know, if you have followed my blog, I was fortunate enough to serve with the Royal Engineers for a number of years until being medically discharged in 1997. A large number of my friends and colleagues have been impacted by loss in conflict and I have lost several friends and this seemed a fitting tribute to their memories. I had also recently been bitten by the cycling bug so it was a perfect fit. I also decided to dedicate the year to raising funds and awareness for Blind Veterans UK and you can read more about their work and my motivations elsewhere in this blog. I have had a superb year and have achieved a number of firsts (for me) with several highs (and a couple of hiccoughs) and have made many new friends along the way. I have had wonderful support and met many inspirational folk, so was very excited as we approached this ‘final’ event in August. However, I had not appreciated just how emotional the trip would be and what a superb end to the years fund raising. And so it began – Stratford Intl to Folkestone – High speed train The trip to Folkestone by train was unremarkable, as were my first impressions of the town when I arrived. Folkestone was gearing up for a big centenary parade on the 4th, with Prince Harry in attendance and there were bands rehearsing and police cordoning the front off, so I just...
Preventing Common Cycling Injuries

Preventing Common Cycling Injuries

As one of the team sponsors of Team Garmin Sharp, ROCKTAPE, have had their fair share of experience working with cycling injuries, whether on the Tour de France, at local triathlons or at the UK National Mountain Bike Championship. Cyclo asked Daniel Lawrence, ROCKTAPE’s Education Director, to talk us through some of the most common cycling injuries, how they come about, and what you can do to treat and avoid them… Cycling injuries are usually not too severe and can be easily treated; however they can become commonplace if you do not take the correct precautions. Many of the injuries that I see amongst cyclists tend to be overuse injuries through regular repetitive movements, or postural injuries, the result of an improper riding position or posture on the bike. Points of contact cycling injuries are one of the most common things that I see with cyclists. Take, for example, where the cleats make contact with the pedal, usually via a clipless pedal system. If your cleats are not properly positioned at the correct angle, your will end up with shooting pains in your knees that will simply continue to grow until corrected. One of the simplest ways to remedy this is to correctly set up your clipless pedal system. It might take a bit of fiddling about and adjusting to get your shoe position correct but it will help ensure your feet are always in the correct position and also help you to generate more power easily too. If you haven’t invested in a clipless pedal system, than it is definitely something that I would recommend. Another incredibly common...
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