The British Keelboat Academy – Time to create some supple sailors!

The British Keelboat Academy – Time to create some supple sailors!

By Tom Colwill BSc Sports Therapist | Strength & Conditioning Coach RockDoc and ROCKTAPE Ambassador The University of Bath was the location for the introduction weekend for the British Keelboat Academy. 36 sailors from around the country all meeting up to develop their understanding of what it takes to be a top level, professional sailor. The content was delivered by different lecturers focusing on Nutrition for sport, the Psychological demands of a team, calendar synchronisation, the financial demands as an athlete, then there was my segment, ‘Fitness testing and an introduction to movement and mobility’. The fitness testing section came first and we asked the sailors to complete as many “correct” air squats as possible in a minute, as many “correct” Pushups as possible in a minute followed by a 1K run around the track. We recorded all the athletes completing the squats and pushups on video, so that their movement can be reviewed individually and common movement faults can be identified. This was followed by a Movement and Mobility session aimed at addressing common movements that the sailors would need to perform regularly in their sport and to help them understand how to correctly execute them. We reviewed the squat and the pushup as a group and then gave out different mobility exercises to different sailors depending on their needs. We added in the sit-and-reach test which they performed, we mobilised the hamstrings, they performed again and were able to see the instant change. Instant change, that’s a concept that is quite nice. It definitely made a difference to position and movement, and it definitely caused a few...
Josh Plail at WildWest Crossfit

Josh Plail at WildWest Crossfit

I had the pleasure of representing RockTape at the wildwest crossfit competition which took place in Malvern in late July 2015. Firstly, it needs to be acknowledged that wild west was a fantastic event, from start to finish, the highly organised teams and management led to a very smooth weekend with a fantastic vibe. It was additionally great to see such a variety of athlete who were competing, from a few familiar faces from the Meridian Regionals in Copenhagen, to the first time competitor, it catered for all. As part of the RockTape team, accompanied by Jade Parsons and Amy Bennett, we were primarily responsible for taping and strapping the athletes. With the nature of many crossfit competitions being constantly varied, the taping techniques varied immensely between each individual athlete. Some techniques included grip taping to survive the brutal 75 seconds max effort rope climbs, to lower back /lumbar support to help battle with the never ending clean ladder. As many of you know, pull ups can take a toll on our shoulders, so again, various taping techniques were used to accommodate the athletes and enhance their individual performances. Furthermore it was great to see a few athletes smashing pb’s on their over head squat with shoulder RockTape applications. . One of the great things about RockTape is that it can help with so many elements of an athlete’s performance. It can simply provide feedback, correct movement patterns or facilitate muscle contraction, which all contributes to enhancing the best performance possible! 🙂 RockTape with their highly qualified rockdocs are always more than willing to help all athletes at the...
John Dennis – Training in Norway

John Dennis – Training in Norway

On March 25th 2015 saw me start the leg to Norway for Phase 2 of my expedition training. My alarm went off at 0355 for the taxi ride to T5 Heathrow – decent flight and 2 hours later I arrived in Oslo and put through the terminal with typical Norwegian efficiency. I had a few hours till kill before my four hour train trip to the mountains of the Hardangervidda National Park and my eventual start point for the exped, Haugastol. My excitement was growing every minute, so was my anxiety levels. To be expected considering the journey I’ve been on for the past couple of years I suppose. I arrived at a train station in Ustaoset, piled my RAB bags on my bag and stumbled off the train to an amused Carl Alvey and his typically northern greeting of “ya alrighte”. I arrived at the most perfect time – dinner. I cannot describe the food at Haugastol M.o.H Hotel, it really is sensational and a real treat in the ay its run. A total family run business, but they have a knack of making you feel art of the family, a simply wonderful place. A quick debrief with Carl and I headed for my room to take in the day and decamp my kit. 0650 and the alarm is going off for my day to begin, little did it know I’d beaten it by an hour as the nerves were in full swing by that stage. I headed up for breakfast and was greeted by other guests who are always keen to talk about what they are doing...
Carl Sanderson Tough Mudder

Carl Sanderson Tough Mudder

Hi, I’m Carl Sanderson, A  41 year old with  Haemophilia A, a bleeding disorder  where my blood doesn’t clot probably. So doing 1 Tough Mudder event is a challenge in itself. This year my challenge is to complete all the 16 Tough Mudder events in the UK. This will be done over 8 weekends, so running the Saturday and Sunday at each event. My reason is to raise awareness for Haemophilia and help change the image of how others see us.   I want to raise enough money to provide a fun and educational treatment room for the children and their families affected by bleeding disorders at The RVI Newcastle, Haemophilia Centre. This will help them understand the condition and treatments better. I have use a number of different brands of sports/kinesiology tape over the pass a year or so, but all came off before I needed it too. I contacted ROCKTAPE to see if they tape would stay on over the course of my weekend events. “Best to go for our H20 tape, same price, industrial strength adhesive J” is the replyI got back. After being taped up by my physiotherapist on the Friday morning, it stayed on through 2 Tough Mudder events 3 showers and a hot bath when I got home. H2o ROCKTAPE is the tape I will use from now on! If you wish to help you can donate on my Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/carlsanderson Also check out my Facebook page for more details on my Tough Mudder Charity Challenge...
Skiing With Heroes

Skiing With Heroes

Rachel Dickens, of www.englishosteopath.com, recently told Rocktape about her work with Skiing with Heroes. I work in Monaco and southern France, where, when not busy with our two clinics, I run the medical support team for ‘Skiing with Heroes’.  A UK-based charity run solely by volunteers, Skiing with Heroes takes injured British ex-soldiers skiing and also offers the support and mentoring they need to secure careers once back in the civilian world. Due to the extent of their injuries, all our skiers will have had hundreds of hours of physio from NHS or Armed Forces therapists.  Excellent as those services are, it does mean the guys will never have seen Rocktape, so, this year, I asked Rocktape if they could give me some to trial on our wounded soldiers. Luckily for us, they did, and the difference it made was significant. Our skiers have many different types of war injuries, of which the most frequent are caused by: IED’s (Improvised Explosive Device) or homemade bombs, usually wired together in a ‘daisy chain’ for maximum devastation:  these, if they haven’t killed you, will take off a leg or two.  If you are lucky enough to not be hit directly, the blast can remove muscles from your legs, thighs, chest and/or arms. RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade):  designed as an anti-tank weapon, these were popular in Iraq.  Many of our skiers have survived direct hits from these.  The survivors’ injuries are severe and I’ve seen entire muscle groups and nerves, tendons and bones completely obliterated.  One of our young skiers had both eyes blown out by one of these weapons. Gunshot wounds: ...
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