#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

Tell us about yourself. I’m a Paralympic cyclist. I raced mountain bikes when I was younger, before having a limb-lengthening surgery go awry and left me with muscle atrophy, bone-on-bone at the ankle, low ankle flexion, low bone density, knee pain, hip pain, foot pain, scarring, and my legs are still off about an inch or so in length. Tell us about your first experience riding a bike. I was six when I first got on a bike, riding to and from school with my dad. Rides turned into longer rides along the Coastal Trail in Alaska, discovering Kincaid Park, purchasing my first mountain bike, joining the Arctic Bicycle Club, and dreaming of becoming a professional mountain bike racer as I zipped through the trails of Kincaid Park on Tuesday nights at the age of nine. How did you qualify for the Paralympic Games? I qualified for the Paralympic Games at the Paralympic Trials, July 2nd, with a time trial. My time put me on the ranking list high enough to punch my ticket to Rio. What has been your toughest obstacle in your Road to Rio? In May of 2015, I got hit by a car. A man ran a red light and I didn’t see him coming because a car blocked my peripheral view. Thankfully though, the car that blocked my view also caused the driver that ran the red light to step on the brakes and hit me at a decreased speed. Unfortunately for me though, I ended up with a concussion, sprained sternoclavicular joint, shoulder pain and twisted vertebrae in my neck. As a result,...
An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

“This is my son Charlie, he has a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) and has been in hospital for much of his life. One of the things that has always upset me as his mum was ugly medical tape all over his face. Not only does it look bad, but it smells and he’s now allergic to most of it as it has broken down his skin. And then we discovered RockTape – and we use it for everything. Charlie wears RockTape on a daily basis and it doesn’t cause him any irritation. RockTape has provided us a huge amount of relief, Charlie’s face has healed, and the tape colours always make his medical situation much happier. Charlie’s condition involves major comp   lications with his lung arteries; he will likely never be able to use RockTape for its actual purpose – even though he now has good life expectancy, he’s probably never going to be an athlete. Regardless we remain your biggest fans.” Mel – Charlie’s...
RockDoc, STA member and co-owner of RMA Exercise Rehabilitation Jake Brougham has provided a report on his attendance at our latest RockBlades IASTM course.

RockDoc, STA member and co-owner of RMA Exercise Rehabilitation Jake Brougham has provided a report on his attendance at our latest RockBlades IASTM course.

RMA is a sports therapy provider to global events. Services we provide to competitors include RockTaping, Sports Massage, Exercise Rehab and now IASTM. The aim of RMA has always been to maximise performance and reduce injury so when my business partner and I heard about the RockTape IASTM course we knew that we needed to take a look and book. As members of the Sports Therapy Association, team RMA were alerted to the IASTM Seminar by an established relationship between the STA & Rocktape. We were intrigued about the IASTM concept and were keen to learn more! So what made the Rocktape IASTM course different to other Seminar/ Course providers? COST At £300 the price may seem dear however the tools are included in this price, and also being a member of the STA you are eligible for 20% discount on all RockTape courses! EQUIPMENT The IASTM tools are immaculately presented in a very smart box. You receive a high quality stainless steel tool made for clinical use, along with a lightweight tool designed to be portable; perfect for work at events or at the training ground! Compared to other tools on the market these really are strong contenders based on the quality of the design. They are ergonomic and allow us therapist to treat in many awkward anatomical areas. COURSE INSTRUCTION The course was delivered by some outstanding clinicians in Paul (Physio) & Rob (Chiro). Both clearly demonstrating seasoned experienced in their fields and this gave immediate credibility to the audience. WHAT DID WE LEARN In reflection, we came up with a few things that we think helped...
Good Vibrations: The Importance of Myofascial Release

Good Vibrations: The Importance of Myofascial Release

Unless you have been living under a rock I’m sure you will have heard of the term myofascial release. But how much do you really know about what you are doing when you use a foam roller at the end of your workout? Before we unpick the bones of myofascial release (MFR), first let’s remind ourselves what all the fuss is about fascia. Historically, fascia was an overlooked structure, previously seen as the thing that was in the way of getting a good view of the muscles in the body. But now we have a greater understanding and respect for the clear, cling-film like coating of the entire muscular system. Characteristics of Fascia      Has a tensile strength similar to steel Responds instantaneously to external and internal stimuli In conjunction with muscles, it provides multi-directional tensioning throughout the body AKA “The Sling-Systems” Plays a key role in functional core stability Provides fluidity to motion Stores cellular memory Elicits pain Transfers kinetic energy, load and force through the entire musculo-skeletal system Now for the science… E=mc2 John F.Barnes (international expert on MFR), bases his principles of MFR on Einstein’s famous formula E=mc2. Interestingly, he relates the meaning of the formula to understanding the dysfunctions associated with the myofascial system the principles behind treating them. The formula illustrates that solidity is only an illusion and that everything is energy; different frequencies of vibrational energy, to some degree or another. Barnes advocates that trauma (and I would add to that; inefficient posture and motion) can significantly change the force vectors passing through the body. This can disrupt the ability of energy to flow...
RockBlades®: RockTape Introduces the Latest in IASTM Technology

RockBlades®: RockTape Introduces the Latest in IASTM Technology

New IASTM system coupled with revolutionary, evidence-informed IASTM methodology Coming soon, a revolutionary Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) system, RockBlades. RockBlades comprise two precision-engineered and manufactured soft-tissue instruments: a surgical-grade stainless steel “Mallet” and thermo-plastic polymide “Mullet,” accompanied by a 100% natural RockRub emollient, and sanitizing wipes to form a complete, turn-key IASTM system. Honed from surgical-grade stainless steel, the Mallet is the ultimate in-clinic tool. Hand-polished treatment surfaces, combined with a perfectly balanced and weighted core make tissue scanning and treatment a breeze. Matte-finished dimples—four on each side—combined with a patented “brass knuckle” style handle enables practitioners to hold the tool six different ways. Every side is unique, both in shape and edge radius. The “Mullet” is a lightweight tool designed to be portable, allowing practitioners to deliver superior soft-tissue manipulation wherever their patients may be. The Mullet is crafted from an incredibly durable thermo-plastic polyamide—the same material used in high-performance automotive and aerospace applications. The Mullet features four distinct edges, providing comprehensive treatment capabilities and its quirks include a functioning bottle opener. Every detail of RockBlades—each edge, angle and contour – was carefully cultivated and refined over the course of two years. “I’m proud to introduce this premium set of tools to our network of RockTape Medical Professionals,” says RockTape CEO Greg van den Dries. “Our tools are set to revolutionize the way our Med Pros deliver a continuum of care to a wide range of patients.” In addition to the two tools, every set of RockBlades includes a newly reformulated RockRub emollient and a pack of sanitizing wipes. Additional rub and wipes will be available...
In Pain? How to Assemble a Winning Team for Your Rehab

In Pain? How to Assemble a Winning Team for Your Rehab

“You wake up in the middle of the night and your shoulder is screaming as you lie on it. In the morning, you can barely bend over to put your Stance socks on after that heavy squat session yesterday. Box jumps and double-unders are impossible because of your heel pain. You’ve rolled, smashed, broke out the bands, taped, and enlisted a “super-friend”. Nothing works. What gives? Is this the life of a CrossFitter?” To read the article from RockTape Instructor and Chiropractor Rob Crowley in full 0n the Breaking Muscle website click...

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