Rock Out with Britney in Las Vegas with RockTape!

Rock Out with Britney in Las Vegas with RockTape!

We’re offering RockTape Medical Professionals the chance to win a VIP experience in Las Veags – with all expenses paid! Here’s what you need to do between now at May 30th! Step 1 – Get Some Chill Get your hands on some RockSauce chill between now at May 20th, 2016. You can buy through us, or a trusted medical distributor. Step 2 – Post That Chill Show us how you chill with RockSauce Chill – post a photo on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #rockoutwithrocktape. We’ll be watching that hashtag to pick a winner… more entries gets you noticed! Step 3 – Rock Out TWO lucky fans will be picked by RockTape for an ALL-EXPENSE-PAID Vegas trip to see Britney and rock out June 18th! Remember, the more you post – the more likely you are to win. This contest is US only and no purchase is necessary. Questions? Let us know in the comments.  Here’s the fine print: HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins 12:01 A.M. EST on May 1st, 2016 and ends 11:59 P.M. EST on May 30th, 2016. To enter, make a post on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag “#rockoutwithrocktape” Limit one entry per person. RockTape is not responsible for lost, late, illegible or incomplete or entries not received for any reason. Entries become sole property of RockTape and none will be acknowledged or returned. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 years or older at time of entry (“Entrant(s)”). Void where prohibited by law. Employees of RockTape and/or those living in the...
Meet a RockTape Podiatrist: Dr Emily Splichal DPM, MS, CES

Meet a RockTape Podiatrist: Dr Emily Splichal DPM, MS, CES

Would you tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice? I am podiatrist, human movement specialist and creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist® Certification. I am in private practice in Manhattan where I specialize in movement dysfunction as it relates to feet, foot to core integration and from the ground up stabilization.   I take a non-traditional approach as a podiatrist meaning that I favor more natural movement (barefoot science), minimal footwear and neuromuscular activation as part of my patients treatment.   How did you decide to choose your profession? Your specialty? My passion is movement so I knew that I always wanted to build a career that was built around the art of movement. Fifteen years ago, when I first began my fitness career I was very happy but knew I still wanted to eventually get a graduate degree. When I was looking at graduate schools Podiatry seemed like a speciality that would allow me to do medicine but still focus on movement, biomechanics and athletics. I didn’t quite know how I’d combine my passions but it’s amazing how things unfold and I am exactly where I want to be career-wise. To wake up every morning and be able to do medicine, fitness, movement and education makes me feel like I don’t have to do a job – I’m simply doing what I love.   What are the most common misconceptions about foot health?  I think some of the biggest misconceptions about foot health and foot function are actually put out by Podiatrists.   There is a belief that our feet were not designed to support its own...
We’re launching a H2O blog series March 2016!

We’re launching a H2O blog series March 2016!

Andre Botha photographed by Clark Little Who uses RockTape H2O? Body boarder Andre Botha I’ve been asked a lot “How do you not get injured?” but the truth is that injuries are apart of the game and are bound to happen. Riding heavy waves is hard on the body, especially close outs. My list of wave related injuries are countless and there is nothing worse than not being able to be active and do what you love. In June 2015 I pulled muscles in my back doing an invert. It took me until November to finally be rid of the pain in that area. In December at Keiki I free fell onto the sand and, like a weak link in a chain, the pain was back. Muscle pain has a way of haunting one like this. I can say with great relief that I have found a product that actually works and helps so much…RockTape has been a savior giving me the ability to go stronger longer and RockTape h2o is ideal for my lifestyle in the water. I’m not just pushing a product here, this really works for me. Thanks RockTape, literally for the support.   USA Diving USA Diving head athletic trainer Terry Robinson has been using RockTape with national team divers for several years. RockTape serves as the official supplier of kinesiology tape for the team. “I use RockTape as an injury prevention and recovery method” Robinson says. “Divers don’t need to be thinking about an injury or muscular problem while diving, and RockTape helps alleviate pain and other restrictions that could impede their performance.”  ...
Improve Your Grip Strength – Improve Your Life

Improve Your Grip Strength – Improve Your Life

Maybe the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but almost every sport requires some element of grip strength and/or endurance, and training this specifically can lead to big payoffs in performance. The cool thing about grip strength is that it is as functional as it gets. If you can hoist a 400-pound barbell off the ground with no problem, carrying a bag through the airport or opening a jar of spaghetti sauce gets pretty damn easy. There are certainly elements of specialization possible in grip training depending on your needs. If you’re a fighter, rock climber or powerlifter, for example, which type of grip strength you need varies a little between pinch grip and finger strength, crush grip (what it sounds like, but basically being able to generate a lot of force for a short period of time) and more of a support grip that can be sustained for a longer duration. But, the basics are the basics for a reason, so let’s look at how every athlete can train grip strength and endurance that serves as the base for any further specialization. Two things that most people can do with a minimal amount of equipment and that have big paybacks are static hangs and farmer’s carry. Static hangs are as basic as they get. Find something to hang from, and hang from it! Easy enough? Your bodyweight provides the resistance and this is both a strength and endurance exercise. While you’re hanging there and you have nothing else to do, pay attention to where your shoulder blades are in space. You should be “actively hanging” by keeping...
Challenging Core Strength and Stability with Variation

Challenging Core Strength and Stability with Variation

Let’s face it… planks are boring. But they’re also effective, especially if you mix up how you’re using them. All too often athletes will get into a plank position, hold it for as long as they can, and call it good. That’s not the worst idea in the world, but your trunk or core or whatever you like to call it needs strength and stability in multiple directions of challenge, needs to be able to brace statically as well as dynamically during movement, and in different positions, so mixing up the plank is both fun as well as better training for the central axis of your body. First things first, make sure your plank is awesome in form before you do anything else. A good planker will have a relaxed neck (and a relaxed jaw and face), will have engaged abs and butt that you could bounce a quarter off of, a neutral head position (not looking up or clamping your chin down to your chest) and a neutral spine position (no butt up in the air or saggy back). Last, but definitely not least, a good planker will be able to do all this while maintaining normal breathing, not holding their breath or sounding like they’re about to give birth! Your first goal is to be able to do all of this (and either to this with mirrors or video yourself because planking is like drunk dancing at a wedding, what’s in your head is never as pretty as reality) for 30-90 seconds and eventually for several minutes at a time. Once you’ve mastered the basics, then it’s...

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