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Our own Paul Coker on Kinesiology Tape Lies

Our very own RockTape UK’s Paul Coker wrote up a great piece over at Breaking Muscle about

My experience of sticking tape on thousands of patients, running hundreds of taping workshops for health professionals, and taping myself whenever I hurt, is that tape works. It does cool and surprising stuff to reduce pain and improve movement. But I also hear a whole load of nonsense, misinformation, and misconceptions about kinesiology tape and what it does.
Here are four most commons myths I hear, along with reasoning to the contrary.

Mobility is a human right


At RockTape, we’ve made a promise to keep people moving stronger and longer. Part of that promise is giving people the tools and knowledge about how to fix themselves.

Which is why we’re incredibly excited – and proud – to introduce our new line of mobility products.

As a company dedicated to optimizing human movement, and keeping people moving througout their life, we believe that the information to get the most out of our tools should be included – and shared.

Every one of our mobility products includes detailed, full-color instructions. Our RockNRoller foam roller includes a gorgeous, lay-flat poster that guides you through fascial-release exercises. It’s truly an all-in-one tool that helps you move better.

The same is true with our RockBalls, a mobility ball set (the spikey one is awesome!) and our RockBands, which are awesome resistance bands (in 5 resistances).

We’ll be following through our commitment to movement with a blog series featuring mobility exerices from some familiar faces. We’ll be sure to announce new posts via Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you’re following us there.

As always, thank you so much for your support!

RockTape Inc. Named a Strategic Business Partner of APTA

RockTape Inc, a leading provider of sports medicine products, has been named a Strategic Business Partner of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), effective October 15, 2014.

“We are pleased to welcome RockTape to APTA’s Strategic Business Partners family,” said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. “It is important to APTA to enhance our business relationships and develop meaningful partnerships with for-profit companies. We are pleased that our services and marketing opportunities provide mutual benefits to our partners and APTA.”

RockTape is a leader in sports medicine products and methods. Its flagship product, RockTape kinesiology tape, is used by more than 8,000 medical professionals worldwide to treat and prevent common sports injuries. In addition to pain management, professional and amateur athletes use RockTape to enhance competitive performance. RockTape reports that the product’s unique properties relieve pain, reduce swelling, improve fluid dynamics to working muscles, reduce fatigue, and enhance movement awareness. The company also offers a Fascial Movement Taping Certification, an evidence-informed kinesiology taping certification based on functional movement assessment and treatment strategies.

In 2015 RockTape will exhibit at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, NEXT, and National Student Conclave as part of its aggressive growth strategy. “We knew that to best leverage all of our great relationships in the physical therapy profession, we needed to partner with and support the profession through the APTA Strategic Business Partners Program,” said Alyson Evans, director of US sales.

To learn more about RockTape and its full range of products, please visit, friend the company on or follow it on Twitter (@Rocktape).

The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat, and find a physical therapist in your area at Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.

RockTape Partners with Turner Motor Sports as the Official Kinesiology/Athletic Tape

Rocktape, used to treat and prevent injuries sustained on the racetrack by Turner Motorsports drivers and pit crew, has formalized a partnership to support these athletes while they compete on the racetrack.

August 20 2012,– Los Gatos, CA, Rocktape,the world’s strongest brand of kinesiology tape will be used by Turner Sports Drivers and pit crew to help prevent injuries, promote recovery and provide muscle support. Worn by athletes all over the world, Rocktape will help Turner Motor Sports drivers and pit crew team keep up with the intense physical demands of being on the racetrack.

Rocktape ( is a hi-tech athletic kinesiology tape that can be used to treat a wide variety of sports injuries or increase performance. When applied to an area of the body, Rocktape improves circulation. This increase in circulation helps reduce fatigue or can help accelerate the healing process. Rocktape can also be used to help prevent injuries by providing extra stability to a joint without reducing range of movement. With Rocktape, athletes are able to perform stronger, longer.

Pit crew team members are trained to respond quickly in the most extreme circumstances. In order to increase and maintain their stamina, Turner Motor Sports pit crew team members are now encouraged to CrossFit®, a circuit method of rigorous exercise designed to build strength and endurance.

“Our crew will be in great physical condition this year, but muscle strain and injury can happen no matter how fit you are and it’s important for the pit crew and drivers to recover faster,” said Ted Bullard of Turner Motor Sports. “Rocktape is simply amazing the way that it works — gets them back on the race track quickly, healed faster.”

Greg van den Dries, CEO of Rocktape agrees. “We are excited to partner with Turner Motorsports and support their crew with Rocktape. Injuries that heal faster not only improve physical performance but can boost confidence.”

Rocktape will supply the Turner Motorsports pit crew with Rocktape, Rock Sauce®, a powerful pain relieving lotion, and pHast Legs a product that reduces muscle soreness and decreases recovery time. Combined or used separately, any athlete or sports enthusiast can benefit from the increased stamina, pain relief and endurance that these products provide.

For more information about Rocktapevisit, friend them on facebook and follow them on twitter @rocktape

pHast Legs – the Paleo Supplement is confirmed to be effective

A new study at Montana State University confirms pHast Legs efficacy

A blind placebo study was conducted on Nordic skiers by Dr Dan Heil at Montana State University. After 24 elite Nordic skiers used either Alka-Myte or placebo for 7 days at a dose of 1 tablet per 50 pounds of body weight, the following significant changes were noted in their upper body ergometer performance: 1. increased power output; 2. reduced cardio-respiratory stress with lower heart rate, respiratory rate and energy expenditure (lower sub-maximal VO2) and 3. reduced blood lactate levels. The research is available here.

Paleo Punch

Did you know that a Paleo oriented diet can increase blood acidity significantly? Heavy consumption of protein can be highly acidic to your body if it is not balanced by alkaline vegetables and fruits. High acidity, or acidosis, causes pH imbalances in your body which stresses various tissues, compromises immunity and reduces performance.

An easy way to counter high amounts of protein is to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. The problem is it requires you to eat a lot of vegetables!

pHast Legs to the rescue! Simply pop the required dosage of pHast Legs while eating smartly and you’ll soon be dropping pounds while staying strong and healthy. pHast Legs greatly reduces muscle soreness as well.

RockTape® Selects Smack Media as Public Relations Agency of Record

June 26, 2012 – Campbell, CA – RockTape Inc., a leading provider of sports medicine products, has named Smack Media as its public relations agency of record, effective June 18th, 2012.  The partnership comes together as RockTape continues an aggressive growth path and seeks to leverage their strong relationships with athletes and trainers, medical professionals and retail establishments. Smack Media and RockTape kick-off their relationship by focusing on major summer sports events, including the 2012 Olympic Games.

RockTape offers a variety of products designed to help professional athletes and weekend warriors. Their flagship product, RockTape kinesiology tape, is used by over 6,000 chiropractors, sports physicians and physical therapists worldwide to treat and prevent common sports injuries. RockTape is engineered with 100% organic cotton, lasts up to 5 days, and can be worn while swimming or showering. RockTape users can also choose from over 30 different colors and patterns to express their individual personalities and styles.

In addition to pain management, thousands of professional and amateur athletes use RockTape to enhance competitive performance. RockTape’s unique properties reduce swelling, accelerate blood flow to working muscles, reduce fatigue and help coordinate movement, providing the extra edge that can make the difference between finishing first or second.

This summer, RockTape and Smack Media will be on the scene at the U.S. Olympic Trials (Diving and Track & Field), the Reebok CrossFit Games, the Tour de France and the 2012 London Olympic Games. RockTape Founder and CEO, Greg van den Dries, selected Smack Media because of their experience working with athletes, their strong reputation for helping innovative sports brands succeed, and their network of personal connections in the health, fitness and endurance sports world.

“We are Official Sponsors of the Garmin-Barracuda Cycling Team and the Reebok CrossFit Games, and we’re working with several Olympic trainers and athletes who will be competing this summer. We knew that to best leverage all of our great relationships we needed to partner with a strategic and well connected PR firm,” said van den Dries.

Smack Media is off to the races this week for the US Olympic Trials and working closely with one of Eugene, Oregon’s top trainers, who treats several of the competing athletes. The team at Smack Media will also be working with the Garmin-Barracuda Cycling Team, Olympic Weightlifter Holley Mangold, Olympic Cyclist Shelley Olds, and CrossFit Champion Jason Khalipa, among others. With an action-packed summer of sports ahead, RockTape will be integral to many victories and Smack Media will seek to capture and promote those priceless moments.

To learn more about RockTape and their full range of products, please visit, friend them or follow them on Twitter @Rocktape.

About RockTape

RockTape is a leader in sports medicine products and methods. Founded by Greg van den Dries, RockTape is Greg’s 6th startup. Located in Silicon Valley, RockTape helps athletes “go stronger, longer” with hi-tech textiles, aerospace adhesives and organic chemistry, and through Fascial Movement Taping, a taping technique based on muscles acting as a chain to create efficient, fluid patterns.

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