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How RockTape Can Boost Your Climbing Game

How RockTape Can Boost Your Climbing Game

Rock climbing is a tough sport, and not just because it is done with the added excitement of being at dangerous heights off the ground. Cuts and abrasions, dislocations, various ligament tears and tendonitis are all common things most climbers deal with from time to time. A British study of recreational rock climbers found that 40% of injuries occurred in the fingers, 16% in the shoulders, 12% in the elbows and carpal tunnel syndrome was found in about 25% of climbers. read more…

We are #BostonStrong

We are #BostonStrong

The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon and one of the most famous racing events. Of the six world majors, the Boston Marathon has the most dynamic and inspiring history. We’re always humbled to be a part of it! Every year we’ve had a presence at the expo, we’re taken aback by the concentration of inspirational stories we hear from the athletes we’re taping up for the race. Here are some of the runners we met this year:

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Common Running Injuries and How to Tape for Them

Common Running Injuries and How to Tape for Them

Trail running has a ton of benefits for practitioners of the sport, as well as some unique challenges and injuries. Probably the main problem trail runners face is an acute ankle sprain, and taping may help prevent sprains and can certainly be helpful in the aftermath. Of course, trail runners are just as prone to the chronic knee and hip problems other runners face, too. Uneven terrain makes falls more prevalent and gives trail runners a higher need to protect their lower legs, especially, and doing so also helps with those tight single-track sections that may put you in proximity to thorny plants or all our “poisonous” friends like ivy, elm and oak. read more…

How Kinesiology Tape Really Works

How Kinesiology Tape Really Works

When people see kinesiology taping in action, the first question is usually, “Does it work?” followed quickly by, “How does it work?” Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about what this kind of tape does, and how, so this article will get you on the same page with what science is telling us!

All of the effects of kinesiology tape came from the mechanical and neurosensory actions of the tape. When kinesiology tape is placed on the skin, some pretty cool things start to happen. Because of the stretchiness of the tape, it mechanically lifts and, in some cases, compresses the skin it is applied to. When you consider a cross-section of human skin and the underlying tissues, you see that each layer of tissue is connected to one beneath it through slips of tissue often referred to as, “skin ligaments.” Because of this, if you create a lifting effect with tape on the skin, this effect transfers to deeper layers, effectively decompressing the tissues beneath where the tape is applied. read more…

Top Yoga Injuries and How They Can Be Treated or Avoided with RockTape

Top Yoga Injuries and How They Can Be Treated or Avoided with RockTape

Yoga is wildly popular all over the world, especially in the United States. Yoga Journal’s 2012 study showed that 20.4 million Americans practiced yoga, spending $10.3 billion per year on classes, equipment, clothing, yoga vacations and media. This study also found that 82% of American yoga practitioners were female, 63% fell within the age range of 18-44, 45% of survey responders considered themselves to be beginners and 78% were looking for greater flexibility.[i] Like any sport or physical activity, however, people can get injured practicing yoga, too. read more…

RockTape Rated #1 Kinesiology Tape

RockTape made the top kinesiology tape on Ezvid Wiki!

“Compiled with twenty-four hours of research, this video wiki guide, newly published in our health category, is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of kinesiology tape options available to consumers in the United States.”

See the video here.

 

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