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Meet Team RockTape: The Strongest Woman on Oxygen Therapy, Karen Skalvoll

Meet Team RockTape: The Strongest Woman on Oxygen Therapy, Karen Skalvoll

What is your favorite way to be active (what types of sports have you participated in)? When/how did you get into lifting? When did you start competing?

As a child I was into swimming, equestrian dressage/riding and judo. Later in life I started running, light lifting and climbing. After I became ill in 2009 I slowly but surely got back into sports – first powerlifting, then I added cycling and later OCR and strongman. As an adult, I compete in powerlifting, strongman and running.

You are an adaptive athlete. When did you realize this challenge (before or after your career in lifting)? What do most people not realize about training with your disability? 

I have always had a difficult time getting the same results as everyone else. Training as a swimmer has always been the hardest for me; breathing is hard enough for a swimmer, but it became more difficult as I would fight infection after infection. While training for the NY Marathon in 2009, my lungs failed me and as a result I spent over two years fighting for my life. I was more in hospitals than at home during those years. I spent over two months in rehabilitation to regain enough strength to return to my daily life.

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RockTape Introduces Blister Prevention & Protection

RockTape Introduces Blister Prevention & Protection

Campbell, Calif.  – February 15, 2018 – RockTape, the leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to introduce the RockTape Blister Kit. Produced with the stickiest kinesiology tape in the world, each kit contains 14 pre-cut strips, in three different sizes – designed to prevent hotspots from turning into blisters, protect blisters from further irritation, and stop chafing.* read more…

Meet Sierra Quitiquit: Mover, Lover. Skiing & Surfing Extraordinaire

With so many inspirational athletes vying for the gold at the Winter Games right now, it’s easy to get inspired. However, we don’t hear enough about the athletes who couldn’t make it due to injury, or about the weekend warriors who left their dreams of becoming an Olympian behind. At RockTape, we’ve heard it all. We’ve heard from the people who’ve been injured – from car accidents, to horseback riding, and the gym. Pro athletes to soccer moms. A lot of times it can be quite overwhelming to hear these stories. Debilitating pain. Terrible diagnoses. “You’ll never run/bike/swim/lift again,” they’ve heard. Hell, we’ve heard it. Everyone has a story. A life-changing cycling fall. A blown-out back. Sprains. Meet Sierra Quitiquit. Here is her story.

 

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Common Water Polo Injuries & How to Treat Them with RockTape

Common Water Polo Injuries & How to Treat Them with RockTape

Water polo originated in the mid-1800’s as an aquatic version of rugby. Let that sink in for a second… They took one of the roughest sports in existence, then added water to it! The sport itself features intervals of intense bursts of activity about 15 seconds long followed by slightly lower intensity intervals of 20 seconds. Lacerations, contusions, scrapes, dislocations, fractures and concussions are relatively common in water polo, not to mention the numerous overuse-type injuries that result from training and the intensity of the swimming and throwing involved in the sport. read more…

Dear RockTape, THANK YOU for managing my chronic back pain.

Dear RockTape, THANK YOU for managing my chronic back pain.

I just want to say that I am SOOO glad I discovered RockTape. I am 23 years-old and I suffer from a small central disc protrusion with associated annular tear and central canal and neural foramina on my L5-S1… paired with some mild scoliosis…crazy right? I have been dealing with this issue since was about 14. I have been through a lot of trial and error trying to relieve the pain. From physical therapy twice, acupuncture and cortisone shots… Physical therapy didn’t work for me and acupuncture worked but it wouldn’t last long enough and getting an appointment on a military base (shout to our veterans and military spouses!) is about near impossible. Last year my back pain became SO severe that I couldn’t do any leg related workouts because It would feel like my back was being physically crushed; it really took a toll on my mental state and physical state. Then the best thing ever happened…. I stumbled upon RockTape. As an individual who has been through some serious pain and suffering – to the point of not being able to walk for days at a time, I’m always down to try things that might take even 20% of my pain away. So I bought some.

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RockTape Introduces Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Patches: Stronger Alternatives for Active Medical Sensor Users

RockTape Introduces Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Patches: Stronger Alternatives for Active Medical Sensor Users

Campbell, CA  – January 11, 2018 – RockTape, the leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to introduce a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) patch designed to move with the human body. Perfect for active individuals and children, these new patches are made from the same strong, flexible and hypoallergenic fabrics and adhesives as RockTape kinesiology tape. The new RockTape CGM patches are offered in three different styles and come with 15 pre-cut patches per pack, each specially fitted for Dexcom G4 and G5 sensors. read more…

Topical Pain Relievers

Topical Pain Relievers

Topical pain relievers are extremely popular for patients/clients and are a natural adjunct for any practice that deals with musculoskeletal problems. In 2016, external analgesics had sales of $734 million.[i] Patients love topicals because they are effective, easy to use, convenient, safe and affordable.[ii] Patients likely have better adherence when it comes to using topicals than medications, too.[iii] Topicals enhance the pain relieving activity of the care you provide in-office and give patients improved results between visits. Pain patients need to feel better, for longer, and topicals like RockTape’s RockSauce and RockSauce Chill help achieve this.

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