Insights into human
movement and performance.
Commentary, guides and news from movement experts.
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! read more…
Jeff Shady is an Obstacle Course Racing Physical Therapist based out of Monterey Bay in California. When he’s not caring for patients or taping up fellow athletes, he’s training for his next big race.
Why did you get into physical therapy?
I grew up with a soccer ball at my feet and a basketball in my hand. Growing up as a multi-sport athlete in a big family, I had my fair share of injuries and physical therapy. I greatly respected and appreciated the work of my physical therapists and I have always looked up to them as I wouldn’t have had the ability to perform at the level I was able to without them. I have always had a passion for promoting an active lifestyle as well as helping people, so it was a natural fit for me to become a physical therapist. My daily goal is to help each person I work with to be the most capable version of themselves’ and to play a role in helping them achieve their goals. read more…
Why did you get into massage therapy?
After a disabling car accident where I was told I’d never be able to be physically active again I learned about massage therapy. I met a chiropractor 4 months after the accident who helped me but said massage therapy was needed to help with the soft tissue damage and after 4 months of my chiropractor begging me to give it a try because at the time I was in too much pain and didn’t understand how massage could even be therapeutic. After my first massage I was hooked and after I bounced back the car accident I enrolled in a massage program. read more…
You’re well known in OCR circles. What made you drawn to the sport?
I loved how no two courses were exactly the same. I’d never really gotten into road races because it seemed to be the same thing over and over again. When I saw how every course was different in OCR – different obstacles, different terrains, I was immediately interested. It was such a cool mix of speed, strength and endurance, so it was a challenge to train for. read more…
Steph “the Hammer” Hammerman recently visited us up at RockTape HQ, so naturally we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to watch her train with Neal Maddox and Chris Hinshaw at CrossFit X-treme Athletics.
Stephanie Martinez was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes in February 2014 while she was pregnant with her daughter. During her pregnancy, her condition developed into Type I Diabetes.
Over the past several months, Stephanie’s blood glucose levels escalated to the point where her Endocrinologist recommended a Continuous Glucose Monitor. She tried it for seven days using RockTape H2O tape to secure it on her stomach.
“It was the first time I had been introduced to RockTape. I loved that I was able to shower and exercise without worrying it was going to come off.” read more…
Why did you get into chiropractic?
When I was 20 years old, I was in a traumatic snowboarding accident that left me with a fully compressed thoracic vertebra and fractured cervical vertebra–the damage to my spine rendered me functionally paralyzed. I was fortunate to be snowboarding with my best friend and his uncle, who happened to be a chiropractor. After my visit to the ER, my friend’s uncle, Dr. Dan, offered me free chiropractic care while I was home for spring break. The ER prognosis was months before I would be able to walk at full capacity again. After my first treatment with Dr. Dan I was able to stand on my own; by the end of the week I was walking with little difficulty. I changed my major the day I got back to school. read more…
How did you get into CrossFit? What’s your athletic background?
In 2007 a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go to a CrossFit class with her. I thought she was mistaken and didn’t know what cross-training was. I figured she just had her words mixed up. But the next morning she took me to San Francisco CrossFit and I took my first CrossFit class. It was epic. Prior to that I played college soccer at UC Berkeley. read more…
Why did you get into physical therapy? read more…
My first exposure to RockTape was in December 2011.
Latest from the Blog
- Rock Out with Britney in Las Vegas with RockTape! April 28, 2016
- Meet RockTape’s Awesome Obstacle Course Racing PT, Jeff Shady April 27, 2016
- Meet a RockTape Massage Therapist: Stephen Redmon LMT SC April 13, 2016
- Meet RockTape OCR Athlete & Ultra Runner: Amelia Boone April 6, 2016
- A Day in a Box with Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman March 31, 2016
We’re everywhere on social.
Make sure to follow RockTape across the web. We’re always posting, sharing and answering questions!