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Monthly Archives: February 2010

  1. Shannon Freeman's KT Tape Success

    We love to hear KT Tape success stories! Shannon Freeman, a marathoner we met at the Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida tells us that KT Tape changed her whole marathon experience.

    With a training schedule hindered by knee pain, Shannon was nervous about her first marathon. She tells us that KT Tape was able to turn a potentially miserable first marathon into a wonderful experience.

    Since she was new to marathon running and had an injury, Shannon says she was a unprepared for the race. KT Tape enabled her to run full distance- pain-free; helping compensate for her poor race preparation. Shannon is so excited at the results that she’s already signed up for more races!

    “I ran my first Marathon, the 2010 Disney! Never got further than 13 miles during training without knee pain, used a sample of KT Tape from my goodie bag for the Disney Marathon. Ran 26.2 miles with NO pain. Thank You. Because of KT Tape I am registered to run 2 1/2 marathons in the next 2 months”-- Shannon Freeman

    KT Tape has been able to help thousands of people just like Shannon. Injuries can slow any training schedule and discourage folks from signing up for future races or even completing their programs.

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  2. Rebecca Rusch-RATS Tour Kickoff

    We are once again in awe of KT Tape-sponsored athlete Rebecca Rusch, the reigning three-time 24hr Solo World Mountain Bike Champ.  Today she is kicking off a Mountain Town Movie Tour of the inspirational documentary Race Across The Sky, a film about the Leadville 100 Trail race.  She's featured in the film alongside Lance Armstrong.  The tour's opening stop is in Rebecca's hometown of Sun Valley, followed by stops in Montana, Utah and Colorado.  Read to the end of this post to see the complete schedule and film trailer link.

    And that's not all!  Rebecca spent the last four weeks in South America at a crazy-tough training and race camp. Here's a quick run-down of what Reba's been up to lately -

    I finally returned home after a month at racing camp in the lakes district of Argentina and Chile. It was my first chance to take a winter cycling trip to this part of the world. It's been great to ride and connect with the fantastic cycling community down here. I competed in the Trans Andes Challenge with Jenny Smith, a racer from New Zealand. The race was six days and we won the women's division. Check out our daily race reports here:

    I had a 10-day break before my next race, so I had a chance to check out the local trails and meet some new friends. Next, was the Trans Andesed la Patagonia - a three-day stage race in the San Martin de los Andes area. I raced with  Heidi Volpe, a fellow racer and journalist, we placed 1st in the women's open and 23rd overall. You can check out results from the tour here:

    I had such a great time at camp/vacation, met some fun people and really had a chance to push myself. As usual, I used KT Tape to ease my aches and pains after days (and weeks!) on the trail. I also had a chance to tape up some fellow athletes at the races, particularly two-time Olympian Mary McConneloug, who sprained her ankle half-way through the Trans Andes. With the help of KT Tape, she went on to win the mixed division with her husband! The tape really has become part of my regular race kit and people are asking me about it a lot.  My EMT training is helpful and I'm coming across as an expert with the tape, but it's really the cheat sheet that makes me seem educated!

    So now that I'm back in the states, I'm busy working on my next project, the Mountain Town Movie Tour for the film Race Across the Sky. It's the first mountain bike film I've ever been in and also the first film tour I have ever organized.  I'll be hitting five Rocky Mountain towns and hosting a party, film and raffle in each town.  The best part is that the whole tour is a fundraiser for International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), so I'll be helping support trail advocacy in the areas where I bring the film.
    For a movie trailer on these events, click here:

    Kids 12 & under……………….$5

    SUN VALLEY, IDAHO Thursday, February 25, 2010
    Sun Valley Opera House
    1 Sun Valley Road
    Sun Valley ID 83353

    Elephant’s Perch
    280 East Avenue
    Ketchum, ID 83340
    MISSOULA, MONTANA Thursday, March 11, 2010
    The Roxy
    718 S.Higgins Ave
    Missoula,MT 59801

    Big Sky Bikes
    809 East Front Street
    Missoula, MT. 59802-4704
    pre-party 5:30-7pm
    CARBONDALE, COLORADO Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    Roaring Fork High School
    2270 Highway 133
    Carbondale,CO 81623

    Ajax Bike & Sports
    571 Highway 133
    Carbondale, CO 81623
    PARK CITY, UTAH Thursday, March 18, 2010
    Jim Santy Auditorium
    1255 Park Ave
    Park City, UT 84060

    White Pine Touring
    1790 Bonanza Drive
    Park City, UT 84060
    pre-party 5:30-7pm
    JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING Thursday March 25, 2010
    The Pink Garter
    50W.Broadway, Jackson WY 83001

    Hoback Sports
    520 West Broadway #3
    Jackson, WY 83001

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  3. New to Running? Check this.

    The KT Tape team has been at every major marathon this past year taping up thousands of runners. All of these amazing athletes stared somewhere. Jeff Galloway with wrote an easy 10-step guide to get started running if you haven't before.  Jeff describes that beginning runners don't need to agonize over those first few runs. He discusses the build-up process and walk-to-run ratio to complement the training schedule and what your body is telling you. No need to be in total pain and no puking!

    Below are some of his tips on how to get started and stay motivated. Have fun!

    1. Begin training by walking, building up to a gentle jog for 30 minutes. This can be done every day or every other day.

    2. Then begin inserting segments of running of 5-10 seconds, every 1-2 minutes every other day. If you exercise every day,  walk on the day between runs, otherwise use it as a rest day. If you are feeling good after a few sessions of this, increase running segments by five seconds each week.

    Then when you're able to comfortably run for 30 seconds and walk for 60 seconds, gradually decrease the walking amount.

    3. It is important to be consistent with your run-walk.

    4. If you experience pain, inflammation or loss of function in the feet or legs, stop the run immediately. With the right (conservative) amount of walking, you can reduce injury risk down to zero.

    5. To prepare for a 5K (3.1 miles), increase the distance of one of your run-walks each week by 5-10 minutes per week. Keep the ratio of running to walking (run 10 seconds/walk 50 seconds). When you have covered four miles on your long one, you are ready for a 5K.

    6. To prepare for a 10K, increase the distance of the long run every other week by 10 minutes. On the shorter long run weekend, you can cover half of the distance of your current long run. When you have covered seven miles on the long run, you are ready for a 10K.

    7. Don’t drink or eat very much before a run. Eating 100-200 calories of simple carbohydrate after a strenuous run will speed up the reloading of muscle fuel for your next run.

    8. Run and walk slowly enough that you can carry on a conversation--even at the end. If you’re huffing and puffing, you went too fast.

    9. Slow down and walk more when it’s hot. If you have increased the short runs to 30 sec run/30 sec walk, on a hot day you should run 15 sec/walk 30 seconds. The best time to run/walk on hot days is before the sun gets above the horizon.

    10. Find ways to enjoy every run. I hear from dozens of former couch potatoes each week who tell me that running has improved the way they feel and live for the better: body, mind and spirit.

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  4. Meet Bryce! Torch Bearer, KT Tape User

    Courtesy of Bryce McCormickWith the most amazing world-wide sporting event now in it's second week, we at KT Tape have Olympic Fever.  And we're excited to introduce you to another Olympics fan and KT Tape user who had the experience of running the Olympic torch.  Bryce McCormick, a native from Calgary, Alberta, was an honored torch bearer for the Vancouver march to the Olympics 2010. As a relay participant, Bryce has tons of insight and memories from this great experience.  Bryce suffers from shoulder and back pain and was worried about carrying the torch. He is a KT Tape believer and thought the relay was a huge success!

    Bryce, an accountant, applied through Coca Cola and was surprised to hear the good news in October that he would be an official torchbearer.  One of Bryce's fondest memories of the relay was, " the crowds cheering me on and the people who wanted their picture with me and my torch. Everyone was so enthusiastic.  I loved the relay itself, knowing I was one of 12,000 people who had the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch."

    Bryce's route was about 300 meters long and was in the small city outside of Calgary called Airdrie. Bryce's overall impression of the relay was "awesome, amazing and a  great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

    Bryce chose to keep his torch as a remembrance of this occasion. After the run, varnish was applied to tip of torch to preserve the soot forever. He has been taking the torch to work, sharing with friends, sharing stories and taking pictures with the torch.  As far as the rest of the Olympics are concerned, Bryce is particularly interested in watching hockey, skiing, bobsled and curling. The U.S. and Canadian hockey teams have a great rivalry going and will be exciting to watch.

    Congratulations, Bryce, and well done!

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  5. Immune Boosters

    Keeping sickness at bay is a big concern this time of year. KT Tape athletes and clinicians have been doing our part to not get sick and not spread any germs. Taking care of your immune system is important because a healthy immune system is vital for fighting disease, bacteria, viruses and other illnesses.  Thanks to a great article from Fitness Health Zone we have compiled some suggestions to staying healthy this winter.

    1. Increase your intake of protein: Protein is considered as most important building blocks for healthy body and mind. These proteins are also helpful to boost your immune system.
    2. Avoid caffeine: Chocolate and coffee are two worst things that mainly interferes the functioning of your body immune system and are also capable of showing adverse affects on your health too. Caffeine mainly robs away your body’s minerals and vitamins and leads to dehydration. So, in order to boost up your immune system, try to stay away from coffee and chocolate. If you take one cup of coffee, then add two more additional glasses of water to your regular intake of water.
    3. Drink lots of water: Most of the head aches and dehydration problems are mainly due to reduced intake of water. Therefore, boost up your immune system by drinking plenty of water.
    4. Drink lemon: Lemon is an ideal source for restoring acid-alkali balance in your body. Try to squeeze out juice from lemon and add sufficient amounts of water to it. Drink this solution of lemon juice which helps your body to maintain internal climate at a particular PH level, which will help healthy bacteria to survive and destroys other harmful viruses.
    5. Get sufficient night sleep: The nature of your body and also immune system always differs from others. Your body may require 6 to 10 hours of minimum sleep while others may require a minimum of eight hours of sleep. So try to consult your personal health care provider and take necessary suggestions.
    6. Regular exercises: Practicing regular body workouts not only improve your blood circulation, but also help to boost your immune system.
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  6. Get Your Sleep

    Sleep in any athlete's schedule should be a priority that's right up there with eating right, buying the correct shoes, and keeping a roll of KT Tape in your gym bag.  But how much sleep do we need and why is it so important? According to Sports Training Blog post, focusing on Sleep and Athletic Performance, sleep is sometimes the first thing to go while trying to balance training, work, school and life.

    Sleep can impact performance in three main ways:

    1. Lost sleep reduces the performance of the cerebral cortex in the frontal lobe of the brain which is responsible for the most important mental functions in sport- focus, concentration, flexibility, decision making and information processing.

    2. The very deep or Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep helps consolidate activities, tasks and skills undertaken that day. It is indispensable for helping motor learning and skill acquisition.

    3. Sleep is a significant stimulator of growth hormone release - the body’s natural agent for cell growth and reproduction. In addition to acting to increase muscle mass, growth hormone also stimulates the immune system. Sleep deprivation raises levels of the stress hormone Cortisol which may interfere with tissue repair and growth.

    Besides all the technical and scientific reasons why sleep is important to everyone, sleep  is important for better performance, mood, alertness and overall good health.  Outlined are seven ways to improve your sleep habits.

    1. Have a regular wake up time and go to bed time each day. The body loves consistency and your internal body clock will be set around this regular patterning. It’s best to follow this pattern through weekends too, so as to reduce disruption to your body clock.

    2. Avoid coffee, alcohol and other stimulants prior to heading to bed. Aim to reduce stimulant intake after 4-6 pm.

    3. Try to avoid high intensity exercise and large meals after 7:30pm (assuming bed time of 10pm).

    4. Create quiet time before bed. The aim is to reduce stressors and stimulators to allow the mind time to wind down. Just as we do with small children, you might like to create a bed time ritual to allow sleep fullness to grow. Also, limit exposure to loud music, bright lights, computers and work related stress just before bed.

    5. Your sleep environment is important so aim for a quiet dark bedroom with a cool temperature. Get the best quality linen, mattress and pillow possible. Consider taking your own linen and pillow when traveling

    6. Some say that if you are not asleep in 30 minutes then get out of bed, read or undertake another quiet activity and return to bed when drowsy. Try it and see if it works; otherwise, just lay there quietly and rest - you can’t force sleep but if you’re relaxed and peaceful you’ll rest nicely and likely go to sleep.

    7. Do not nap within 1-3 hours of bed time. If you do nap in the day then aim for 20-40 minutes around lunch time.

    The KT Tape team knows that consistent good night rests are important to maintain overall health and happiness in any training schedule. Time for some ZZZ's.

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  7. KT Tape Supports Olympic Relay

    The Olympic Torch Relay is one of the longest running and most symbolic of Olympic traditions. And this year, for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, KT Tape had the opportunity to sponsor several Olympic Torchbearers, helping to make their once-in-a-lifetime moment pain-free.

    Meet Crystal Hardy. She’s a sophomore a Georgia Southern University and one of only 20 Americans selected to participate in the torch relay. On Jan. 18, Crystal had the great honor of carrying the Olympic Torch just under one mile through the streets of Calgary on its route to Vancouver.
    “The flame brings such joy and unity to everyone,” Crystal said. “That was the most memorable part.”
    Crystal, originally from Dublin, GA, was chosen for the relay by relay sponsor Coca-Cola, for her community volunteerism. A double-major in American Sign Language and Mathematics, Crystal focuses her community involvement on environmental projects. She organized more than 150 volunteers to tear down an old playground and re-build a new one at a Laurens County shelter for abused women and their children. In addition to re-building the playground equipment, Hardy’s group water-stained the wooden fences, built a rain shelter, and put together several sitting benches. At Georgia Southern, Crystal has volunteered for the massive campus re-lamping project where traditional incandescent bulbs are being switched to energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly CFL’s.  Hardy also volunteers during Georgia Southern home football games to collect items for recycling that might normally be thrown away after tailgating.
    So, last May when Crystal saw that Coca-Cola was searching for students in the U.S. who exemplify positive living, she jumped at the opportunity, asking her former Girl Scout leader to write a letter of recommendation. One month later, Crystal learned she had been chosen to carry the torch.
    “I was ecstatic and honored to be a part of such an esteemed historic event, and even more humbled to be around such an inspiring group of accomplished people during my time in Canada,” Crystal said.
    To prepare for the relay, Crystal began a fitness regimen of running every other day and lifting weights.
    “Even though the torch only weighs 3.5 pounds, I still had to make sure I was ready,” Crystal said. “I recently started using KT Tape on my quads because I strained the muscle, and it helped soothe the pain from the strain! I'm very excited that because having a muscle soother like this definitely encourages me to continue running and working out through my hectic class schedule.”
    Crystal arrived in Calgary the day before her relay, just in time to meet other torchbearers and their families. “Not only did I get a chance to know the other torchbearers and their families better, but I learned a lot more about Coca-Cola initiatives to live positively as well,” Crystal added.
    Before the relay, Crystal said she was nervous, “but as soon as I saw the crowd of people and was engulfed by the spirit of unity, my nervousness was replaced by excitement and honor.”
    “Before the flame got to me, an officer escorted me in to the middle of the road and gave me some quick tips. Don’t let the flame get too low. Run in the middle of road. And look at the camera,” Crystal recalled.

    Congratulations Crystal! Thanks for sharing your story, and we're so glad KT Tape was a part of this experience.
    To read more about Crystal, check out this interview from Essence Magazine.
    To read more about the Olympic Relay, click here.

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  8. Ankle Strain for Olympian

    Olympic medalist Bode Miller is set to compete in all five Alpine events this year including the super-combined, super-G, giant slalom, downhill and slalom.
    This jam-packed schedule is somewhat of a surprise considering that Bode skipped summer training while he considered retirement. On top of that, Bode managed to injure his ankle while playing volleyball with his U.S. Ski teammates in December.
    While it looks like Bode has recovered enough to continue with his busy Olympic agenda, we here at KT Tape hope he’s taking good care of that ankle sprain.
    Here’s some info from the KT Tape website on ankle sprains:

    • Ankle sprain is an injury of ligaments, usually on the outside of the ankle. Severity is evaluated if the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as by the number of ligaments affected.
    • Ankle sprains occur when the foot twists or rolls beyond its normal range of motion. You can sprain your ankle if the foot is planted unevenly on a surface, beyond the normal force of stepping. This causes the ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range in an abnormal position. Sprains are rated into 3 levels by the severity of sprain: Grade I is a strain or stretch of the ligaments; Grade II is a tear of the ligaments; Grade III is a complete tear of a ligament.

    KT Tape is used as a flexible support to the ankle. It does not immobilize the joint but provides support and pain relief for grade I sprains. Unlike traditional ankle braces, KT Tape provides a light support that is very comfortable and allows you to have a greater range of motion. KT Tape can be used as part of the recovery process for more serious sprains, but only after the ankle has recovered enough that it can have some movement without aggravating the sprain.

    Click here to view the instructional video on how to tape for ankle sprains.

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  9. Major or Minor Muscles?

    When beginning a strength training plan-most athletes focus on the major muscle groups; i.e. the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, pectoralis major, quadriceps, and latissimus dorsi. According to Dr. Yessis Sports Training Blog-it is equally important not to forget the small, forgettable minor muscles. Dr. Yessis describes that it is easier than you think to develop those minor muscles by incorporating exercises into the gym or even leisurely at home without taking up extra time.

    The development of some of the smaller muscles can also help prevent injury. For example, many shoulder problems are due to weak rotator cuff muscles. Such muscles are not developed in typical bodybuilding or conditioning exercises. Shoulder muscles must also be very strong for tennis, swimming, volleyball and golf.  Yessis says, "Unfortunately, the rotator cuff muscles are relatively small and situated deep inside the shoulder making it difficult to observe their development."

    Wrist ailments and carpal tunnel are often caused by weak forearm and finger muscles. Yessis says, "Carpal tunnel syndrome is an increasingly common injury in continuous weight training, in some forms of aerobic training and in repetitive motion jobs. This appears to be the disease of the new century. It is hitting not only athletes, but word processors, dental hygienists, assembly line workers, grocery store checkers, butchers, carpenters and people in many other occupations."

    Incorporating exercises into daily routine or training plan is important for everyone and of course to, as Yessis says, "Keep in mind that most injuries occur to the weakest muscles, usually the small and relatively insignificant ones.   All involved muscles are important and can be developed in different exercises." To find exercises specific for developing the minor muscles in your body check out the rest of Dr. Yessis's blog article.

    We here at KT Tape appreciate the kinesiology of the human body and how all the small parts are connected together to produce the complex matrix of muscles, tendons and joints giving us the remarkable ability to be active. So, join us in remembering the minor muscles as they support and carry the major muscles through to the end of the next race, event or competition.

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  10. Cures Rock-500 miles!

    KT_tapeKT Tape and Mike Sheehy with the Cures Rock Foundation can go the distance! The Cures Rock Foundation found a way to give back  and raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Cures Rock is a grassroots organization dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancer patients. Ultra-marathoner and KT Tape fan Mike Sheehy ran 500 miles in 17 days across two states.  This Ultra Run tour began in San Diego and finished up in Phoenix with Mike completing the Rock & Roll Arizona 50K Ultra Marathon to finish. Mike ran up to 30+ miles per day to complete the Cures Rock ultra run goal.

    Mike used KT Tape every step of the way. He  calls KT Tape a "lifesaver." On day three of the 17 day trek, Mike developed severe Achilles tendinitis in his left leg. He says, "The roads and highways I was running on had virtually no shoulder, uneven and were rough, so when running against traffic my left leg quickly became injured. Getting injured on day three was almost a deal-breaker. If I hadn't had KT Tape there is no way I would have finished. After using KT Tape just one night I began to feel the benefits. The whole operation became dependent on this little piece of black tape."

    The whole team actually became big believers. KT Tape is honored to have such a dedicated group of cancer-fighting ultra runners utilizing KT Tape's amazing benefits for pain management, tendon support and muscle recovery.

    The journey from San Diego was shared with countless families and supporters along the way who have all been impacted by blood cancers. Also, during the run Mike and the Cures Rock support team made time to visit cancer patients, families, hospitals and doctors.  Mike and the team obviously faced some hard times along the road. To stay motivated, Mike and the team use the 5/10 rule as their battle cry. Every five minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone loses their fight. According to Mike, "We used up three pairs of shoes, one roll of KT Tape, countless Band-Aids and even a little duct tape. There were close calls and near misses, and days it felt like we were alone on the highway. It was hot and cold. There were coyotes and cows."

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