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Monthly Archives: April 2010

  1. KT Tape Heads to the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon Festival

    WilflowerWe're heading to the Avia Wildflower Triathlon Festival at Lake San Antonio this weekend! The KT Tape Team along with local clinicians will be at the Go For It! Sports booth at the Health and Fitness Expo to offer free taping demonstrations and advice to athletes.  The Avia Wildflower Triathlon Sports Expo will be held Friday, April 30 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 1 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because KT Tape is waterproof and can be worn for up to five days per application, Wildflower Triathlon participants who stop by the KT Tape Booth can get taped up for race day at the expo! KT Tape is used by athletes to treat common sports injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints, IT Band pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and quad or hamstring strain.

    See you there!


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  2. KT Tape heads to Pittsburgh

    Boston MarathonThe KT Tape Team is heading to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon this weekend! The team will be hanging out at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo offering Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape (KT Tape) demonstrations and samples. For years, elite marathon runners have used kinesiology therapeutic tape for injury treatment, pain relief and performance, and now all runners can have access to that same level of support.

    The Pittsburgh Marathon Health and Fitness Expo will be held Friday April 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the David Lawrence Convention Center at 100 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Because KT Tape can be worn for up to five days per application, Pittsburgh Marathon runners who stop by the KT Tape Booth can get taped up for race day at the expo!

    KT Tape is used by athletes to treat common sports injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints, IT Band pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and quad or hamstring strain.  It is the only solution that will provide pain relief and support before, during, and after the race—without restricting motion.  At the Expo, the KT Tape team will be available to answer questions, demo product taping methods, and introduce Pittsburgh to this revolution in pain relief and performance enhancement.

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  3. KT Tape Featured in the Wall Street Journal

    WSJ lOGOIt sure looks like the folks at the Wall Street Journal are digging KT Tape. In today's (4/27/10) issue of the financial newspaper, reporter Laura Johannes featured KT Tape in an article exploring Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape and the practice of taping. Check out an excerpt below. In addition, an instructional video featuring KT Tape clinician Holly Moriarty was posted on the Wall Street Journal website. Click here to view the video.

    From Laura Johannes' Wall Street Journal article, "Putting on the Stripes to Ease Pain" --

    Tape can be applied along the length of a tired muscle for support. "It allows the muscles to go on vacation for a day or two so they come back healed," says Gainesville, Va., chiropractor Holly Moriarty. Lumos Inc. offers a perforated and precut version to make it easier to use.

    While Holly Moriarty makes it look easy, one of the benefits of KT Tape is that you can learn to use it yourself.  You can buy it at virtually every major sporting goods store, sixteen online retailers, and at about two-thousand local retailers across the country.  There are taping instructions inside every package, and you can learn how to tape for specific injuries and preventions by watching the how-to videos on our website.

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  4. Remember to Tape Up Before Hot Yoga

    Yoga has been gaining momentum for quite awhile and there are many different disciplines within the practice. As of late, a particular style has gained popularity within the discipline: Hot Yoga.  This style of yoga, also known as Bikram Yoga, entails a number of poses called asanas inside an environment where the heat ranges from 98 to 105 degrees F.  By performing these postures in a heated setting, the muscles warm up quickly and thus stretch more easily.  When you decide to enter this arena, you will soon realize your sweating potential.

    Many benefits are associated with practice of Hot Yoga.  According to Tanya Martinenko of, "Yoga works on many different levels, both physical and psychological; and the deeper, lasting benefits are more noticeable over time and a regular practice. But even just one hot yoga session will leave you feeling relaxed, energized, and renewed; and will fill you with a wonderful sense of accomplishment." Other benefits include weight loss, appetite control, the curbing of anxiety and depression, and core strength improvement.

    With a huge amount of fluid loss inherent in this style of Yoga, one should make sure to show up to each session well hydrated and continue to hydrate throughout the day.

    And since you're likely a KT Tape user, we encourage you to remember to tape up before the class, since it will be harder to tape up when you are extremely sweaty.  Tape up sixty minutes prior to class starting, and you're good to go. If done properly, the tape won't come off in hot yoga, no matter how hard you sweatClick here to see the IMPORTANT TIPS listed on our website. KT Tape remains in place whether you are bathing in your own perspiration, swimming, or showering.   KT Tape does not restrict motion like other wraps, tapes or bands.  In the world of yoga, you cannot afford to have any motion restricted. This elastic athletic tape will reduce the muscle pain you will certainly experience  during the early stages of your hot yoga journey.  So turn up the heat, shed the clothes and drink copious amounts of water. Twist yourself into health and bring KT Tape along the way.

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  5. Why You Should Go Bananas

    The benefits of this yellow peeled fruit seem to be endless.  This fruit is not a secret to world class athletes like Kerri Walsh.  She commonly eats bananas before volleyball competitions.  So why does she do this and why should you consume this fruit before and especially after being active?  The following is a short excerpt from Tyler Stoke's  Ezine article on Banana Nutrition.

    Many athletes eat bananas before they compete. It helps them keep a high level of energy throughout their workout or competitive event. If you watch tennis, you'll notice a lot of players snack on bananas between games. All the top tennis players, Federer, Nadal, they've all eaten bananas between their games. You probably know how important it is to have a high energy level when working out. Nothing is worse then being tired at the gym. You feel weak and get depressed because suddenly you only have half the strength you had last time. Well taking advantage of the excellent banana nutrition can help you have a high energy workout every time.

    Experts also claim that eating bananas after workouts helps prevent lactic acid buildup in muscles.  Fatigued, overused muscles contain by-products of exercise (like lactic acid) that limit the ability to continue exercising. When KT Tape is applied over these areas, enhanced removal of these by-products allows for more rapid recovery. This could translate into improved performance in an endurance event or more complete recovery between repetitive, high intensity events.  Logical conclusion:  Bananas and KT Tape work well together.

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  6. No Bull--Cowboys, Listen Up!

    It's the bulls and the blood, the dust and the mud.  It's the roar of the Sunday Crowd--from Garth Brooks' song, Rodeo.  Arguably the most popular event at any rodeo is the bull riding competition.  Over the last ten years, this sport of bull riding has evolved into its entirely own event with organizations like the Professional Bull Riders Association coming into being in 1992.  Venues have expanded from local county fairs to New York City and New Orleans, ergo:  Bull Riding is big, followers increase every year, and the purses continue to swell exponentially.

    One thing about bull riding that hasn't changed is the beating the riders take and the brevity of the career.  What do you expect when you strap a human being onto a 1,700 pound piece of ornery muscle?  Muscles and tendons are going to rip, shoulders are going to dislocate, and pride is going to be bruised.  A recent article in National Geographic News highlights the ruggedness of the sport.

    Part of the thrill comes from watching professional bull riders match their riding skills, intuition, and courage against animals 15 times their weight.  Not surprisingly, riders suffer injuries every year. Riders often compete again long before they are fully healed.  "Occasionally I do my best at begging them to not compete," said Dale Butterwick, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre in Alberta, Canada, and president of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Spors Medicine Team. "But the cowboy culture is certainly to ignore things."

    With all the bumps and bruises, tears and pulls  in the sport of bull riding, there is certainly a need for plenty of ice, aspirin, and x-rays.  Experts claim that KT Tape could also alleviate pain and speed the healing process.  If a professional bull rider were to go down with a separated shoulder, kinesiology therapeutic tape could be applied to the area as it is highly effective at providing pain relief, stability & support, & faster recovery for injured or sore muscles and joints-without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement.  Taping up can now help in cowboying up!

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  7. The Rowing Motion

    If you have ever watched a crew team glide through the water, you have seen the importance of teamwork in achieving a goal.  Many people who have never placed an oar or paddle in the water may blow off the strength and endurance required in this sport.  In taking a closer look at crew, you will find that beyond strength and endurance, a great deal of maintained flexibility is required as well.  The muscles of the upper back, arms, chest and core are used  by all teammates to move toward the finish line.  According to Brad Walker, a leading stretching and sports injury consultant of the Training Institute, "Rowers, whether competitive or just recreational, repeat the rowing motion over and over again. This repetitive motion can lead to overuse injuries. Incorrect form can also lead to chronic injuries.  Some of the more common injuries that affect the rower are wrist and shoulder tendinitis, knee bursitis, patellar tendinitis, and lower back pain."

    When injuries like those mentioned above occur, experts recommend a variety of treatments and rehabilitative strategies.  When the word "tendinitis" is part of the diagnosed injury, the benefits of KT Tape should come to mind.  Kinesiology therapeutic tape provides pain relief for common injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis,  ITBS, hamstring strains, sore calves, neck, back, and shoulder pain and more.  This product is also useful in supporting sore or injured muscles, joints, and tendons without restricting motion like compression bands or wraps.  Sounds like a great fit for the sport of crew, yes?  At the same time, crew involves the probability that one will get wet at some point.  KT Tape can be worn in a pool or the shower without moving or peeling- and that goes for in the lake or river as well!

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  8. Kerri Loves The New Colors

    assortmentRedGreen4At the Boston Marathon, the biggest running event of the year, we unveiled the new KT Tape colors, "Monstah Green" and "Sox Red."

    The KT Tape Team was at the KT Tape booth at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo to offer free taping demonstrations and advice to athletes.  Folks were pretty excited to see that in addition to blue, pink, black and beige, KT Tape has added green and red tape to its line-up.

    The new colors are now also on display at national Sports Authority stores with a brand new free-standing display that holds nearly 100 rolls of KT Tape.  The in-store “aid station,” has step-by-step instructions displayed for easy reading to help customers and store associates identify how to tape for common injuries.

    We're getting great feedback on the new colors, not only from marathon runners and Sports Authority shoppers, but also from our professional athletes.  Here's what KT Tape Golden Girl Kerri Walsh had to say about the new colors.

    "I think the colors look great!  The more colors and the brighter the color the better as far as I'm concerned.  I love them!" --Kerri Walsh, Pro Volleyball Player

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  9. Boston Marathon KT Tape Updates

    consumer_greenThis weekend, the KT Tape Team made it's first appearance at the Boston Marathon and John Hancock Health and Fitness Expo. We had a great time meeting with runners, spectators and journalists, answering questions and taping up athletes.We even met a few celebrities including Dick Beardsley and the 1980 Boston Marathon women's winner.

    We found that the most common injuries marathoners requested taping for included shin splints, runner's knee, IT band and Achilles tendonitis. And in the spirit of the city of Boston, runners loved the new "Green Monster" Green and the "Red Sox" Red KT Tape.

    Our advice to runners looking to participate in the Boston Marathon: Put your name along with your number on your bib -- you'll have a lot more fans cheering your name no matter what place you come in!

    So thanks to the city of Boston and the folks at the Boston Marathon! We can't wait to see you again next year!

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  10. Boston Marathon History Lesson

    Boston MarathonWhile this year is KT Tape's first time to the Boston Marathon, we know that the Bean Town race is the longest-running and most prestigious marathon in the world. On the Boston Athletic Association website we found a number of historical tidbits about the famous 26.2 miles.

    - After experiencing the Olympic Marathon in 1896, Boston Athletic Association  member and inaugural US Olympic Team Manager John Graham was inspired to organize and conduct a marathon in the Boston area. The original race route ran from Metcalf's Mill in Ashland to Irvington Oval in Boston -- a 24.5 mile race. On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York, emerged from a 15-member starting field and captured the first B.A.A. Marathon in 2:55:10 and in the process, forever secured his name in sports history.

    - In 1924, the B.A.A. moved the starting line from Ashland to Hopkinton. In 1927, the Boston Marathon course was lengthened to the full distance of 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to Olympic standards.

    - Originally the marathon distance was 24.8 miles, based on the distance of the famous Greek legend of the Greek foot-soldier who ran from Marathon to Athens with the news of victory over the Persian Army.  The marathon distance was later changed as a result of the 1908 Olympic Games in London. That year, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria wanted the marathon race to begin at Windsor Castle outside the city so that the Royal family could view the start. The distance between the castle and the Olympic Stadium in London proved to be 26 miles. Organizers added extra yards to the finish around a track, 385 to be exact, so the runners would finish in front of the king and queen's royal box. Every Olympic marathon run since the 1908 Games has been a distance of 26 miles, 385 yards.

    - Until 1968, the Boston Marathon was held on Patriots' Day, April 19, a holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War -- a holiday only recognized in Massachusettes and Maine. However, in 1969, the holiday was officially moved to the third Monday in April.

    - The first woman to run the full Boston Marathon was Roberta Gibb in 1966. Though she did not run with an official race number during any of the three years she was the first female finisher, Gibb hid in the bushes near the start until the race began. The  Amateur Athletics Union formally accepted the participation of running long distance running in the fall on 1971. Nina Kuscik's 1972 Boston Marathon victory the following spring made her the first official champion. Eight woman started that race and all eight finished.

    - The Boston Marathon was also the first major marathon to include a wheel chair division, with the entrance of Bob Hall in 1975.

    For a more complete Boston Marathon History Lesson, check out the Boston Marathon Milestones.

    And please come see us in Boston!! We've got a great booth set up, and we're looking forward to getting you taped up for your marathon PR.



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