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Monthly Archives: May 2010

  1. Ginger Offers a Unique Solution to Aches and Pains

    ginger_rootOf course you know that KT Tape can reduce your muscle pain after a tough workout, but here at KT Tape we always like to see what else is out there in terms of non-traditional remedies. Now, scientists at the University of Georgia have proven that the a daily dose of ginger can ease the aches and pains suffered after heavy exercise.

    In an article published by the UK's Daily Mail, scientists say that "compounds in ginger work in a similar way to pain-relieving drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. "

    Participants in the featured study consumed capsules containing two grams of either raw or heat-treated ginger or a placebo for 11 consecutive days.

    "On the eighth day they performed 18 extensions of elbow flexors with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Arm function, inflammation and pain were assessed prior to and for three days after the exercise," the article says.

    The end result? Study participants consuming ginger experienced a 25 percent decrease in exercise-related pain.

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  2. Fender-Bender Injuries and Recovery--A Testimonial

    They happen every day;  fender benders, side swipes and more serious accidents involving moving vehicles.  You may remember from your physics classes that when two moving bodies collide, energy is neither created or destroyed.  Unfortunately, your body becomes part of this equation and the end result, if one is lucky, is often broken bones, head injury or whiplash.  As is often the case, people who live through vehicle accidents often need rehabilitation or physical therapy to heal from the trauma to the body.

    More and more often, we are seeing the introduction of KT Tape into the rehabilitative process.  It is a strong, elastic athletic tape that provides pain relief, stability & support, & faster recovery for injured or sore muscles and joints-without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement.  One particular testimony from Kristina Skiptunas, a car accident survivor, describes the effectiveness of kinesiology therapeutic tape in the healing process.

    "I was in a car accident nearly 2 years ago and suffered severe whiplash. Since then I have struggled to get relief from the pain. I see a massage therapist weekly who tried your KT Tape on me. I have amazing pain relief from it- the best days I have had in almost 2 years. The tape is truly a miracle for me."--Kristina Skiptunas

    Looking for pain relief after suffering bodily trauma?  Integrate KT Tape into your recovery regimen and hurry into health!

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  3. Climbing to the Top

    Enjoy pushing your body to the limit?  Climbing is an activity that will take your mind and body to the edge literally and figuratively speaking.   The following is an excerpt from Body Results.

    Technical rock and ice climbers require good flexibility in the hips, shoulders, and core muscles in order to negotiate wide stems, twisting overhangs, and high mantels. Technical climbers should develop core, upper and lower body strength for vertical travel with and without a pack. Anaerobic conditioning also is an important component in the technical climber's program, increasing in importance as the climber develops more advanced skills.

    Training for rock and ice climbing is usually going to involve a combination of training for specific fitness qualities, doing sport specific outings and practicing sport required skill elements. There are five major fitness qualities your general training should focus on for rock and ice climbing. Those qualities are:

    * Aerobic Endurance
    * Anaerobic Endurance
    * Upper Body Strength
    * Lower Body Strength
    * Flexibility

    Be sure to keep a stash of KT Tape in your pack for unwelcome injuries or overworked muscles. It small and easy to take anywhere on any adventure. With elasticity at 140%, the same as your skin, KT Tape moves easily with your body's movement and doesn't restrict mobility.

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  4. Let's get physical--and musical!

    Exercise and music are similar to peanut butter and jelly:  they jive well together.  Now studies are being done that back up the apparent synergy between the two.  The following is from a recent study out of Ohio State.

    It's no secret that exercise improves mood, but new research suggests that working out to music may give exercisers a cognitive boost. Listening to music while exercising helped to increase scores on a verbal fluency test among cardiac rehabilitation patients.
    "This is the first study to look at the combined effects of music and short-term exercise on mental performance," said Charles Emery, the study's lead author and a professor of psychology at Ohio State University.  "Evidence suggests that exercise improves the cognitive performance of people with coronary artery disease," Emery said. "And listening to music is thought to enhance brain power. We wanted to put the two results together."  Those results appear in a recent issue of the journal Heart & Lung.

    And so it is time to turn up the music or attach that mp3 player to your bicep and move it!  When strains or injury slow you down, remember to integrate KT Tape into your routine to bring you back up to speed.  Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape is designed for professional athletes, Olympians, and active people world-wide who take health & fitness seriously and who refuse to stop training, playing, or living life active and free. The design is minimalist, the results are magic.

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  5. Kerri Walsh on KT Tape for Prenatal Pains

    Before delivering baby Sundance last week, Kerri sent us a few pictures of her favorite KT Tape applications for pregnancy aches and pains.

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    "I never seem to stop coming up with uses for KT Tape. Just wait, some day I will be making wallets and hammocks out of it. But for now, I have been using it to treat my prenatal aches and pains. The support it gives me along with increased blood flow, alleviates much of my discomfort. Here are a few photos of my lovely Pilates instructor and dear friend, Kerry Wachtfogel, applying it to my back and sides."

    - Kerri

    To see more of Kerri's favorite pain-relieving pregnancy stretches, be sure to check out the slideshow on Lilsugar's Pregnancy Posse.

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  6. Rebecca Rusch Returns from Down Under

    Reba enduroKT Tape athlete and 24hr World Solo Mountain Bike Champ Rebecca Rusch is quite the all-star. She had an amazing winter training and racing in Argentina and showing screenings of the documentary about the Leadville Trail 100, "Race Across the Sky."

    While in Argentina, Rebecca logged many pre-season miles which have been paying early in her 2010 season.  Springtime in her hometown of Ketchum, ID has provided some inclement weather with snowy roads one day and 70 degree days the next. Rebecca says, "All my ski gear is officially put away, but the cold weather riding gear is not."

    Recently, Rebecca was in Australia enjoying some sun and making new friends. She was in Alice Springs, Australia for the Red Centre Enduro, a five-day stage race in the middle of the sandy, isolated Outback. Rebecca explains, "I have been to Australia many times, including a semester of college here a long time ago. I still remember my wonderment on the first trip as a college student. I was blown away to find that I could go 1/2 a world away and still find that people are generally the same, enjoy similar things and I assimilated easily into this place. I love the fact that most people here seem to absolutely love the outdoors and thrive on physical activity...I'm in the center of nowhere, Alice Springs. This place reminds me of Utah and Arizona with sandy red rock everywhere and desert type riding."

    Something else new with Rebecca is her monthly give-a-way on her website.  The contest is called ASK REBA! Ask away and you've entered yourself to win free gear. And she has invited her fans to come ride with her in Idaho.

    And of course, she continues to use KT Tape on her shoulder and neck to relieve soreness and prevent cramping.

    Ride on, Reba!

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  7. Parkour Anyone?

    Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment. It is a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible. Skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves are employed. The object of parkour is to get from one place to another using only the human body and the objects in the environment. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, but parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of the many suitable public structures available such as buildings and rails.

    Check out the official Parkour website for training tips. There are much less predefined moves in parkour than sports such as gymnastics, because of the original idea that the moves are just bi-products of the way of thinking. However there are still some movements considered to be most basic and that most traceurs practise and start with.

    The most important movements to practice and perfect are jumping and landing. The standard "PK" roll is used to spread the impact of a jump over your whole body, and then flow into the next movement. After perfecting the roll vaults would be he next basic movement to try. Vaults are used to clear or overcome most obstacles and there are many types. There are several vaults that are completely efficient and there are others which are used sometimes only to add fun to the vault, or make it look more impressive. These vaults sacrifice their efficiency and tend to be used less by experienced traceurs and more by freerunners. Most vaults are specifically designed to be used on specific obstacles. But learning specific vaults is not as recommended as learning to think on the spot and adapt easily.

    Obviously, this type of movement leads to muscles strains, tendon pulls and overused and abused joints. With KT Tape addressing all of these ailments, it is  easy to see how it fits into this extreme lifestyle.

    Check out this YouTube video of  a Parkour demonstration:

    Parkour Video

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  8. Congrats to Kerri!

    Karri copyHere at KT Tape, we're super-excited to announce that KT Tape Athlete, Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist and World-Class Mom Kerri Walsh and her husband Casey Jennings welcomed their second son, Sundance, on Wednesday night.

    Baby Sundance, weighing in at 6 pounds 12 ounces and 19 3/4 inches, joins big brother Joseph Michael.

    Thursday morning, Kerri showed off Sundance via Twitter saying, "He's here!! And he's amazing!!"

    Congratulations Kerri -- HE IS AMAZING!

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  9. Hydration While Running

    4c24a130aed44451_water.xlargeAs the KT Tape team travels around the country taping up thousands of runners and triathletes, we have seen all levels of dehydration which  can lead to exhaustion.  Hydrating is important while running, as your body sweats and fatigues it naturally needs to be replenished. Yet, many folks are nervous to chug water while running to avoid side-ache or are unclear on what the appropriate amount of fluid is to avoid pitfalls and dehydration leading to fatigue and decreased performance.

    Previous advice leaned on the side that regardless of possible side-aches you are supposed to drink as much water as possible to stave off dehydration. Matt Fitzgerald writes,Running 101: Hydration During Running, on the Competitor Running website to break down the right and wrong way to hydrate while running.

    Runners almost never experience dehydration levels sufficient to cause major health consequences. But normal levels of dehydration will make you feel uncomfortable and cause you to slow down.It was once believed that athletes were to drink as much as possible during exercise to completely offset dehydration. It is known nowadays that it is possible to drink TOO much. Forcing yourself to drink large amounts of water may lead to gastrointestinal distress and stomach aches. Research has shown that drinking to completely offset sweating or dehydration offers no advantage to performance.  New exercise hydration advice leans on your ability to drink according to thirst. As long as an adequate supply of liquid is accessible during long runs you will "naturally drink enough to optimize your performance if you drink as often and as much as your thirst dictates," says Fitzgerald.

    Fitzgerald suggests that plain water is sufficient for more runs, but says, "sports drinks provide an extra energy source for your working muscles in the form of carbohydrates. Research has shown that sports drinks enhance performance significantly more than plain water in high-intensity and long-duration runs and races." He continues to explain that most runs aren't supposes to test d performance limits so it isn't necessary to use a sports drink every time you lace up. Save the sports drinks for faster and longer workouts.

    Good luck runners as you head into Summer months with runs in the sun and hot pavement! Be careful and stay hydrated---the right way!

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  10. Not the Chirping Cricket

    Cricket is not a game you can play while drinking tea.  This sport requires extensive training and mental focus.  The following excerpt from Netfit,  a British based site dedicated to health and fitness, highlights the necessary elements required by those participating in the game.

    Along with building a good base of strength and fitness, the skills of the game should be worked on, ideally as a team in order to produce a higher level of combined skills, as cricket is a sport that is played in two forms, batting and fielding.


    Batsman aim to stay at the crease for as long as possible, sometimes for periods of over 4 hours. In order to occupy this position, a good bats man most be able to stay focused, have good ball / eye skills, and have the strengths and fitness to make each shot played count.

    The power will come from having a strong core, abdominal mid-section and the ability to generate explosive upper body actions, however with that said, using the kinetic energy of the ball as it speeds towards you, only requires a slight change in direction in order to score 4 runs - unfortunately this skill has only be given to a few class bats man.


    Fielders need the ability to sustain a concentrated effort for a 6 hour plus period without fatigue, in sometimes very warm conditions. There bodies most be capable of explosive bursts at any given time - such as racing for a ball, jumping for a catch.

    Aim to keep your body moving whilst on the pitch, walking and stretching the muscles whenever possible. Keep your mind busy by visualizing exactly what you will do when the ball comes towards you.

    When you have a sport that requires explosive bursts, there is going to be soreness, muscle tears and strained tendons.  At KT Tape, we have the quintessential product that addresses these inherent discomforts.   KT Tape 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.

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