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Recently the USA Junior Men participated in a training tournament in Italy while the USA Junior Women were in tournament in California. Both teams played amazingly. See the press releases below.
Acireale, Italy - July 25 - The USA Junior Men's National Team rolled Germany 8-1 to close out play in their training tournament in Italy. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Regency) and Russell Renteria (El Toro, CA/SET) each had two scores and Garrett Danner (Lake Forest, CA/SET) did the job in net stopping 12 shots. The victory caps a big week that saw the United States defeat Montenegro, Hungary, Australia, and France. ??Team USA jumped all over Germany and never looked back posting a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and a 6-0 ledger at halftime. Germany posted the lone goal of the third quarter but by then the match was in hand. The United States added on two more scores in the fourth to finish things off with the 8-1 win. ??Despite all the scoring the United States went 0/6 on power plays while Germany was 1/9. "Today's win against Germany was the exclamation point on a solid streak of wins for this newly founded team. Once again the defensive effort was the key to our success starting with our goal keeping and field blocking," said USA Head Coach Ryan Brown.
Los Alamitos, CA - July 25 - The USA Junior Women's National Team completed a week of perfection as they defeated Canada 7-5 and Australia 7-5 to close out the action and claim first place in the four nations tournament. Seven different scorers paced the USA attack in the win over Australia while Ashley Grossman (Santa Monica, CA/LA Water Polo) and Colleen O'Donnell (Palos Verdes, CA/LA Water Polo led the way with two goals each in the win over Canada. ??The win over Canada featured a slow offensive start as the United States led 1-0 after the first quarter and just 2-1 at the end of the first half. In the third quarter Canada exploded with four goals to grab a 5-3 lead going to the fourth. The United States rallied with four goals of their own in the final quarter to claim the victory at 7-5.??Team USA went 1-2 on power plays while Canada went 2-5. Kate Baldoni (Newport Beach, CA/Stanford) did the job in net stopping seven shots.
Great job to both teams!
To see how the USA Water Polo uses KT Tape click here.
For complete coverage of all things USA Water Polo visit their website.
KT Tape Athlete and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh recently wrote to us about how KT Tape has been helping in her return to the AVP Tour after the birth of her second son, Sundance. Specifically, she's using KT Tape for foot pain, ankle pain and support.
From Kerri Walsh--"More than ever KT Tape has become a part of my routine. I am trying to get back into competing right now, so if anything is feeling off or not moving properly, I apply KT Tape. My feet changed a lot since being pregnant. So my trainer has been taping up my foot and ankle. The tape has helped give me more support when I walk, so my body does not have to compensate for the aches and pains I have."
Were excited to see you hittin the sand again Kerri, good luck!
For more about the AVP Tour and ticket information visit there website.
We recently told you about Ironman athlete and KT Tape super fan Barry Siff and we are continually impressed by this man as he trains for triathlon after triathlon. He rocks. He recently wrote us a little back story about how he came to be such a believer in KT Tape.
Barry has been racing marathons and triathlons for almost thirty years but when a knee injury and knee pain sidelined him he found relief in KT Tape and is now back and better than ever. Barry writes this about KT Tape:
I sustained a pretty painful knee injury in November, 2009, after running a half-marathon in Puerto Vallarta, MX. I have been running marathons since 1981, and triathlons since 1986, and have never had serious knee pain. Upon return to Boulder [home], I saw my acupuncturist, who specializes and teaches sports treatment, and has typically handled my aches and pains over the years. He was unable to relieve me of my pain. I subsequently saw my sports chiropractor, 2 physical therapists, and had x-rays done and analyzed all to no avail. I even took 2-3 weeks off from running something I have not done in over 28 years of distance running!
I then heard about KT Tape, and bought a roll. My wife, Jodee, and I watched the online video, and applied the KT Tape for runners knee. It provided me with significant pain relief, and I was able to run again with good results. I wore the KT Tape for 2-3 months religiously. I am a very active triathlete, I swim, bike or run 1-2 times every day, and I was amazed that the tape would stay on for 3-4 days, before starting to come off.
I believe the KT Tape provided a level of stability for my knee, that resulted in minimizing the pain. This was clearly noted when, on 2 occasions, we had removed the tape, and I ran without it. I absolutely noticed an immediate recurrence of the knee pain.
Ultimately, I returned to some different acupuncture treatments about a month ago, and my pain has pretty well gone away. But, thanks to KT Tape, I was able to continue running, maintaining my base, from which I can now complete my training for this years Hawaii Ironman World Championship in October.
Thanks for sharing your story Barry! For more on Barry go to his website.
Along with her trainer Kerry Wachtfogel, Kerri has created a step by step guide, with pictures and instructions, to getting a toned tummy just like hers. We showed you her secrets for killer glutes, but now she's back with the best ab workout out there. And she should know--she's becoming known for being the bounce-back-after-baby poster child. Last summer she managed to get into great competition shape just three months after giving birth to her first son, Joey, and this summer is no different.
Click here to see how Kerri is getting her famous beach abs back after the birth of her son Sundance just a couple of months ago.
Also be sure to check out Kerris booty workout.
Here's the latest report from the FINA website: Behind two goals each from Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/Newport WPF) and Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/NYAC) the United States rallied from an early deficit to pull out the victory. Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) went the distance in the cage stopping nine shots. Spain got off to the hot start opening up a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. In the second period the United States defense buckled down pitching a shutout while adding two goals to tie the match at 3-3 going into halftime. The third quarter saw Team USA on the offensive tallying three goals in the third period to just one from Spain to grab a 6-4 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the final frame the Spanish looked to rally scoring two goals but the United States had one more tally up their sleeve to take the win 7-6.??The United States was 2/7 on power plays while holding Spain to 3/11. Other scores for the United States included Michael Sharf (Orinda, CA/Olympic Club), Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC), and Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF). Next up for Team USA is the FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania. The United States will open action against China on July 27. For complete coverage of the event go to the USA Water Polo or FINA websites.
Here's the latest report from the FINA website:
Behind two goals each from Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/Newport WPF) and Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/NYAC) the United States rallied from an early deficit to pull out the victory. Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) went the distance in the cage stopping nine shots. Spain got off to the hot start opening up a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. In the second period the United States defense buckled down pitching a shutout while adding two goals to tie the match at 3-3 going into halftime. The third quarter saw Team USA on the offensive tallying three goals in the third period to just one from Spain to grab a 6-4 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the final frame the Spanish looked to rally scoring two goals but the United States had one more tally up their sleeve to take the win 7-6.??The United States was 2/7 on power plays while holding Spain to 3/11. Other scores for the United States included Michael Sharf (Orinda, CA/Olympic Club), Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC), and Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF).
Next up for Team USA is the FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania. The United States will open action against China on July 27.
REI has long been a staple for outdoor enthusiasts to find what they need to get outside and have fun. If you have an injury, however, it can be a little disheartening shopping for new trail running shoes while all you can think about is how much your knee is going to hurt around mile three. So, you'll be pleased to know that hiding among the vast selection of backpacks, ice picks, hiking boots and other gear, you can also find KT Tape.
Whether you are a kayaker with a sore shoulder, or a rock climber with a jammed finger, or an adventure hiker with a bad knee, be sure to ask an REI sales associate to show you where to find the KT Tape. Then head to the KT Tape website for clear, precise video or printable PDF application instructions for your specific injury.
Dont let a little thing like an injury slow you down from doing the things you love to do. So gear up with your favorite outdoor products, along with KT Tape, and get outside and play.
You can also purchase KT Tape on REIs website.
Be sure to keep a look-out for the new direct mail piece from Sports Authority. KT Tape is featured in it, on the knee of a football player, and looking pretty darn sleek. KT Tape is available at all Sports Authority locations in an array of awesome colors. With a convenient place to purchase and easy online instructions, KT Tape has never been more user friendly.
For the nearest Sports Authority location to you click here.
KT Tape was recently in Boulder, CO where we met Ironman athlete and serious KT Tape user/fan Barry Siff. When we met him, we couldn't help but notice that his tape, while still holding strong, looked like it had been around the block. And sure enough, he admitted that he had been wearing the same application during multiple long runs, swims, bike rides and strength workouts throughout the week. The picture of Barry on the left is from the St. Croix Ironman 70.3; a Half-Ironman distance triathlon. You can see his great tape-job on his knee.
Barry wrote us, Seriously great meeting you this weekend, and I do look forward to helping KT Tape in any way possible going forward. I enjoy helping good people and good products.
Thanks Barry, we think you rock too.
For more on Barry visit his website.
With heat waves hitting the country, it's important to take the proper precautions while running in the sun. Jeff Galloway of Active.com offers some tips.
"Summer running can be enjoyableif you can avoid overheating. The problem is primarily wit the radiant effect of the sun. Finishing your run before the sun gets above the horizon will help you avoid the worst part of the heat. The following tips can help you avoid serious problems while running in hot weather. As always, be conservative and stop at any of the warning signs that concern you.
When you exercise strenuously in even moderate heat (above 60 degrees Fahrenheit: above 55 degrees F for beginning runners) you raise your core body temperature. This triggers a release of blood into the capillaries of your skin to cool you down, which then reduces the blood supply available to your exercising muscles. This basically means that you will have less blood and oxygen delivered to the power source that moves you forward and less blood to move out the waste products from these work sites. As the waste builds up in the muscle, you will slow down.
So the bad news is that in warm weather, you are going to feel worse and run slower. The worse news is that working too hard on a hot day could result in a very serious condition called heat disease.
The good news is that you can adapt to these conditions as you learn how to handle the heat. You can keep cool by running during the best time of day and wearing clothing appropriate for the heat. But its always better to back off or stop running at the first sign of a problem. The following are proven ways of avoiding heat adversity."
Click here for the full article.