Monthly Archives: December 2010

  1. Let KT Tape Help With Your New Year's Resolution

    newyearsThis New Year let KT Tape help you with your resolution.  One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get into shape.  For those who are already active, it can mean getting into better shape.

    Making a resolution like this often means pushing your body.  And that means you could be welcoming 2011 with muscle soreness and joint stiffness.  It's important that you don't give up, but keep working out in a safe way.  KT Tape kinesiology therapeutic athletic tape relieves that discomfort so that you can keep going with full mobility without popping pills.  If you are in pain it's harder to find motivation.  But if you wear a brace or athletic wrap, your muscles will rely on that superficial support and won't strengthen as quickly or efficiently as when you treat your soreness with KT Tape instead.

    Set realistic obtainable resolutions.  Say, “I will train to run a half-marathon this year.” Not “I will train to run a half-marathon next month.”  You will have more success with a “theme-based” resolution than “goal-themed” resolutions.  You will likely find more success with something like, “I will work toward running faster in races this year” rather than “I will get a PR in every race I enter this year.”

    Use the buddy system.  Working toward a certain something is easier when you have someone going through it with you.  KT  Tape will always be right there with you along the way.

    For taping instructions click here.

    Become a fan of KT Tape on Facebook and join an active community where you can share your success, struggles, give and get advice to other athletes like you.

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  2. So You've Been Sidelined this Winter; Now What

    sidelinedWinter can be a difficult time to have an injury.  You can be tempted to sit at home and mull  over your injury wishing it would just go away.  But you'll find that if you stay active in a safe way, you won't lose fitness while your injury heals.  We at KT Tape have a few suggestions.

    1. Stick with your physical therapy.  It can go slowly at first and sometimes feel like nothing is happening, but by taking it seriously, you can get back into fighting shape faster.
    2. Let KT Tape take some of the weight.  KT Tape offers full range of motion, is comfortable to wear and can stay on for up to five days.  It also increases circulation.  KT Tape offers support and stability without the bulk and discomfort of knee braces, ankle wraps or other sports support braces.
    3. Let your body heal.  You will need to adjust your level of intensity, so listen to your body so you don't cause further injury.
    4. Be aware of what you are eating.   You aren’t burning up as many calories as you were when  you were in full training mode.  Whole foods and proper nutrition will aid recovery.
    5. Stay in the loop.  Just because you are injured doesn’t mean you are dead to the sports community.  Volunteer your time with something related to your activity of choice.
    6. Switch up your workout.  If you are a runner who injured your knee, supplement your workouts with rowing or paddling.  The new activity will help you stay active so jumping right back into your training won’t be such a transition once you’ve healed.
    7. Stay active, even if it’s not sports related.  Just don’t get sucked into a sedentary lifestyle.  Once you’ve healed, it is harder to train again if you have been playing couch potato.

    Hopefully these tips will help you on your road to recovery this winter so you can have a great spring season.  KT Tape is there to help through the process.  We exist so that athletes of all levels can work through their pain to recover faster and more efficiently.  KT Tape allows full mobility of joints, muscles and tendons so your body can stay strong and limber as you heal.

    For taping instructions click here.

    For a KT Tape trained clinic near you, click here.

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  3. Got a Problem? Find a Forum

    running2Life throws so many curve balls it’s hard to know how to swing the bat so we are left standing on the plate with unanswered questions and problems.  A lot of times something will happen during a training workout that will leave us asking, “Well, shoot, now what?”  Whether you suffer an injury or just want to find the best running trails a great way to get answers is to post your query on a forum.

    At KT Tape we know how stressful a problem can be that threatens the progress of your training.  You want to find a solution as quick as possible and move on.  Many sites like Active.com have forums where you can post a question and get a bevy of answers and suggestions from people just like you.  Active.com’s forum is nice because there are different forums for specific sports.  You can also go to the Discussion Board page of the KT Tape Facebook page and post a question, or right on the wall for that matter.  No question is too small.

    Forums are a great way to stay connected to the sporting community and interact with athletes from all walks of life.  Do you have a question about  finding the best running trails in your area?  Done.  Or what about how to deal with a specific taping application?   No problem.  You fellow athletes have your back.

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  4. A Holiday Message From Rebecca Rusch

    rebeccasmileIt is the off season for World Mountain Bike Champion and KT Tape athlete Rebecca Rusch and she has been taking it easy with some backcountry skiing and Nordic ski coaching.  Not only is Rebecca a believer in the power of KT Tape brand kinesiology therapeutic tape, she is also an advocate for helping getting kids out and active to support a healthy happy lifestyle.  She writes from her website:

    It’s the holiday season and the snow’s flying in Idaho.  I’ve been shoveling, skiing, coaching cross country skiing and spending time at the Fire Department. Town is filling up with tourists and it absolutely feels like the holidays. All the snow got me into the holiday cheer and I put up my version of mini decorations and have been baking cookies for friends.?If you’re still frantically shopping and at wits end about what to get the cyclist in your family, check out these options. Specialized has always been heavily involved in advocacy programs, whether through local or global organizations, the big red S could also stand for Support.

    The new First Gear Initiative has one simple mission, to get kids on bikes early in order to promote happy and healthy lives. With a target of 10,000 kids per year, Specialized is setting out to add another strong push to bring the joy of cycling to those in need. If you would like to join in the effort you can visit their website, Facebook, and spread the news via social media. They also have some pretty cool success stories from all the athletes about programs they have participated in, including one from Blaine County Recreation District!

    World Bicycle Relief has been around for quite some time and is strongly supported by many companies in cycling. Any time of year, just $134 buys and donates a locally assembled bike in Zambia and provides access to education for girls and boys.   From now until Dec 31st, any donations to World Bicycle Relief will be matched!  As we sit and dream about sweet new 2011 bikes that we want to ride, consider how life changing access to wheels can be for someone who has never had a bike. You can check out their awesome new video on YouTube!

    These are some great organizations to get involved with that benefit our children, community and world.

    Rebecca uses KT Tape for shoulder pain, a common injury among cyclists.

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  5. Activate Your Kiddos

    2.2.gAs adults, we want the best for our children and that means general well-being and physical fitness.  So with the disturbing childhood obesity rate in the United States, it its important to keep children active and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.  This article from the Mayo Clinic helps suggest ways to get your child out there and active.  After choosing an activity with your child, it is important to practice that activity safely and address injuries properly.  KT Tape is safe for use on active people of all ages and can offer the same kind of support and benefits for children as adults.  We do recommend consulting a KT Tape trained professional and your family doctor before use.  A doctor will let you know whether an injury is more serious than you and your child originally thought and needs special medical attention rather than kinesiology therapeutic taping. Here are the tips from the Mayo Clinic:

     

    Consider age-appropriate activities

     

    Ages 2 to 5

    Toddlers and preschoolers are beginning to master many basic movements, but they are too young for most types of organized sports.  at this age, unstructured free play is usually best.  Try:

    Running, Climbing, Kicking, Tumbling, Dancing, Playing catch with a lightweight ball, Pedaling a tricycle or bike with training wheels, Supervised water play.

     

    Ages 6 to 7

    As children get older, their coordination and attention spans improve.  They're also better able to follow directions and understand the concept of teamwork.  Consider organized activities such as:

    T-ball, softball or baseball, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, golf, track and field, martial arts.

     

    Ages 8 and older

    By age 8, most sports - including contact sports - may be acceptable, as long as your child wears appropriate protective gear.  Carefully supervised strength training is OK at this age too.

    Of course, organized athletics aren't the only option for fitness.  If your child doesn't seem interested in sports, find other physical activities.  Take family bike rides, check out  local hiking trails or visit indoor climbing walls.  encourage activity time with friends, such as jumping rope, shooting baskets or playing tag.

     

    Compare the Options

    If several sports are available in your community, allow your child to sample a range of activities before settling on one or two - perhaps both team sports and individual sports.  When you're comparing sports consider the following:

    Amount and cost of equipment, amount of physical contact, emphasis on individual skill vs. team performance, opportunity for each child to participate, amount of time parents and child must devote to the sport.

    Also consider the child's schedule.  Children who are already signed up for music lessons or other activities may feel overwhelmed if athletics are added to the mix.  Above all however, make sure your child really wants to play.  Organized athletics have many benefits, but a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to include sports.  What is most important is helping your child realize that physical activity is fun.

     

    Stay involved:

    As your child tries various sports, stay involved.  Consider:


    Team assignments: are the children grouped according to physical maturity and skill level?

    Coaching quality:  look for an emphasis on safety and participation,  Does the coach require that players follow the rules and use proper safety equipment?  do players take time to warm up and cool down before and after each practice or event?  In hot weather, does the coach pay attention to hydration and temperature?  Are children taught proper movement and body positioning?  Does everyone have a chance to play?

    Coaching Style:  Also consider a coach's attitude toward the game.  I fa coach consistently yells at the children or lets only the most skilled players into the game, your child may become discouraged.  Be aware of a win-at-all-costs attitude.


    Overall, be positive and encouraging.  Emphasize effort and improvement over winning or personal performance.  Attend events and practices as your schedule allows, and act as a good model of sportsmanship yourself.  Whether your child swims, runs track or plays catch in the backyard, keep your eye on the long-term goal - a lifetime of physical activity.


    Also set a good example of good physical activity.  If your child sees that you are active they will be more likely be inclined to do the same.

     

    KT Tape is a big advocate for a more physically fit America and helping our children learn better habits at a young age will transcend into healthy teenagers and then healthy adults.  So get out there and play!


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  6. Join KT Tape on Facebook

    Facebooklogo Do you want the latest up-to-date news involving the world of KT Tape?  Then look no further than the KT Tape Facebook page.  Find information, promotions, and taping advice along side tons of testimonials, customer pictures and stories from athletes just like you.

     

    It is also a great place to ask questions about a particular taping you may have. There are a lot of physical therapists out there who love to show us the taping techniques that work best in their practices.

     

    It is also the best place to share your own personal stories with KT Tape.  We love hearing how kinesiology therapeutic tape from KT Tape has affected your life.  Our Facebook page is the perfect platform to upload and share your personal success stories with the KT Tape family.

     

    Come join the KT Tape movement and follow us on Facebook.

    Just can't get enough KT Tape action?  We are also on Twitter.

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  7. Keeping Up With Kerri

    KerriabsTwo time Olympic Gold medalist Kerri Walsh knows how to train. So when she is injured she reaches for the KT Tape.  She knows there is no better way to get full support while maintaining mobility than with KT Tape brand kinesiology therapeutic tape.  Kerri is most known for using KT Tape for her rotator cuff injury as seen in the 2008 Olympics, but she has been using it in other ways lately.  Kerri writes us:

     

    "Recently I have been suffering from a foot and knee injury.  With any sort of injury the best thing to do is rest and let it heal.  As an athlete, that is not always an option.    My trainer and I have been taping my foot to help the pain so I can work out.  Thankfully taping my foot has been helping with my knee injury also.  With the injury I have had to get creative with my workouts.  I've been using the arm bike, walking on the treadmill and some circuit lifting.  Without KT Tape training  with my injury would NOT be possible.  It is #1 on my list of things I need when training, especially when I am injured."


    Thanks Kerri, we are proud to be the only kinesiology therapeutic tape you trust to help with your injuries.  We can't wait to see you in the new year!

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  8. Plantar Fasciitis: Featured Taping

    plantarOne of the hands-down most common taping we come across and are asked about at KT Tape is how to tape for Plantar Fasciitis.  This annoying and painful injury is a result of repeated strain on the plantar fascia (the thick tendon running from the heel of the foot to the ball.)  Repetitive stretching and tearing causes the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.

    Luckily for all of you affected by plantar fasciitis, taping for this injury with KT Tape is a snap.  Our elastic therapeutic athletic tape is an inexpensive and effective tool to treat and deal with plantar pain.  Even on the foot when applied correctly, KT Tape kinesiology tape can be worn for up to five days, even through showering and exercise.

    For quick and easy online instructions on taping for plantar fasciitis click here.

    For extra support taping of plantar fasciitis click here.

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  9. Happy Holidays KT Tape From Kerri Walsh

    holidaykerriKT Tape helps athletes of all calibers perform their best by helping to support and treat injuries and pains and we love hearing back from those athletes.  We received this Seasons Greetings shout out from KT Tape sponsored athlete Kerri Walsh and wanted to pass it on.

    Happy Holidays!!!!

    I love this time of year!! I just finished watching my all time favorite movies “It’s a Wonderful Life” and not it really feels like Christmas!!  As I was watching the movie, I started packing for my trip to the gym tomorrow.  As I was double checking my pack job, I became overcome with gratitude because of what I saw.

    The items in my bag were not just some of the “essentials” in my life as an athlete, but they also clearly reflect the people who have helped to make my life so “wonderful” and blessed.  My sponsors allow me to chase my dreams.   They allow me to train and compete at my highest capacity.  They inspire and motivate me to work harder and be better, because they do just that – always strive to be better by working harder than their competition.

    During the holiday season, I want to send out a heartfelt “thank you” to KT Tape for supporting my dreams and keeping those dreams golden.  Also a huge THANK YOU for taking my aches and pains away.  Keep up the great work!! Merry Christmas to all!

    Thank you Kerri for choosing KT Tape as your choice of athletic sports tape!  We feel like the blessed ones for getting to sponsor such an outstanding athlete and role model!  We love being there with you every step of the way whether it’s helping with shoulder pain during the Bejing Olympics, to back relief during your pregnancies, to this and that aches and pains like knee pain while training, it’s been a blast!

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  10. Holiday Baking with KT Tape

    peanutIt is that time of year when we get out the cookie cutters and let the flour fly.  Loads of holiday cookies and candies will be made this year and it's a great way to bring the family together.  There's just one problem... the impact these culinary traditions have on our waist lines.

     

    For active people, eating the occasional holiday cookie is no big deal. But it still isn't a very healthy option to have laying around the house.  We found a tasty alternative to the traditional holiday cookies that is sure to satisfy both the athlete and sweet tooth in all of us.

     

    Peanutty Energy Bars

     

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup salted dry roasted peanuts

    1/2 cup roasted sunflower nuts

    1/4 cup toasted wheat germ

    1/2 cup raisins

    2 cups rolled oats

    2 cups toasted rice cereal

    1/2 cup crunchy or extra crunchy peanut butter

    1/2 cup packed brown sugar

    1/2 cup light corn syrup

    1 teaspoon vanilla

     

    Mix together the first six ingredients in a medium bowl.  Set aside.  combine peanut butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a large bowl.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Add vanilla and stir until blended.  Add dry ingredients from medium bowl.  Stir until coated.  Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square pan coated with non stick spray.  Press down firmly.  Let stand for about 1 hour. Cut into bars.  Yields about 16-20 bars.

     

    Recipe courtesy of the Peanut Institute website.

     

    This is perfect for energy pre or post your favorite activity or as a wholesome midday treat.  We at KT Tape kinesiology therapeutic athletic tape want you to have a fun and healthy holiday season and this is a great way to enjoy holiday baking while offering a more healthy option.  Get out there and train hard and bake hard with KT Tape.


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