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A training update from Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and KT Tape Athlete Kerri Walsh:
Hey KT tapers,
Quick update on our preseason activities. To make a long story short, we're getting our tooshies kicked -- hard!!
The cobb webs have officially been dusted off, and we are knee deep in double day work outs, muscles so sore it's hard to walk (temporarily, of course!), and training sessions that make you want to pull out your hair. I am getting pushed out of my comfort zone every single day, be it on the sand, in my pilates sessions, or in my Fast Twitch workouts.
I have a love/hate relationship with leaving my comfort zone. I hate it because I absolutely despise being "bad" at something. But I absolutely LOVE what happens when I let go of my ego, stop worrying about looking silly & making mistakes, and try something new. I love it so much because true growth happens when I do this. I have some huge goals I plan on accomplishing in the coming year(s), and I have a feeling my ego will be shelved for the long haul -- Onward!!
All my best and happy working out to all you in the land of KT.
*have a wonderful day*
This avid KT Tape fan was caught running through the Austin Marathon Expo last weekend- with both knees taped! Free KT Tape and Taping Demos was offered from both the Hill Country Running Company and the Texas Running Company booths. Over 25,000 athletes came through the expo for the race. Once again, the most popular injury taped for marathon runners at this expo was the knees- either Runner's Knee or IT Band Pain at the Knee. Even the purple chicken couldn't resist being taped for knee support!
In addtion to runners for the Austin Marathon, we also taped a number of younger athletes preparing for a world karate championship. Their most common injuries were bruising and swelling, so the KT Tapers taped them for stability and edema.
This weekend there will be MORE free KT Taping at the Gasparilla Marathon in Tampa, FL and the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out the KT Tape Events Page for details. We'll see you there!
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Pain in the Gluteus Maximus can sideline any athlete. Luckily, KT Tape has an app for glute pain! In addition to KT Taping, here are some stretching and strengthening exercises from LIVESTRONG to help whip your buttocks into shape this Spring.
Performing stretching and strengthening exercises may help treat pain in your gluteus maximus muscle -- the largest of the three gluteal muscles in your buttocks -- regardless of the cause of the pain, which may include conditions such as fibromyalgia or sciatica, or injuries such as a deep bruise or muscle strain. Consult with your doctor, however, before starting a rehabilitation program to determine the appropriate course of action for your particular circumstances.
The gluteus maximus facilitates hip-extension ranges of motion, along with the hamstrings, so flexing your hip joint by performing the knee-to-chest exercise lengthens and stretches the muscle, potentially relieving any pain you may feel. There are two variations of the stretch. Either lie on your back or stand with your back against a wall, and pull the knee of your affected leg toward your chest as far as possible. Hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds, then repeat with your opposite leg to promote muscular balance.
The gluteus maximus also helps the other gluteal muscles abduct your hip joint -- moving your upper leg sideways, away from the center of your body. The seated buttocks stretch targets the gluteus maximus by placing your injured hip in a position of maximal adduction, the opposite range of motion. Sit upright with your legs extended on the floor in front of your torso, and then flex the knee of your injured leg and cross your foot over your opposite leg. Hug the outside of your leg and pull it closer to your body to initiate the stretch. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat the exercise with your uninjured leg.
The glute bridge is an isometric-strengthening exercise, requiring the gluteus maximus to contract continually for a specific period of time to hold your hips in an extended position. This type of exercise is especially appropriate if moving through hip extension and flexion ranges of motion causes you pain. To perform the glute bridge exercise, lie on your back with your knees flexed and feet on the floor at hip width. Squeeze your buttocks and extend your hips into the air, creating a straight line between your torso and upper legs. Hold this position for at least 10 seconds, then relax. You can add a stretching element to the exercise by drawing one knee at a time toward your chest while your hips are elevated.
For more stretches and to read the entire article, click here.
KT Tape provider and Airrosti clinician Dr. Billy Kuykendall, DC explains the causes, symptoms, and best treatment practices for Plantar Fasciitis, with a specific focus on how KT Tape works to alleviate pain and enhance the healing process.
What Are Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in athletes and non-athletes alike, affecting approximately two million Americans each year. This condition is characterized by medial or midline heel pain in the instep and ranges from sharp, achy and burning, to stabbing. It is usually worst in the mornings on the first few steps and improves with activity, although prolonged activity like standing can also provoke pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
In athletes, plantar pain is most commonly caused by sudden changes in the intensity, volume, or modality of the training program, or changes in the training surface or footwear. In non-athletes, the most common root of plantar pain lies within the level of conditioning of the patient. Increased weight, abrupt increases in physical activity, and insufficient conditioning for desired activity are all factors to be considered and may lengthen the overall treatment plan due to the chronic and degenerative nature of this condition.
Athletes of all levels can typically look at the appearance of plantar pain as a symptom of biomechanical dysfunction in the lower limb. This means that other problem areas along the same functional chain must be assessed and accounted for to fix the problem. Reducing the mechanical stress on the plantar fascia may also include addressing previous injuries to and tension imbalances around the ankle, knee, hips, and low back.
Current thinking suggests that the problem is more complex than simply an inflamed site of origin for the plantar aponeurosis, the central portion of the plantar fascia (Plantar Aponeurosis). Spasms deeper in the foot, along with tension imbalances between the posterior and anterior calf muscles, are both common causes. The resulting tension imbalance in the foot and calf increases fatigue, stress, and strain on the soft tissues and joints and must be addressed for the prevention of pain recurrence.
What Are Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis?
Manual therapy, KT Taping, arch supports, and gait training are all effective ways of managing this condition. Self management includes ice therapy after activity, stretching, and myofascial release tools like foam rollers, lacrosse balls, and sticks. Experienced athletes, especially runners, can always benefit from working on their overall mobility between races with strength and flexibility training. The same goes for the less conditioned patient with a higher percentage of time being spent on weight management, establishing proper mechanics, and core stability.
How Does KT Tape Work for Plantar Fasciitis?
KT Taping in particular has shown to dramatically reduce pain and prevent compensation injuries. The proprioceptive lift on the plantar fascia approximates the tissue and returns the affected anatomy to a more natural state. Studies support the theory that the surface sensation also appears to increase blood flow and therefore reduce inflammation. Whatever the mechanism of pain reduction, the decreased pain allows the athlete and non-athlete alike to avoid limping or other movements associated with pain compensation that often lead to additional problems in the biomechanical chain. Addressing the issue with KT Taping in combination with the above techniques is highly recommended.
Billy Kuykendall DC, is an Airrosti Certified Provider practicing in Carrollton, TX. Dr. Kuykendall completed undergraduate studies in biology at Austin College before attending Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas. Careers in personal training and pharmaceutical sales allowed Dr. Kuykendall to develop a unique approach to healthcare while studying at Parker. He joined Airrosti due to its outcomes based diagnostic and treatment model based on correcting acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. He now lives in Dallas with his three children and enjoys Crossfit as well as Russian Kettlebell exercise programs.
For the LA Derby Dolls and the medical professionals who treat them, the answer is a definite YES. Enjoy this guest blog post from Dr. Richard Fox, Director of Medical Services for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls.
My name is Richard Fox, and I am a Doctor of Chiropractic who has been specializing in elite, world class, Olympic and professional athletic injuries for over 20 years.
I would like to share that I have been a student of the Healing Arts since 1976, and while there may be many disciplines out there, we are all involved with the Art and Science of Healing. Taping techniques whether the standard stability taping, tab taping, or KT-Taping are definitely Arts, and as such make us Artists. As with any art, we learn to adapt the art to the patient. This means we get the wonderful experience of experimenting and creating. When I apply taping techniques, I visualize the how the joint and muscles work in a three-dimensional pattern, and address how the cable system (muscles) is effecting the motion of the bones of the joint. This reveals how I want to apply the tape. Is the cable an internal rotator, external rotator, flexor, extensor, abductor, or adductor?
I was first exposed to KT Tape about a few years ago when I was working with the AVP tour. I asked Jim Jensen, VP of KT Tape if I could try some for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. I was just starting out as Director of medical services for the league. I have been a hooked on KT Tape ever since.
The Los Angeles Derby Dolls is one of the leading Banked Track Roller Derby Leagues in the country and is comprised of 5 teams of some of the finest athletes I have ever seen. Taking hits and falls while being on 4 tiny wheels and achieving speeds of up to 35 to 40 MPH on a banked track, we see our fair share of acute traumatic injuries. Hence, I would say the most common KT Taping I do is for edema flushing. The new Edema KT-Tape is so quick and easy to apply that it saves me, and the Doll Repair Staff, a considerable amount of time.
As fellow artists in taping, I hope you experiment, create, have fun, and share your successes and failures.
-Dr. Richard Fox, DC, Los Angeles, CA
Photo Credit: Susanica Tam
We had a blast last month at the Walt Disney World Marathon Expo. Over 60,000 fans visited the expo and we taped non-stop through the whole race weekend! Here are a few of our favorite taping experiences- including the most unusual and most popular injuries we witnessed
Favorite Quote from a New Customer: I have not felt this good in ten years! Yoram, after applying KT Tape on his Achilles Tendon for the first time.
From Pam, Goofy Challenge Finisher: I ran the Goofy (39.3 miles within 24 hours) with Plantar Fasciitis and a heel spur had a WONDERFUL experience and am recovering better than ever because of my KT Tape. Thank you for the teams incredible (and hard!) work at the Expo. You all were wall-to-wall both days. Grateful.
From Andy, a devoted KT Tape user: Thanks for running with me and supporting my right ankle throughout the race. Couldn't have made it to this point without you! I look forward to seeing you all for sure at next year's Disney Marathon! (and everytime I look in my gym bag!! LOL ;)
From Mike, a first-time KT Taper: I met you this past weekend and you taped up my IT Bands! I finished my first Marathon and I dont think I could have done it without your help!
From Ron, a frequent KT Taper: Thanks for taping my foot both days at Disney. It made a huge difference and I may have not finished the marathon without it. You helped me a lot and a felt like I was getting personalized service which is amazing considering how many people you taped that weekend. You helped a lot of people that weekend. Good job. From Chelsea, after her first self-application of KT Tape: "You taped up my dads ankles and showed me how to tape my hip yesterday at the Disney running expo. I just wanted to thank you! I taped up last night and do not feel any pain in my hip as of yet since the marathon! My dad also said his ankles and knees feel the best they have after running a long distance! Thanks for all your help."
Most Unusual Injury: We met at the DisneyWorld race expo. I am the girl with the 2 inch sewing needle in her foot. Just thought I would drop you a note to tell you that the weekend went great. Got through both the 1/2 and the full marathons without any pain. Yipee! Between the KT tape and some acupuncture, it made all the difference between what would have been complete agony and a fun Disney experience. I will definitely be trying the KT tape again in the future and have already recommended it to some of my running friends. So, thanks for taping up my toe and foot! Super grateful!
Most Popular Injury Taped at Disney Marathon Expo:
As many of you guessed, its RUNNERS KNEE!
We are proud to announce a new podcast series from KT Tape-sponsored United States Water Polo Teams. The Counter Attack is the official USAWP podcast featuring interviews, commentary and news all about water polo in the United States.
Coach Krikorian was recently selected as a finalist for the USOC Coach of the Year Award. He talks about coaching Team USA, his time as a college coach, the difference between college and the national team, his playing days, something you might not know about his brothers and much more.
Click here to listen to The Counter Attack with Greg Mescell. Go Team USA!
Christopher W. Harper, PT and KT Tape Medical Advisory Board Member, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about KT Taping:
1. Is KT Taping a cure for an injury?
I do not use the word "cure" with KT Tape. Even as a practicing therapist I may say that I assisted the patient in solving a problem related to mechanics or inflammation. If a runner uses ibuprofen and symptoms improve, this does not equate to a cure. Use of the tape does not replace other treatment or common sense but rather serves as a modality in prevention or recovery most often in conjunction with standard care. KT Tape can be used to aid the athlete during their work day, training session, or event.
2. Does the tape actually do anything, or does it just remind you to do something?
In short, to some degree, both. Most athletes, with the tape properly applied by a therapist, will hardly notice the tape during their activity, so to say it has a conscious influence on the athlete is not always the case. Appropriate taping cues motor response through somatosensory (information received in the skin and deep tissues) feedback in theory. This can change mechanics and some of the causative factors of the injury.
Kinesiology taping reminds you (though be it mostly on a subconscious level) of what you should be doing. To put it simply, having the tape on your skin is much like a physical therapist providing tactile cues for patients through movement, to provide a kinesthetic sense in either inhibiting or facilitating muscle activity.
3. What additional circulatory benefits does the tape provide that arent already provided by running itself?
Lymphatic taping techniques have been studied to show improvement in lymphatic flow, but lymphatic applications are not taught to the public because assessment by a certified therapist is recommended. Lymphatic techniques work best with movement including exercise if the activity is not exacerbating the problem.
4. Is thin stretchy tape really strong enough to be effective at supporting muscles or mechanical correction during running?
Mechanical correction is achieved more through cueing the body. The connective tissue (such as fascia) is most likely what is influenced by the tape rather than physically supporting a muscle. Support is often the term the public uses to describe the sensation of the tape on skin, similar to the sensation felt with a neoprene sleeve which does not offer actual structural support.
This sensation of support is due to changes in proprioception, the unconscious perception of spatial orientation and movement from stimuli within the body. Simply put, proprioception is the bodys sense of how it should move to function properly, and this sense is enhanced by tape being applied properly over the skin and underlying structures.
Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape has also been used by healthcare providers and the public alike for a variety of other taping methodologies due to its breathable cotton weave, application bias (can corner/bend the tape), elasticity, and adherent qualities when applied properly. Providers have used this tape for a combination of taping techniques including McConnell, mechanical assist, edema and functional correction applications with great results.
In conclusion, taping techniques can be used very effectively by clinicians in treating athletes in the injury recovery process. But once the tape leaves the clinical setting it does not lose its ability to be an effective tool for the public. I instruct my own patients how to self-tape for various issues in conjunction with a specific home exercise program to foster empowerment of the patient to self-manage their goals and conditions as appropriate.
For more information on KT Tape and application instructions, visit www.kttape.com/instructions.