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  1. KT Tape gives runner confidence to train harder and reach milestones.

    We are happy to share another inspiring guest post by KT Tape fan Taylor Johnson aka "Happy Girl": On July 16, 2012 I set a goal for myself. I would run Disney's Princess Half Marathon in February 2013. But you don't go from an uncoordinated non-workout kind of girl to a runner that easily. I injured my IT Band / patella in December and was in physical therapy for weeks prior to the marathon. My therapist advised against the half-marathon. I was disappointed because I had been training so hard but with my therapist's permission I decided to still fly down to Orlando and run/walk the 5k instead. She told me to take it easy and go slow. I needed to cross a finish line and I did with the help of tape. At the Disney runner's Expo, I picked up my registration materials and bought the t-shirt ("Sorry Prince, Gotta Run!). I also discovered a KT Tape booth where experts were available to tape areas on runners that needed extra support. The line was extraordinarily long so I thought if these fit, experienced runners needed taping, I should do it as well. As I sat on the exam table I explained my knee injury to the KT Tape expert who then quickly taped my knee. As soon as I stood up I could feel the difference. My knee felt supported and the clicking that I felt with each step was gone. He told me the tape could last up to 7 days (regular KT Tape up to 3 days and KT Tape Pro up to 7 days). It felt so good that I bought a roll of pink KT Tape to support my knee for the rest of my two week trip. I was concerned about being able to do it myself but he told me that the videos on the KT Tape YouTube Channel would make me a taping expert. (KT Tape works for all sorts of injuries including knee, ankle, arm, back and shoulders.) During the 5k this tape not only helped my physically I felt confident that the KT Tape supported my knee so well that I could put my all into the 5k and not hold back. The KT Tape stayed on well in water and peeled off easily when I was ready to remove it.

    Before I flew home from Florida I ordered more tape and I have been using almost every day. I did forget to apply it one day and I felt unstable a couple miles from home. I actually thought about calling my husband to come get me because I was worried about the lack of support for my knee. On that run, however, I just walked slowly home and didn't complete my goal. Using KT Tape helps me train harder and gives me the confidence to push myself to reach each milestone. So far, that means 80 pounds gone. I love this product and I also like that it comes in fun colors like Hero Pink and Winner Green (seen above.) This is how easy it is. Click here to see the Full Knee Support Video If you'd like to share your experience as a guest blogger send us an email at thx
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  2. KT Tape Sponsored Surfer takes Bronze at ISA World Masters

    KT Tape made it possible for me to surf in the ISA World Masters of Surfing in Ecuador. Heading into the world contest, I was training several hours a day and I was pushing through back and shoulder injuries. I was actually considering not competing because my back spasms were so painful, I could barely surf. I tried acupuncture and physical therapy (which provided some relief), but the KT Tape was the one thing that pulled me through and made it possible for me to compete. I'm a year-round competitive surfer; training hard and having reliable equipment are the most important things for me (besides God and my faith). I would not have been able to get 6th in the world and help Team USA get the Bronze metal without KT Tape. Thanks KT Tape! Rick Takahashi Team USA
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  3. Guest Blogger: I Never thought I would run again...

    We are happy to share another inspiring guest post by KT Tape fan Kim D. from Lake Stevens, WA:

    My name is Kim, I am a 38 year old mom who started running 3 years ago. KT Tape Success Story

    When I started running, I knew nothing other than what I read online. My 1st half marathon time was 3:50:45. I was just happy to finish. I thought I might be able to do a bit better than that so I signed up for Seattle Rock n Roll in June 2010 finishing in 3:14:23. I was happy.

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  4. Laura will ride until no child has to know what the word cancer means.

    I am proud to be sponsored by KT Tape. I consider it to be an extension of my body, perhaps family!! I am often mummified in it!

    I started in Triathlon not knowing how addicted I would get to the sport, or the medical issues that I would face. I was always slow, often the last finisher. I was proud of being that ‘fat girl’ that finished triathlons, but it wasn’t enough. I started writing a blog and it turned out to be a great venue for other women just like me, overweight and/or facing just normal life’s issues!

    Six years later and countless (albeit slow) races under my belt including a Half Ironman and an ultra distance Aquabike, I decided it time to step it up with Ironman Florida and my second go at a large fundraising ride; Pan Mass Challenge. The PMC is a 192 mile bike ride across MA to benefit cancer research and care. I raised over $7,000 last time and I hope to do the same this time. I ride in honor of my friend’s courageous four year old who is has been fighting the good fight since she was 18 months old! I will ride and advocate until no children have to even know what the word Cancer means!

    I have unique fundraisers to tackle part of the $4500 minimum contribution! I am holding an ‘everybody wins’ raffle at TriMania, pay $20 for a ticket and win a prize worth at least $20. It is a ton of work, but worth it because 100% of rider donations go directly to care and research and we need to find a cure for cancer.

    In addition to my fitness and fundraising goals, I have become an active advocate for EDS. I have the rare genetic disorder (EDS) “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome” which is a connective tissue disorder and it affects me by subluxing bones and straining muscles all the time. It makes athletics difficult in general, but KT Tape has become my lifeline! I even had an episode where K TTAPE saved my bike! During an aquabike Ultra race, my aerobar pad fell off and I just used a piece of KT TAPE to hold it together!

    I am even known to randomly tape people in pain. A friend had just crossed an Ironman distance Triathlon with excruciating Plantar Fasciitis; I had some in my bag and asked if I could tape his foot. He made a face because I offered to touch is foot after 10 hrs and 140.6 miles of racing! The end result was great though, the next day he had no pain! I love that!

    I don’t know how I lived before KT Tape, it now always has a coveted spot in my bike pocket, or hydration pack, I never know when I might need it!

    Thank you KT Tape!


    Check out my fundraising site.

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  5. Rodney Hocutt a Rock-n-Roll Rockstar!

    I want to share with you a short KT Tape story. I am a 46 year old cancer patient who underwent a double knee replacement 18 months ago. Since then, I have run 3 half marathons and a full marathon - but with severe pain. My artificial knees are in a constant state of pain and preclude me from even training for a big race. This memorial day weekend, I ran the Rock-N-Roll half marathon, but this time I got taped up by Joseph McCaleb. I ran the race and could not believe the difference. My knees hurt less after the 13.1 miles than they did for the previous months of just cardio exercise. For those of you who are skeptical of KT Tape - believe me when I say that it has made a world of difference for me. I am running the marine corps full marathon in october, and I will be taping up for every training session to prepare for it. I always believed that KT Tape was just another fad that mindless sheep did because they saw somebody on TV do it - but I could not be happier to have been proven wrong. Thank you for such a wonderful product, as well as making people such as Joseph McCaleb available to the uninitiated; such as myself. Rodney Hocutt
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  6. Try and Guess the Worst Injuries in the NBA and NCAA. [INFOGRAPHIC]

    A sport of springs, jumps, and quick stops is bound to take a toll on the legs, knees, and feet. Basketball players see their fair share of injuries, typically from overuse or minor trauma. Usually, they heal and return to the court. But that's not always the case. Sometime a basketball player who gets blindsided gets sidelined. The following graphic takes a look at some of the worst injuries ever in the NBA, the three most common injuries in the NBA, and how injuries in the NCAA compare.
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  7. Who Runs A Marathon? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Did you run a marathon last year? People are lining up in droves to run the hottest marathons in the US such as the Chicago marathon, one of the Rock n Roll marathons, the LA marathon, or the many others. We know because we are there. In 2011, more than half a million Americans completed a marathon. Each year marathons grow in popularity and exhibit a greater diversity in their participants. However, the number of injuries sustained year after year has remained unchanged. Leave a comment and let us know why you think the number of injuries is not increasing.

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    Who Runs A Marathon

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  8. The Truth about ITB Syndrome

    KT Tape Advisory Board member Dr. Hal Rosenberg, DC explains the causes, symptoms, and best treatment practices for IT band pain, with a specific focus on how KT Tape works to alleviate pain and enhance the healing process. ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is the most common cause of outer knee pain among athletes. (M. Fredericson. Practical Management of Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome in Runners. Clin J Sport Med: May 2006 - Vol 16 (3) p 261-8) It develops as a non-traumatic, gradual increase of pain that is within the category of overuse syndromes. This condition is usually seen in runners and cyclists, but athletes of other sports can be affected as well. In ITB syndrome, pain in the outer knee is felt with foot contact in runners and as the knee extends (straightens) in cyclists.  ITB syndrome is also seen in athletes who participate in tennis, soccer, volleyball, and skiing. Anatomy of the IT Band Anatomically, the ITB is an extension of the Gluteus Maximus (GMax) and Tensor Fascia Lata (TFL) muscles of the hip. These muscles join together in a “Y” formation just below the pelvis and run down the outer thigh to attach just below the knee joint – to a spot called Gerdy’s Tubercle on the Tibia (shin bone). The function of the ITB is to provide stability to the thigh and knee joint. Evaluation of ITB Syndrome The evaluation of ITB Syndrome begins with an injury history of the athlete and a standard biomechanical and orthopedic evaluation. Common findings include poor control/stability of the outer hip stabilizers (primarily Gluteus Medius), core musculature, and/or over pronation of the foot. Pain can often be elicited by pressing along the outer knee along the course of the ITB, but otherwise there are no specific problems detected at the knee. When the Gluteus Medius is weak or inhibited, it does not keep the pelvis level when weightbearing – such as during stance phase while running or pedaling while cycling. This allows the pelvis to “dip” on the opposite side. The body’s response to this is to contract other muscles to compensate – in this case the GMax and TFL – which end up tightening the ITB. As tension within the ITB increases, it puts pressure on the structures of the outer knee and causes pain. Also tied in with Gluteus Medius stability is muscular control of the core. Muscular control of the core involves all of the muscles that wrap around the midsection of the body and extend down to the hips. When they contract they have a bracing affect. To visualize this, think about how you would tighten your muscles if someone were to hit you in the stomach, you were to hit a baseball, or shoot a basketball. You should notice that muscles contract in a ring-like formation around your mid-section. Overpronation of the foot, as mentioned above, also ties into lower extremity biomechanics. Pronation is a normal phase of gait which allows the foot to conform to the ground as it contacts it during foot strike. Overpronation occurs when the foot rolls in too far during foot strike. Treatment of ITB Syndrome As with most treatments in sports medicine, the treatment of ITB is multifaceted. Treatment begins with symptomatic relief of the pain. This can be achieved with icing the knee to decrease pain and inflammation. Gel ice packs designed for sports injuries are the best and should be applied over top of a moist paper towel barrier. Ice no longer than 15 minutes per hour and remove the ice if it becomes too painful or once the area becomes numb. KT Tape is a type of Kinesiology Tape that can be effective in treating ITB pain. When applied properly, KT Tape can help to relieve ITB pain by decreasing pain of rubbing or compression along the outer knee, as well as to help decrease swelling and inflammation. KT Tape is an elastic athletic tape that stretches lengthwise, but not widthwise. It is applied with a slight stretch on the tape and a slight stretch on the skin; when the tape recoils, it has a lifting effect on the skin. This lifting effect decreases pressure, which in turn helps to reduce pain. This same pressure decrease, combined with channels embedded within the adhesive of the tape, also helps to create a conduit to clear swelling. A further description of KT Tape and instruction on how to tape for ITB Syndrome can be found here. The next aspect of treatment involves addressing soft tissue restrictions within the muscles, tendons. This is achieved by a number of soft tissue techniques such as Dynamic Motion Therapy (DMT), myofascial realease therapy, massage therapy, and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization therapy (IASTM). The goal of these therapies is to release excessive tension, scar tissue, and adhesions. When these restrictions are present in the soft tissue structures, they can cause pain as well as mechanically restrict motion patterns. Chiropractic manipulation and mobilisation of the low back and pelvis has also shown to be effective to address pelvic rotations that result from muscle imbalance. Foot stabilization must also be addressed if that is a contributing issue. A running gait analysis is utilized to address biomechanical imbalances, determine shoe prescription, and it one aspect to determine the need for orthotics. The final component of ITB Syndrome treatment involves exercise rehabilitation to restore the normal biomechanical stabilization. Working with a qualified sports chiropractor, physical therapist, or exercise rehabilitation therapist will help to correct biomechanical imbalances – and in doing so you will not only decrease your risk for injury but also improve your overall efficiency. Conclusion ITB syndrome is a common injury in endurance athletes, but it can also be seen in other sporting populations. Prevention starts with good biomechanics and proper core stabilization. Once injured, athletes can effectively be treated with specific soft tissue techniques, chiropractic manipulation, KT Taping, and exercise rehabilitation.   About the Author Dr. Hal Rosenberg is a member of the USA Triathlon medical staff, has served a Sports Medicine rotation at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, and is a certified coach for USA Cycling. As a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP), Dr. Rosenberg specializes in the treatment of athletes. He has a diverse clinical approach by combining chiropractic, exercise rehabilitation, functional performance enhancement, Functional Movement Screening (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Graston Technique (GT) soft tissue therapy, and kinesiology KT Tape where he also serves on the medical advisory board. Dr. Rosenberg is a former instructor of Active Release Techniques (ART) soft tissue therapy. An Ironman and endurance athlete himself, Dr. Rosenberg's clinical practice includes athletes of all levels and disciplines. Additionally, Dr. Rosenberg is a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic West where he teaches Sports Medicine. "My goal is to get you out of pain and back to an active and healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible. I educate my patients on how to stay healthy, active, and avoid injuries. I strive to deliver immediate and lasting relief from pain and enhance daily performance."   - Hal Rosenberg, DC, QME, CCSP  
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  9. Day to Day Dangers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, popular sporting activities for nearly all ages rack up an impressive number of treated injuries and hospitalizations throughout the year.

    We examine national injury estimates from a CPSC survey of more than 90 hospitals to find out which sports are the most dangerous.

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    KT Tape Day To Day Dangers

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  10. Young Bloods: The Truth about High School Sports [INFOGRAPHIC]

    High school athletes have always debated which sport is the toughest and most dangerous. The bigger issue, however is safety. As more and more athletes are getting into year-round sports, and competing at higher levels, there is growing concern for the safety of high school athletes and the long term effects that injuries have both on and off the field.

    The following graphic takes a look at which sports are the most dangerous, if boys or girls are getting hurt more, and how much time is being lost for recovery.

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