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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. New KT Tape Applications for Bicep, Tennis Elbow, and Thumb Pain

    Here are three more new KT Tape video's requested by our customers on Twitter and Facebook. If you'd like to request a video please let us know.

    BICEP

    Here's a brand new video fro bicep strains. KT Tape can help relieve the pain in the bicep by relaxing a damaged muscle, increasing blood flow to reduce inflammation, or relieving pressure off of the area. However, pain at the bicep can range from a minor issue to a severe problem. If you are uncertain, see a medical professional.

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    TENNIS ELBOW

    This video is an update for our tennis elbow application. KT Tape helps to treat tennis elbow by increasing circulation to a relatively nonvascular area. KT Tape also decreases pressure and creates fascial manipulations to immediately reduce pain. To minimize healing time, one should also perform light progressive stretching of the forearm muscles, ice after activity, implement massage, and focus on core movements rather than overuse of the extremities. NSAIDs may also be taken to reduce pain and any inflammation that may be present. Once symptoms have subsided, implementation of a strength training program targeted at the shoulders, back, and core will help to reduce strain on the forearm. Technique improvement during sport or occupation will also greatly reduce the occurrence of tennis elbow.

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    THUMB

    Here's another new KT Tape video for thumb pain. KT Tape has been shown to provide support during motion of the thumb and wrist, and has markedly reduced pain in many subjects. KT Tape also increases circulation to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process.

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    We have many more new applications to come so check back tomorrow for more. For a full list of new applications see check here. Leave a comment and let us know what you think? Thx!

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  5. KT Tape for Arthritis

    arthritisWe all know KT Tape isn’t just for athletes. It has many practical uses for everyday aches and pains as well.  Back pain, foot pain and other day-to-day maladies can be treated with KT Tape.

    This time of year, winter's harsh temperatures can make arthritis and other joint issues particularly painful.  To help ease the pain and promote blood circulation, KT Tape can be applied to the affected joints.

    Though KTTape.com has a plethora of applications for specific injuries,  arthritis pain can be very specialized, so we recommend finding a local KT Tape clinician to consult with about the best way to tape for your personal arthritis pain.   Let KT Tape help and don’t let winter arthritis slow you down.

    For KT Tape applications click here.

    To find a KT Tape professional in your area click here.

    To email a question to one of our KT Tape experts click here.

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  6. KT Tape Continues to Shred

    NicholasDunlop2We recently shared a testimonial from KT Tape user and action sports athlete Nicholas Dunlop, a skateboarder from Venice, California. He’s been tearing it up at the Venice Skate Park and sent us this new photo of him taped up, taken by Julian Bleecker.

    Nicholas has been sharing KT Tape with his fellow skaters  and the response has been awesome.  With common skate injuries like sprained ankles, wrists and jammed fingers, we know KT Tape is right at home within the skateboarding community.  We’re excited KT Tape is helping these athletes stay at the top of their game.  Keep doin' what you do, guys and gals!

    Thanks for sharing the KT Tape love, Nicholas, one strip at a time.  We're proud to be worn by amazing action sports athletes like yourself.

    For more on the Venice Skate Park visit their website.

    Photography by Julian Bleecker

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  7. Wait, There's an App for THAT?

    babyheadKT Tape has endless possibilities, it is not just limited strictly to the suggested online instructions.  If you can name it -- KT Tape can probably help.  A fan on Facebook asked this question –

    “My daughter is a cheerleader & somehow injured her big toe, like where you would get a bunion?  Any ideas as how to tape it so it can heal & she can feel some relief?  Thanks for the advice.”

    KT Tape’s suggestion? – Tape the toe similar to taping a finger in the finger jam application.  You can cut the anchor (logo) side off of an I-strip, tear the perforation down the middle, and have two thin strips.  Use one on top of the other for extra support and cushion.

    KT Tape to the rescue, if even a bit unconventional.

    Visit the KT Tape Facebook page to brows discussions on other ways people are using KT Tape.

    We love it when customers get creative, just remember to use caution when experimenting with a new and inventive application and it’s always best to ask our KT Tape Expert on the instructions page or consult a KT Tape trained clinician first.

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  8. KT Tape Available at REI

    reiREI 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.

    Don’t 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 REI’s website.

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  9. 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

    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.

    FIELDING

    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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  10. Tough Tape for the Tough Game of Lacrosse

    While it's more popular or less popular depending on where you live in the United States, lacrosse enthusiasts say the sport continues to gain popularity nationwide.

    Lacrosse is a sport of intensity, toughness and endurance. And training for the sport is equally intense.  According to Ray Megill, founder of Performance Lacrosse"It is not only about lifting weights…to perform at your best on the field you must understand the mechanics of efficient movement. This allows the player to attain his greatest speed, quickness and strength. Playing lacrosse requires the body's full integration…anything less results in injury and poor performance."

    When you hear words or phrases like performance and movement efficiency, KT Tape might pop into your mind.  After all, kinesiology therapeutic tape enhances athletic performance and increases mobility without restricting movement.  And since lacrosse is a gave of fast stopping and starting, side-to-side and forward and backward movement, injuries are common.  (Plus, big sticks are involved.) So whether you are playing lacrosse at the college level, or picking up a stick for the first time, consider putting KT Tape into your gear bag for training, game day and post-game recovery.


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