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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Wimbledon Recap: KT Tape for Common Tennis Injuries

    You saw the tennis pros sporting KT Tape at Wimbledon the last couple of weeks- want to learn more?  Check out this special report from the UK by Ketan Makwana at Medzooma.com about how KT Tape is used for common tennis injuries:

    Tennis is a sports played throughout the year on various different surfaces.  With Wimbeldon being a part of the top sporting events taking place we take a look at some of the common injuries sustained by playing tennis and how kinesiology tape can support the injury and enhance recovery.

    You have noticed during some sporting events that participants and professionals donning bright, multicoloured strips on their bodies; particularly around the shoulders, knees, elbows, thighs and wrists.

    This is kinesiology tape, a sports injury phenomenon which was introduced into the UK in the early 70s.  Kinesiology tape uses the manipulation of skin contours to support muscle and tendons, they allow for blood circulation and lymphatic drainage allowing for reduction in swelling and pain relief.  Furthermore, using kinesiology to common sporting injuries also supports mobility which enhances recovery.

    In this special blog we will look at some of the common injuries sustained whilst playing tennis. At this point I would like to stress that Kinesiology and the use of therapy tape is only a facet of your rehabilitation, we strongly recommend that you seek professional advice from your doctor or physiotherapist.

    Tennis Elbow

    Although labeled Tennis Elbow, this common injury is not just caused by playing tennis;  when you are suffering from Tennis Elbow you have actually strained the extensor tendons in the forearm. The tendons become inflamed where they join the bony part on the outside of your elbow.  Incidently, if this pain is on the inside they call it Golfer’s Elbow as the grip and twist is usually reversed.

    Usually this strain has been caused by activities that involve gripping and twisting of the forearm.  If you are suffering from Tennis Elbow and want to use therapy tape to support your recovery click on the Tennis Elbow link here to see how therapy tape is applied.

    Rotator Cuff Injuries

    Rotator cuff injury and inflammation is one the most common causes of shoulder pain. This is caused by irritation and inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff injuries tend to have a sudden onset, so you feel pain almost immediately.

    As in most cases with injuries of this type it is caused by overuse of the shoulder, particularly in tennis the shoulder is put through intense usage with serving and also reciprocating shots of the ball in reply to the opponent.

    For shoulder injuries and details on how to strap up using Kinesiology Tape for injuries such as rotator cuff please click here.

    Wrist Tendonitis

    This is the irritation and inflammation of the tendons around the wrist.

    The most common and consistent complaint of patients diagnosed with wrist tendonitis is pain over the area of the inflammation; swelling surrounding soft tissues is also common.

    Check out the video on using Kinesiology tape for wrist injuries by clicking here.

    Achilles Tendonitis

    The Achilles Tendon is the large tendon at the back of the ankle; it connects the large calf muscle to the heel bone and provides the power for walking a running.

    Achilles Tendon injuries are very painful and prevent you from walking, injuries can be sustained from inflammation of the tendon due to overuse.  This is very common in sports such as tennis and football and can take the sufferer several weeks or months to remedy.

    Kinesiology tape is designed to support this type of common injury, to see how you can use therapy tape to support the injury click here.

    Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band)

    IT Band pain, like Achilles Tendonitis, can be very painful, and knee symptoms can prevent walking.  It is often found in sports enthusiasts and also in women during pregnancy.

    The band pain is caused by superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the thigh extending from the outside of the pelvis to over the hips and knees.  As the band stabilizes, movement such as walking and running with continuous rubbing of the band can cause inflammation.

    Symptoms range from a stinging sensation just above the knee joint to swelling and thickening of the tissue.  Unlike rotator cuff injuries the pain is not onset or sudden and may not actually be felt during exercise or movement, however this can intensify later…

    To read the entire article, visit Medzooma.com.

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  4. Inspired by McIlroy's U.S. Open Win? Tips for Tee Time

    This weekend KT Tape fans watched as 22-year-old Rory McIlroy broke U.S. Open history this weekend at Congressional Country Club Golf Course in Bethesda, MD.  He broke over 12 records at the 2011 U.S. Open Championship this weekend, including the widest U.S. Open margin of victory on record at 16 shots below par.

    Feeling inspired to up your golf game?  Consider taping preventatively before you hit the driving range with KT Tape Golfer’s Elbow application.  Among golfers, Golfer’s Elbow is most prevalent at the beginning of the season or when there is a sudden increase in activity. 

    Golfers Elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a common overuse injury that is a form of tendonitis. Pain results from inflammation of the tendons as they attach to the inside of the elbow. The pain radiates down the inside of the forearm. Causes can include poor body mechanics and improper fitted equipment. The condition usually goes away with rest. KT Tape can be helpful in managing the pain and remaining active using the following application.

    So if you’re just getting back into the game or restarting your 2011 season, be sure to check out the KT Tape Golfer’s Elbow instructional video.  Then to make a reservation at a golf course in your area, visit the Active.com Golf Course Directory and tee up!

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