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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Hamstring Pain? Sneak Peek Preview of NEW KT Tape App!

    Here is the sneak peek video for one our newest applications for hamstring strain!  Read below for more details on how to use KT Tape to prevent injury, recover faster, and play harder than ever before!

    Where do I apply KT Tape for hamstring relief?

    Apply the base of KT Tape on the area just above the back of the knee. Be careful not to tape in the space directly behind the knee (nervous system issues, uncomfortable, and not necessary). Apply the tape towards and over the first part of the glutes with 10-20% stretch - while all skin is on stretch. Bend forward at the hips and have the knee in full extension to achieve maximum stretch on this skin. Lay the end down with no stretch. You can repeat this on the inner and outer hamstrings for even greater effect.

    Why do hamstring injuries occur?

    Hamstring injuries can occur for many reasons including, but not limited to: over-activity or insufficient rest, over-abrupt changes in direction or twisting during activity, dehydration, inadequate nutrition, or stretching the muscle too far. A lack of flexibility or training, muscle imbalance, or poor form can lead to frequent hamstring injuries as well.

    How does KT Tape help?

    This application can be used for most all hamstring issues including soreness, tightness, tears, spasms, and general pain. The application helps to relax the hamstring muscles while your foot is off of the ground in order to promote the healing process and give the muscle a break. Consequently, this application also helps to assist the muscles during contraction as your hips move over your feet. Increased blood flow results from the surface sensation and rushes more nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties to the area. With this assist in relaxation and activation, as well as the additional nutrients and anti-inflammatory components, you are sure to see a reduction in re-injury and healing time.

    What else can I do to prevent further pain or injury?

    To help alleviate the causes of hamstring injuries, make sure you stretch dynamically before activity. This means do some high knee raises, lunges, and squat thrusts prior to your high intensity activity. Drinking plenty of water and taking in sufficient electrolytes will drastically reduce all issues with muscles and help you to perform at a higher level. If muscle imbalance is the issue, consider visiting a professional for a KT Tape application that will help to activate those weaker muscles and inhibit the muscles that are overactive. And as always with an injury, consider decreasing activity while taping and icing.

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  6. Ironman Athletes Race Over 140 Miles With KT Tape

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    The second-ever St. George Ironman kicked off last week, and KT Tape was a major player for many of the Ironman athletes there!  Dr. Jacob Luce of Luce Chiropractic and Dr. Tom Fletcher were two of the sports medicine doctors that treated athletes leading up to the race.

    The winners of the 2011 St. George Ironman winner battled fiercely through high temperatures and a difficult course.  The winner for the men came down to the last mile of the race- with Mathias Hecht (8:32:03) followed closely by Maik Twelsiek who finished less than two minutes behind (8:33:46).  Hecht’s finishing time set a new course record by over eight minutes.

    For the women, Heather Wurtele won her second St. George Ironman (she also won in 2010) with a margin of more than 35 minutes over second place Jackie Arendt (10:06:36).  Despite the heat Wurtele set a new course record with a time of 9:30:33.

    Dr. Luce and Dr. Fletcher were onsite the week leading up to race to treat athletes preparing to compete.  This year the field had 1500 athletes, and the most popular triathlete injuries taped were:

    1. Knee/IT band syndrome

    2. Ankle

    3. Hamstring

    4. Low back

    5. Shoulder

    Click on the links above to view taping instructions for each of these applications.  To view more pictures of athletes taped at the St. George Ironman, visit the KT Tape Facebook page.

    To view race results for the 2011 St. George Ironman, click here.

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  7. Jamaica Track & Field Stars Sport KT Tape at Penn Relays

    superbowl xlv 2011Check out the event report below from the chiropractic team that used KT Tape at the United State's largest Track & Field event last month:

    As a tradition, the best of Jamaica’s Track and Field athletes convene and compete at the biggest track and field event in the USA, the Penn Relays. This is the fourth year in a row where Team Jamaica employed a sports chiropractic team to provide care to their athletes.       A popular component of their care was proprioceptive tape. KT Tape was provided this year in Jamaican Team colors: Black, Yellow and Green.    As expected, the most common taping was for lower extremity conditions such as shin splints and hamstring strains.

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  8. KT Tape Launches Education Programs

    Logo_thumbnailThis weekend at the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium, KT Tape will launch its new on-site and online education programs.

    The KT Tape PRO EDU Program has partnered with California Education Connection (CEC), one of the leading education firms serving Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractic Physicians and other healthcare professionals.  Live, two-day workshops across the country are available to help professionals learn how to use KT Tape as a comprehensive modality for helping patients improve function, reduce pain, and recover faster. CEC/KT Tape instruction focuses on clinical and therapeutic strategies.  For more information on specific classes, qualifications to attend, schedules, and CEUs, see

    KT Tape and Sport Medics, an online education company focused on sports medicine professionals, offer an online continuing education course called Kinesiology Taping Fundamental Applications, designed and instructed by KT Tape clinician Dr.Ted Forcum, DC, DACBSP, FICC, CSCS, ’08 Olympic Sports Medicine Team Member. The course covers the basic philosophy and techniques of kinesiology taping and instructs students how to implement 19 basic therapeutic applications. Through this multimedia course, students can learn the basics of using Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape as well as practical applications.

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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 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.


    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. National Bike to Work Week

    bike_month_dates170x170It's springtime! Time to put away your skis and wheel out your dusty bicycle. Pump up those tires and grease that old chain, because May is National Bike Month. If you're looking to show off your love of two-wheeled transportation, Bike-To-Work Week is  May 17-21. So, grab your helmet and pedal your way to the office -- just don't forget to throw in some KT Tape for your ride home a 5 o'clock.

    Promoted by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is being celebrated across the country. Check out the list of events happening in your area.

    The mission of the League of American Bicyclists is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.

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