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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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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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Here's another of 50 new apps hot off the press from the studio. This is an updated version of a proven application to address neck and shoulder muscle pain. KT Tape alleviates pain by relaxing the muscles, providing support, increasing circulation around the affected area, as well as reducing pressure on the myofascial tender spots -- all to promote the body's natural healing processes. Generally individuals will feel immediate support and pain relief upon taping.
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One of the main causes of back pain while running or engaging in any sport is poor posture. KT Tape provides a multitude of applications for supporting the neck, back, and shoulders to combat poor posture and tendonitis or strains from overuse causing pain in the neck, shoulders, or back.
Activities requiring intense concentration and limited body movement create stress that contributes to muscle pain in the neck and shoulder. Long drives, computer work, and similar activities often contribute to neck and shoulder pain.
KT Tape is helpful in relieving pain by providing support to the neck and shoulder muscles spreading the stress across a wider range of muscles. Bio feedback contributes to better posture which eases stress on the neck and shoulder. KT Tape can also relieve pressure on the points of pain in the back and send correct signaling to the muscles that allow them to relax. KT Tape increases the range of motion when recovering from inflammation and injury.
Livestrong.com recently featured an article that provides further insights into how poor posture affects your body and tips for improving your posture and reducing pain:
Pain in the upper back while running is most likely due to poor posture. There are several positions your spine can misalign while exercising. If you experience this while running, it is probable that your everyday posture could be improved as well. Avoid letting your head jut past your shoulders, keep your shoulders relaxed from your ears and work on strengthening your upper back to help relieve upper back pain.
Everyday activities, such as sitting at a desk, driving, lounging on your couch and even making dinner encourage a slumped, bent-over position where your back and shoulders are rounding forward. Over long periods of time, your body adapts to this position, creating imbalances and losing flexibility that encourages better posture. Being aware of your posture when you're not running will be the first step in improving your posture when you hit the pavement.
Dropping your head forward so that it does not line up with the rest of your body is one of the main reasons for upper back pain, poor posture and misalignment. Doing this decreases the range of motion in your neck, tightens the muscles in your chest, fatigues your upper back and shoulders, puts extra stress on your lower back and overall hinders your performance. This may be the cause of your running pain and can be corrected by running upright with your ear lobes hovering above your shoulders and your shoulders above your hips.
Tension throughout your body can create stress in your upper back and neck. Let your shoulders relax away from your ears instead of hunching them up. Lifted shoulders create a harder position for your arms to move forward and back, making your muscles fatigue faster. Work on stretching your chest, neck and shoulders to loosen up the areas that may be tight for you prior to running.
Overemphasizing strength exercises such as pushups, chest presses and anterior shoulder raises only encourages the rounded upper back, since these exercises strengthen and tighten the muscles in the front part of your upper body. When strength training, be sure to include exercises for your upper back, such as rows, reverse flyes and pullups.
Aside from proper posture and balancing your muscle groups, you should keep your running shoes updated, since running in old shoes can make your stride and posture worse. Replace them every year or every 500 miles, whichever comes first. Consider running on softer surfaces, like grass or a padded track, and focus on running in a forward motion rather than just up and down. If the pain persists or becomes problematic in other areas of your life, visit your doctor for a diagnosis.
KT Tape isnt just for sports injuries. It can be applied to treat a number of non sports related injuries varying from carpal tunnel syndrome to neck pain caused by sitting in front sitting at your office computer day in and day out. With mobile devices becoming more and more a part of our lives, De Quervian Syndrome is becoming a more common injury. De Quervian Syndrome is an inflammation or a tendinosis of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds two tendons that control movement of the thumb. It can leave you with a painful, swollen thumb with swelling up to the thumb side of the wrist as well as stiffness and trouble gripping. While the cause of De Quervian Syndrome remains idiopathic its theorized that repetitive movement of the thumb is a contributing factor. So gamers and teenage girls be forewarned, too much use of that game control or mass amounts of texting could have you end up with injured thumbs. If you should already have abused your thumbs into a painful, swollen state there is hope, KT Tape is here to help. Following are instructions by KT Tape expert Steve Baca.
Cut a 2" I strip in half, anchor base on back side of the thumb just proximal (closer to the arm) to the nail. Extend the MCP joint of the thumb (joint closest to the hand), and flex the joint in the middle of the thumb ( with the joints like this, it will look kind of like a Swan's neck). With 50% stretch, pull the tape toward the forearm and anchor the base ONLY, do not have the tape touch the skin in between the two bases, it will look like a bowstring. Lay the base down. Now flex the MCP joint and this will bring the tape that was originally not touching the skin into contact with the skin: apply. Now take a 2-3" full I strip, with tension in the middle (like a bandaid) and apply over the painful area.
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Kirstie Honeywill-Syke is a top hand cyclist who is tough as nails, sweet as pie and has placed within the top three in every race shes entered. She suffers from NMO (Neuromyelitis Optica), an autoimmune disease that attacks the optic nerves and spinal cord. Kirstie has chosen not let her illness stop her from becoming an amazing athlete in her field. Read Kirsties inspirational story and how KT Tape is helping her in obtaining her goals.
By Kirstie Honeywill-Skye: Back in May 2008 I decided that I wanted to do the Minnie 15k at Disney as I have always wanted to do a race but had never got around to doing it. I finished the race in my regular wheelchair and I found that I loved doing it so much that I wanted to do more. My doctors advised me that because of my illness I should race a hand crank (hand cycle) as a racing wheelchair would not be suitable. I am training with the goal that one day I will make it on the paralympic team; I know I have a long way to go, but I have the determination and drive to see it through.
Last year I found someone to sponsor me a crank chair which I received late February and a few weeks later I was racing in the Princess half marathon where I was the first person to finish. A little after that race, in training, I had a bad crash. It took until the beginning of the fall to get the sponsorship and parts necessary (Thanks to HED, Phil Wood & Co, Spiral & Freedom Ryder) to get back racing again. Luckily the chair was ready just before my next race at the Columbus marathon where I placed 2nd in my division. Since then I have raced in the Marine Corps Marathon(3rd place), New York Marathon(3rd place), Space Coast Marathon(2nd place), West Palm Beach Marathon(2nd place), Disneys Goofy Challenge(1st place, half and full marathon), ING Miami Marathon(1st place), Tallahassee Marathon(1st place) and Boston Marathon where I came in 1st place even though I fractured my arm around mile 9 of 26, my gears where not working, my chain was coming off and one of my handle bars fell off.
I train every day, either on the roads, trails or indoor trainer. When cycling, at the moment we do a minimum of 20 miles a day and three times a week 60 miles in one session with the goal of constantly increasing mileage to a minimum of 400 miles a week. In the summer we train in temperatures of 90++ its hard, but my attitude is that if I can go a race pace in these temperatures I can go even faster in competition when its cooler! Previously cranking 60 miles would leave my arms, shoulders and neck very sore and it would take me a long time to recover from it, but now with KT Tape I can do several of those training sessions a week. Without KT Tape I would not be able to continue racing and training.
I compete in road races, from 5k to marathons and more, my fastest marathon time to date was at the ING Miami Marathon where I finished first in my division in 1:59:01. The next step for me is to enter into Hand cycling Federation events so that I can be considered for the Paralympics. The qualifying time is 1 km in 2:30 and I can easily do 1m in that time which I have done in a marathon and that gives me a 1 km time of 1:30.
I am determined, focused and hungry for competition, when I race, even though I am in the womens class I mentally race against the men, as they are generally faster, so they are the ones I want to beat! I know I can become a top competitor and with the help of KT Tape I can reach the wins that I aspire too.
Kirstie, you are truly an inspiration. We wish you the best of luck in your future races and we are proud that you have KT Tape right there with you.
From Dave Orsborne: I remember the days when the athletic trainer would tape my ankles so tight I thought my feet would fall off from lack of circulation. Then came the fright of tearing it off. I tell people cyclists shave their legs to avoid pain when removing tape. I damn near cry when I pull a band aid off my elbow.
Along came KT Tape. It is flat, thin, and flexible. I'm sure you've seen it on TV being worn by a variety of athletes. It is made of reinforced cotton which is embedded in such a way to allow elasticity and length-wise stretch. The strips are split down the middle for various applications. This equates to stability without restricting movement (or your feet falling off).
As any trainer will tell you, there is a rhyme and reason why tape is applied in a specific manner and location. KT Tape is no different and that is where you must begin learning how to use it. Their website, www.kttape.com, has numerous videos for different applications. There is also the possibility to consult with a KT Tape specialist.
Since I'm an old guy who gets fat in winter, I seem to have many aches and pains. I've had multiple surgeries on both knees and arthritis has set in. I knew I was going to start my test there. I used KT Tape on my knees during a couple hours on the bike and at a different time playing racquetball. I had to use 2 KT strips on my knees. When you pull the backing off, the tape was tissue like. Application was easy by pulling the backing off while pressing the tape onto your skin. I also used the tape on my ankle and neck which required more than 2 strips. I continued the test over a few weeks. Simply put, it works!
The amount of relief I experienced varied depending upon where I used it and what problem I had to begin with. My knee pain never goes away but my ankle and neck pain did. It was easy to feel the difference when I did and didn't use the tape especially in my knees where the pain was most severe. During my activity, I didn't hurt as much. Afterwards, my joints weren't as stiff and I felt better more quickly. I had less inflammation. I wondered if maybe the tape was laced with some prescription pain killer!
When I started running low on my supply, I left the tape on. Come to find out, I felt better the longer it was on. KT says this is normal. It stayed on throughout my showers but did start to peel back at the ends. I was told a tip to make the tape stick better is cleaning your skin with rubbing alcohol before application. I also learned the tape's formula allows for breathability and works well in all seasons. Leaving it on didn't cause itching or skin irritation.
KT's website does a much better job than I can explaining the basis how their tape works. I can tell you it helped me in various applications. I ached less when I used it and recovered quicker. I repeated the using/not using experiment for over a month. To this day, my choice is to use it. The unfortunate irony is I still cringe when I rip it off!
Thanks to Dave and RoadCylcling.com for their great review, were glad you love our product as much as we do!
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So here is how good I think KT TAPE is......
Patient comes in one week ago today. Day prior he was training, stumbles on a trail. Knees goes anteromedial then anterolateral then finally straight to ground smacking his patellar tendon and anterior tib. Pain 10/10 at occurance. Comes in next day 7/10 pain. On crutches wearing patellar brace. He can stand on it. He can't actively extend his left knee and flexion is 85 degrees and spikes pain. Negative McMurry etc etc etc. So I asked if he'd be willing to try it. He did and above is what I used. He could actively extend to zero. AROM to 125 roughly and could stand from sitting zero pain. He walked out zero pain with crutches in one hand, brace in the other.
He came back today to be retaped. He said it ached without the tape and his gait somewhat antalgic but no crutches and nit brace. Pain 3/10. Taped him again. Pain zero. He actually started hopping around the clinic lol.
You guys have an amazing product that has made a believer of me and my patients, fellow clinicians and just a few folks who ask me about it in passing.
Exceptional work KT TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Joseph for such a great testimonial! Keep up the amazing work; that tape job is beautiful!
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