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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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Summer is here, and its the season of Ultimate! Also commonly known as Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate is a fast growing but lesser-known sport that is played frequently by just over .8 million Americans per year. Have you ever played Ultimate? Now could be the time to start!
Before you head out to the field, you might want to review the basic rules and some of the fun facts behind why you should play from USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the U.S. (see below).
What is Ultimate?
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponents end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field.
Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds.
Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men and women, girls and boys.
Why Play Ultimate?
ULTIMATE IS FUN
There is a reason why hundreds of new people begin playing Ultimate each year. Ultimate is genuinely fun and exciting. The unique flying options of the disc mean that no two throws look alike and the options are limitless.
It's relatively new in the world of sports (since 1968) and has been gaining rapidly in popularity ever since. Players of all ages and levels enjoy the unique challenges this sport offers. Once you get started you will be hooked on Ultimate.
ULTIMATE KEEPS YOU ACTIVE AND HELPS YOU STAY HEALTHY
From the beginner to the elite player, Ultimate is a terrific sport that offers challenges at all levels of play. Ultimate combines athletic skills of running, catching and throwing. Additional skills and athleticism beyond that are left up to the player's imagination. Many athletes of other sports find the transition to Ultimate both easy and rewarding, as the sport requires many of the same techniques as basketball, soccer and even lacrosse. Whether you play-pick up occasionally at the local park or practice three times a week with your team, playing Ultimate will leave you feeling energized and alive.
ULTIMATE IS A REAL SPORT
Although Ultimate is sometimes stigmatized as a "tree-hugger" sport, in reality Ultimate is a legitimate sport with a national governing body. Ultimate is a real sport, with official rules, leagues, competitions at all age levels. Ultimate demands extraordinary fitness, endurance and skill; an intellect which understands the physics of the disc and strategies of play; as well as an honest and trusting temperament committed to the Spirit of the Game. Ultimate is a great sport to begin as a child or to start getting into as an adult; due to the sport's relative newness, the Ultimate family welcomes any player that has an interest.
ULTIMATE IS EASY TO PICK UP
Ultimate is a great sport for school districts or anyone who is interested in trying something new and different with minimal costs. The equipment needed to play are incredibly few and relatively inexpensive. In addition to a low cost, Ultimate combines athletic skills that children learn through out their physical educations and can be easily applied to the sport of Ultimate. Due to the low cost and the easy transition from other sports, Ultimate is a perfect sport to introduce students.
ULTIMATE BUILDS CHARACTER
Ultimate develops acceptance of responsibility for one's own behavior. Participation truly builds character, self-reliance, listening and negotiating skills and leadership qualities due to the sport's official rules of Spirit of the Game. In addition, more and more top colleges have serious Ultimate teams and playing from a young age may give students a competitive edge when applying to schools.
This weekend the KT Tape team tore up the tape for marathon and half marathon runners at the National Marathon Expo in Washington, DC. We were joined by Nova Pain and Rehab Chiropractor Dr. Amy Grabowski, who specializes in chiropractic, athletic rehab, and sports injury prevention in Arlington, VA and is a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association.
Congratulations to all the athletes who finished the race despite the record cold temperatures- well see you there next year!
If you were a registered participant of the race, click on this link to take the 2011 NATIONAL MARATHON POST RACE SURVEY.
To view the preliminary race results, click here.
Im KT Taping my knees tonight and hitting an 8-mile in the morning. Mike
Im KT Taping my heels and running the Tokyo Marathon wish you guys were here promoting your fantastic product! Satoshi
Soccer (futbol) tournament in Riverside, CA this weekend for my 13 year old girl Jose
I am KT Taping my knee and hitting 7 miels tomorrow, and 13 miles on Sunday! Matthew
Tapering for Little Rock Daniel
I will be recovering from my vacation where, ironically, I did a whole bunch of KT TAPING loved it! Joe
Performing massages and taping runners at the Disney princess marathon they really wished you guys were there! LOL Desmond
Tapin my athletes at the Western Athletic Conference swim and dive championships in San Antonio! Steve
This avid KT Tape fan was caught running through the Austin Marathon Expo last weekend- with both knees taped! Free KT Tape and Taping Demos was offered from both the Hill Country Running Company and the Texas Running Company booths. Over 25,000 athletes came through the expo for the race. Once again, the most popular injury taped for marathon runners at this expo was the knees- either Runner's Knee or IT Band Pain at the Knee. Even the purple chicken couldn't resist being taped for knee support!
In addtion to runners for the Austin Marathon, we also taped a number of younger athletes preparing for a world karate championship. Their most common injuries were bruising and swelling, so the KT Tapers taped them for stability and edema.
This weekend there will be MORE free KT Taping at the Gasparilla Marathon in Tampa, FL and the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out the KT Tape Events Page for details. We'll see you there!
We had a blast last month at the Walt Disney World Marathon Expo. Over 60,000 fans visited the expo and we taped non-stop through the whole race weekend! Here are a few of our favorite taping experiences- including the most unusual and most popular injuries we witnessed
Favorite Quote from a New Customer: I have not felt this good in ten years! Yoram, after applying KT Tape on his Achilles Tendon for the first time.
From Pam, Goofy Challenge Finisher: I ran the Goofy (39.3 miles within 24 hours) with Plantar Fasciitis and a heel spur had a WONDERFUL experience and am recovering better than ever because of my KT Tape. Thank you for the teams incredible (and hard!) work at the Expo. You all were wall-to-wall both days. Grateful.
From Andy, a devoted KT Tape user: Thanks for running with me and supporting my right ankle throughout the race. Couldn't have made it to this point without you! I look forward to seeing you all for sure at next year's Disney Marathon! (and everytime I look in my gym bag!! LOL ;)
From Mike, a first-time KT Taper: I met you this past weekend and you taped up my IT Bands! I finished my first Marathon and I dont think I could have done it without your help!
From Ron, a frequent KT Taper: Thanks for taping my foot both days at Disney. It made a huge difference and I may have not finished the marathon without it. You helped me a lot and a felt like I was getting personalized service which is amazing considering how many people you taped that weekend. You helped a lot of people that weekend. Good job. From Chelsea, after her first self-application of KT Tape: "You taped up my dads ankles and showed me how to tape my hip yesterday at the Disney running expo. I just wanted to thank you! I taped up last night and do not feel any pain in my hip as of yet since the marathon! My dad also said his ankles and knees feel the best they have after running a long distance! Thanks for all your help."
Most Unusual Injury: We met at the DisneyWorld race expo. I am the girl with the 2 inch sewing needle in her foot. Just thought I would drop you a note to tell you that the weekend went great. Got through both the 1/2 and the full marathons without any pain. Yipee! Between the KT tape and some acupuncture, it made all the difference between what would have been complete agony and a fun Disney experience. I will definitely be trying the KT tape again in the future and have already recommended it to some of my running friends. So, thanks for taping up my toe and foot! Super grateful!
Most Popular Injury Taped at Disney Marathon Expo:
As many of you guessed, its RUNNERS KNEE!
Happy Valentines Day! We are always excited to hear that our customers LOVE KT Tape, so on this Valentines Day we decided to share the LOVE and post our customers own words:
I LOVE KT Tape- it helps me so much with my runners knee. I run an average of 20-25 miles a week- What a difference KT Tape makes. Im running in a half marathon every month this year and probably would not be able to do this without the help of the KT Tape. Thank you so much! -David T.
Well I want to tell my story!! Ran at the Thunder Road Marathon and I was going in with sore calves from calf pulls. I saw the vendor there at the expo and he KT taped me upI ran a half marathon with NO calf pain! LOVE IT!!! -Kelly
Ive had horrible shin splints since November and I couldnt train for the Arizona RocknRoll Half Marathon the way Id wanted to. It was my first half and I was really worried I would end up walking it. I saw the KT Tape booth at the expo and figured, what the heck? Well, after KT Taping I felt better instantly and I was able to run the Half Marathon with NO pain (something I havent done in 8 weeks!, and finished 5 min ahead of my goal time. I LOVE KT TAPE! -Chrissy S.
I'm a runner who recently fell in LOVE with KT Tape. My son, an 8 year old competitive gymnast, is in LOVE with it, too. He calls it "Miracle Tape!" He recently had a lot of pain in the top of his foot, and after asking about it on the KT Tape facebook page and getting some super advice - I was able to tape his foot with great results. He was back in the gym the next day! He had no pain during his floor routine and, even I - a diehard KT Tape fan - was surprised when he had no pain on dismounts from rings, highbar, or P-bars! Thanks so much for helping me get my little gymnast back in the gym! -Jacquelynn L.
I LOVE KT tape. I had a grade III AC separation, and I tried the general shoulder taping method and it works well. Thank you, KT Tape rocks! - Eric L.
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Last month, Dr. Nate Bixby traveled with the Dakota Spirit Cheerleading Team to the JAMFest Cheer Super Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Bixby was on hand to keep the girls healthy through the event, and that included taping with KT Tape in the Dakota Spirit team colors! Rather than allowing injury to detract from their performance or appearance, KT Tape enabled the Dakota Spirit athletes to compete at their best while showing their team spirit- Go Red and Blue!
Dakota Spirit Teams won the both the Enfuego and Magnum National Championship, and were crowned as the Sportsmanship winner. In the Enfuego they were grand champions for all of level 4!
As a program, Dakota Spirit won JamFest National Philanthropic Contributor of the Year.
In their first year of competition in the Ignite and Fury divisions, Dakota Spirit teams placed 4th and 3rd respectively. And they placed 3rd in the Blaze and 9th in the Xplosion competitions.
Congratulations to the Dakota Spirit Team from Sioux Falls, South Dakota!
To view all of KT Tape's team colors, visit the KT Tape Store.