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Using SPORTTAPE: A First Hand Account

Hey guys! I recently wrote a blog introducing myself, but for those of you who don’t know me... I’m Charlie, and I’ve been working with SPORTTAPE as a marketing intern since November 2016.

As you can probably tell from their previous blog posts, both Tom and Ieuan have been on some exciting adventures across continents, both with SPORTTAPE and in their pursuit of achieving World and Commonwealth qualifying standards. I'm a runner too although I prefer stay in the UK, quietly plugging away with my training so I can one day hope to get to their level!

I train every day, hitting anywhere between 65-85 miles per week consistently throughout the year. It goes without saying, this is a bit of a grind alongside university studies and working near enough full time. Quite often you just can’t physically push your body through it all on your own, and this is where SPORTTAPE comes in!

The first time I came across SPORTTAPE was last summer. I was warming up for my session at Cardiff International Athletics Stadium and both of my calves were in a struggling with a little pain and tightness, stemming from the achilles.

I was fortunate enough that Ieuan was promoting SPORTTAPE at the Welsh Athletics Championships in the stadium itself. He gave me some Flex Kinesiology tape and explained how to self-apply a simple I-strip over both of my achilles and calf muscles. I dried the legs down, used some TAPEON and continued warming up as normal. Incredibly I got through my session without any pain. I couldn't believe that we'd managed to get the tape to stick halfway through my warm up, let alone that it lasted through the whole session and made such a huge difference to my calf pain! I was a SPORTTAPE convert from that point on and continued using SPORTTAPE Flex to help rehab my calf.

I have continued to use SPORTTAPE Kinesiology Tape in various applications since then if and when i felt I needed it, or my physio advised me to. Most recently I used the Lumbar Spine taping application to help relieve some stiffness in my lower back caused by the physical demands of the cross country season. It worked a treat once again, staying put for a solid 5 days!

It would be great to hear how you have used SPORTTAPE in your active life! Leave a comment below! 

n.b Always remember that each taping application is unique, so what worked amazingly for me may not be the best option for you. be sure to consult your medical practitioner if you've got an ongoing issue!


SPORTTAPE in the UAE

Since 2012 SPORTTAPE has been helping medical practitioners, physics, clinicians, athletes and many other people in between play at their best and recover from injury. And since 2015, thanks to our partners Life World Medical Supplies, SPORTTAPE has been doing the same for the athletes and practitioners of the United Arab Emirates.    This past weekend, after nearly a year of organisation, we were finally able to bring the SPORTTAPE ACADEMY to the UAE for the first time. Taking place in one of Abu Dhabi's finest hospitals our first attendees ranged from physiotherapists to spinal rehab experts and occupational therapists, all eager and keen to expand their taping knowledge. 

Instructor Patrick Harding was on fine form as always, drawing from his huge wealth of taping experience to showcase specific examples of when he had used taping in practice. Taping 'rules' were challenged, such as the common but (in our opinion) incorrect theory that taping from origin to insertion affects a muscle in a different way to insertion to origin, and ideas of how tape colour can affect athlete psychology (even though there is absolutely no difference besides the colour between tapes). Some of the advanced applications in the afternoon created new and exciting discussions, especially around how Zinc Oxide Tape can be used in conjunction with Kinesiology Tape for the most effective taping applications, which were brand new for everyone in the room.

We are very much looking forward to being back in the UAE in the near future for the next SPORTTAPE ACADEMY course: our Combined Taping Course which uses both traditional and Kinesiology tape for maximum efficacy in sports taping. SPORTTAPE ACADEMY courses run all over the UK, check out all of our current courses here.

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