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One of the best parts of my job is to attend our SPORTTAPE Academy CPD courses, which is exactly what I did this past weekend at a brand new venue for us in Congleton! View full article →

Kinesiology Tape Peeling - We've got the solutions!

SPORTTAPE Flex tapes are designed to be extremely durable, with extra sticky adhesives that can stand the toughest of sporting tests. If you application is done well, we'd expect you to get at least 3 (and sometimes up to 7) days wear out of your SPORTTAPE Flex, and 1-2 days from any SPORTTAPE rigid tapes. Every now and again though, we hear about tapes peeling prematurely, which can usually be explained by the following 3 reasons:

The 3 most common reasons that applications come off prematurely:

  1. The person who has applied the tape accidentally handled the adhesive when applying the product. As soon as you touch that glue you are taking away some of the adhesive on the back and reducing the stick against the skin. Alternatively the tape was applied without properly preparing the skin (clean and dry thoroughly).
  1. The tape was not “set” via rubbing the tape post-application to activate the adhesive, and/or the user did not wait approximately one hour after application before engaging in physical activity or getting the tape wet. The heat generated by rubbing the tape helps warm the glue and increase the adhesion as it cools again. The full sticking effect can take 30-60 minutes, so we’d always recommend applying as far in advance as possible. If you start sweating straight after applying the tape, it’s pretty likely it’s going to come off again.
  1. Too much stretch was applied to the centre of the tape, or stretch was applied to the ends of the tape. This is also the most common reason for any sort of reaction to the tape. If the ends of the tape are stretched the recoil will create a huge amount of friction on the skin underneath, quite often enough to peel the tape away.

 

We hope that all makes sense and allows you to get the most from your tape purchase. For those hard to tape areas like the foot and shoulder, you can always use some TAPEON spray to make sure that tapes doesn't go anywhere!

October 03, 2017

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SPORTTAPE Academy: A Weekend of Learning

This past week has been the busiest in the history of the SPORTTAPE Academy. Starting with our first ever Taping and Strapping seminar on Wednesday evening we then hit the weekend hard with 2 courses over 2 days led by the incredible Patrick Harding.

Our Kinesiology Taping in Sport course is our original Academy course, and although it has undergone many tweaks and changes over the years as we learn more and adapt, the core concepts remain the same - teaching clinical reasoning and the taping skills necessary to use Kinesiology tape in clinical practice. Drawing upon his extensive experience Patrick worked through many different applications, challenging attendees to think about how they could use these in various scenarios - this isn't a paint-by-numbers approach!

 

Innovation in taping - Plantar Fascia + AchillesLymphatic Taping - Ankle Swelling

Innovation in taping - Combined achilles and plantar fascia, plus ankle swelling

 

Then on Sunday we were incredibly excited to run our newest course - Combined Taping in Sport. The perfect follow-on from any Kinesiology Taping course this day is all about how you can use rigid tapes alongside kinesiology tapes for maximum efficacy. Think of it as our level 2.

This course always brings out the best in attendees and Sunday was no different! We saw some incredible innovation taking place, thinking outside of the typical taping box as Patrick ran through a variety of scenarios designed to test knowledge and build taping confidence. Check out some of the applications below:

Combined Taping in Sport - Zinc Oxide + Flex Tape

 

Here's what some of the attendees said about our courses:

"Genuinely I cannot give any negative comments here, Patrick made the course very interesting and I couldn't really ask for anymore from a course like this. He was very knowledgeable and made sure we had an opportunity to discuss our own clinical experiences and where these taping techniques could be applied."

"I really enjoyed the course, in particular the taping booklet. Well laid out and easy to read."
"Patrick was great. Relaxed, easy to approach and they way in which he teaches is perfect.....leaves no reason to ask further questions."
We have a few courses left to run this year, with our next Combined Taping course taking place in Belfast next month. Join us! For more info check out https://www.sporttapepro.co.uk/collections/academy/products/dublin-academy-11th-november-2017-traditional-vs-kinesiology-taping-in-sport
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