SPORTTAPE TEST- Swimming
We wanted to put our new Xtra Sticky SPORTTAPE to the test in the pool. So when Daniel Green (@danieljgreen) a Sports Rehab Student at Salford Uni and Sprint Swimmer for Bolton Metro tweeted us to say that he's been unable to get another tape to stick we knew we had our man!
I am a 2nd
year sports rehab student and a National level Swimmer competing across the UK and Europe. With those two combinations I use Kinesiology tape
a fair bit, on clients, students and most importantly myself.
As a Sprint swimmer specialising in the 50m Freestyle I spend a lot of time practicing starts, where we try to explode off the start blocks with maximum velocity, this is where I injured myself most recently – a slight bit of inflammation of my Achilles Tendon.
The reason I use kinesiology tape is to support the muscle/ joint that I’m having problems with to enable me to keep training at the highest level. Kinesiology tape gives me confidence.
Thoughts on the SPORTTAPE Xtra Sticky
Until now I have struggled to find a tape which stays on in the water, with previous tapes lasting as little as 10 minutes into a 2 hour pool session. SPORTTAPE’s Xtra Sticky tape
is the only tape
I’ve used that stands up to multiple swim sessions and gym sessions in one application.
My best rehab tip is to prevent (prehab)injury occurring in the first place
, by strengthening the structures under most stress. 90% of swimmers complain of swimmers shoulder which is a weakness of the rotator cuff causing impingement of the supraspinatus. This can be cured by simply strengthening the muscles around the rotator cuff.
Get back in action - My 6 Top Tips
We all know that whatever preventative actions you take, injuries still happen. Following these top tips will get you back to action sooner and prevent re-injury.
- Control Pain – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (when possible). This helps to control inflammation and promote the healing effects.
- Maintain fitness– cross training, use other training activities to maintain fitness.
- Restore Range of Motion (ROM) – essential to do this early and can be done wearing SPORTTAPE, this will help prevent scar tissue formation which can impair functional movement patterns needed for sport.
- Restore Strength – essential for restoring function and strength to pre-injury levels. Work through pain free ROM.
- Re-establish Proprioception – Kinaesthesia and Neuromuscular control, this should be a primary concern post injury.
- Functional progression– gradually progress activities to restore normal function and prepare for reintroduction to sport. Every progression becomes a test; don’t progress any further until you have passed that test pain free.
You can use SPORTTAPE to assist injured joints and muscles throughout your healing and return to sport. If you'd like you can follow me on Twitter @danieljgreen
, for training, competition updates and any questions you may have!