May 22, 2018

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Using SPORTTAPE for Blister Prevention

I recently spent a day at the Likey's outdoor store in Brecon, Wales. These guys are experts in Ultra running, trail and adventure, and have some pretty nifty uses for SPORTTAPE beyond your typical sporting injuries.

One the main uses they have for SPORTTAPE is preventing blistering during Ultra or Multi-Day adventure races. Their resident ultra expert Simon explains...

"For us, SPORTTAPE is an absolutely essential addition to any ultra runners pack. We've used it for everything from muscle strains to repairing tent poles. Our most common use though, is blister prevention"

This is a twofold approach. Firstly, by using the SPORTTAPE Achilles application, you prevent any friction between the heel cup of your shoe and the skin on your heel, which without the tape can be pretty nasty when you're racing for 24+ hours!

 

The second method of blister prevention is an insole wrap. Quite often, the insoles in trail and running shoes don't have particularity soft edges, especially on the inside arch. Because of this, they can cause real irritation when wearing them for long stretches of time when your feet are continually sweating, or getting soaked from wading through streams. By sticking a strip of SPORTTAPE Extra Sticky carefully over the edge of your insole, it creates a softer and more forgiving surface that your feet will thank you for a little later!

      

Before and after taping the insole to help prevent blistering

 

We'd love to hear if you've used SPORTTAPE for blister prevention or if you've used any of the techniques above!

Ieuan

October 15, 2017

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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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