Premium kinesiology tape by ROCKTAPE Inc.
ROCKTAPE Inc. was started by Greg van den Dries:
"I'm fit, but my love of running, cycling and swimming have contributed to a variety of minor sports injuries, and one of those injuries required physical therapy. The PT treated me and finished the session by applying some tape to my leg. When I asked if this was the same tape I had seen during the Olympics, the answer was yes. I was skeptical about the tape, but after a week my injury was healing nicely and I also noticed that my legs felt pretty good after a long ride. I started doing more research on the tape's effects and that's when I discovered that the tape can be used to ENHANCE PERFORMANCE. I found that taping in advance of exercise promotes increased blood flow to the muscles, thereby reducing fatigue. After trying the tape on friends and family with good results, I got excited and talked to a number of companies about buying and selling the tape. The response I got was amazing: no one wanted to sell me tape unless I became "certified" in their specific taping methods. It was their way of making the tape more exclusive and expensive. I decided there had to be a better way to get this great product into the hands of those who needed it, so I located a source, modified the formula and formed ROCKTAPE."
ROCKTAPE are developing nutritional and medical products to improve power, reduce pain and to aid performance. Hopefully these will come to the UK soon.
Rocktape has been chosen by SPORTSTECHLAB.com because of its quality of manufacture, ease of use and overall customer service,in terms of product help. Rocktape is also one of the few tapes which can be used both to apply compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling. Kinesiology tape is used by many professional sportsmen around the world and Rocktape is the chosen kinesiology tape in America. In cycling, in particular, Rocktape are the official supplier to Garmin-Cervélo pro team, Rabobank and many more on the tour. Their recent power taping manual and customer service also won the award for the best kinesiology taping instruction manual of 2010.
Overall, SPORTSTECHLAB are proud to be one of the first to supply Rocktape in the UK.
So, what is kinesiology tape?
Kinesiology tape is used to treat common sports injuries like shin splints, plantars and runner's knee by aiming to increase blood flow around the area. When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, promoting blood flow. Faster blood flow means more oxygen and more lymph drainage, which helps remove Lactic Acid. ROCKTAPE also claims to increase endurance by promoting blood flow during an athletic event. It can be worn up to 5 days, is 100% organic cotton and can be worn while swimming or in the shower.Each 5m length x 5cm width roll retails for £9.99 and will last for about 10-20 applications, or about one to two months, depending on frequency and length of applications.
How do you apply it?
There are many different applications for kinesiology tape and our power taping manual will give you full and detailed instructions to aid many injury. But for a general overview please watch this video: