So I have always been curious as to the genuine benefits and uses of tape on the legs for runners. They are very colourful and abundant at races so what is the deal. I will explain what I am talking about for those of you who are thinking what is she on about!! I wondered what its all about so went on the hunt to answer my questions!. I did some research both practical and in theory and heres what I found out!
SOOOO this tape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology tape. One of the leading brands is rock tape so thats the one I am gona focus on today. Rock tape is the colourful tape that you often see spread out on the backs of runners legs, thighs, front of the arms etc. Just about anywhere you can see this tape.
It is used throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. Heres a list of some of the things it can be used for so you can get a varied insight into how and when you might need it.
• Achilles tendonitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Jumpers knee (PFS)
• ACL/MCL issues
• Rotator cuff
• Groin and hamstring pulls
• Lower back issues
• Shin splints
• Tennis and golf elbow
• Pain associated with pregnancy
• Postural correction
Rock tape claim that when applied properly, it can help athletes improve form and decrease fatigue through better blood flow. These are the two most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport. SOOO I gave it a try. I have had a mild niggling hamstring injury from SFM 2012 (from over training AFTER the marathon – dumb move!!!Rest is essential part of recovery!!) Anyhoo it did seem to ease the discomfort that in recent weeks and months I have just learned to run with and has become an old friend, a companion if you will, on my runs!! So it was a great absence I experienced when I used the rock tape. In conclusion – It did take away the pain, somewhat temporary but I have only used this product 3 times, so will report back with more findings later on.
The positives 🙂
The stretch – ROCKTAPE stretches up to 190% of its original length. This allows it to provide different strengths of support for differing injuries and needs.
Its Not just for injuries – While ROCKTAPE is great for treating injuries, it also has a number of other benefits. The tape can be used to increase endurance and reduce fatigue, as well as increasing blood flow.
Feels nice – The tape has a velvety soft feel and is almost enjoyable to wear. I never felt agitated or annoyed with the tape.
Diverse range – ROCKTAPE can be bought in all shapes and sizes. There is the standard tape that is great for the majority of muscles. There is wider tape for legs and larger muscle groups. And there is also thinner tape, which is great for taping fingers, wrists and feet.
Great stick – The tape lasted easily for four days, and probably would have lasted a few days more if I let it. I used the tape in the shower to test it out in water and sweated too through runs. I didn’t sleep in but I suspect you could have no problem. The edges never frayed, I also never had to reapply.
Funky colours – ROCKTAPE comes in a wide range of cool designs and funky colours. As much as I loved the physical benefits. Its nice to be stylish for those who care 🙂
anywhere, anytime – The tape can literally be used on any part of the body. Differing sizes means you can use ROCKTAPE to support and stabilize almost every single part of your body.
All in all I would recommend it. It retails in the US at between $18-20 so its a little pricey I guess but I have heard that they will send you a sample if you request it, for a trial run, just to see if its for you. Also square edges were a no-no they eventually start to kinda dog ear so curved would be better but they are the only bad points on this product.
Happy healthy running.