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Rocktape for Triathletes

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Regardless of how much you may stretch, massage, and/or warm-up prior to a workout or race, little nagging injuries or "issues" seem to surface from time to time. More often than not, they are nothing more than a brief inconvenience. Usually, such minor injuries are the result of a muscular imbalance or something not firing just as it should. Whatever the case, training and racing can still go on as if nothing were of issue without any compromise in terms of performance. The remedy? RockTape, a type of kinesiotape.

Actually, you need not be injured at all to consider the use of RockTape. PowerTaping, for example, increases athletic performance by delaying the onset of fatigue and aiding in proper form, which is the key to performing at your athletic potential.

What is RockTape?

RockTape is a type of kinesiotape made of cotton and nylon that is woven on a bias, so that it allows for movement in a particular direction. When applied, the tape acts as a biomechanical skin lifting mechanism that promotes better circulation. With better circulation, you will recover faster, heal from an injury sooner, and/or perform better overall.

In regards to triathlon, the RockTape can be used across all three disciplines.

Swim

Swimming poses a problem with most kinesiotapes, because water can affect their tackiness. However, RockTape makes a waterproof tape and I can attest to how well it holds up. My Achilles presented a problem leading into Abu Dhabi, so I looked into RockTape. I picked up a few rolls of their waterproof tape and immediately put it to the test; I swam, showered, rode, and ran just as I normally would and the tape held strong for 5-days! These training days were not abbreviated either, they were my normal daily 90-minute swims and several hour rides.

As for how the tape can help with your swimming, it can be applied from your neck, down along the outside of your arm to your wrist. This method supports the muscles and reduces fatigue during the catch-, pull-, and recovery phase of the swim stroke. Other shoulder or swimming related ailments can be aided through taping, but it would be best to consult a physiotherapist on exactly how to go about doing so.

Bike

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On the bike, power-taping comes into play, but more importantly, the tape can greatly increase your comfort. For the Oceanside 70.3, I had two strips of tape running parallel to each other from the bottom of my neck to just below my waist. The tape supported my lower back, which will fatigue from extended periods of time in the aero position, and took almost all the pressure off my neck, being than we have to cock our heads upwards in order to see while riding in the aero position. Reducing the stress on my lower back allowed to me ride stronger than I normally would in the tail end of an event. It also kept my running form in check as the run leg drew out.

Run

For running, RockTape can aid with numerous ailments, including, but not limited to: plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis. It can also be applied to support your calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, knees, groin, and IT band. These methods help reduce impact forces, which are one of the culprits of fatigue.

As for personal experience, I have been taping my Achilles tendon since before Abu Dhabi and haven’t had any issues since. Proper rest has a lot to do with that, but RockTape allowed me to get back to run training sooner and recover from workouts faster.

For more information and for video tutorials on how to apply RockTape, check out their website at www.rocktape.com. Next time you’re at an event expo, look around to see if they’re there and pick up a roll or two. With each roll comes a how-to tape guideline, so that you can tape yourself. Then you can reap the benefits of naturally enhanced athletic performance.