Rocktape: Not just a fashion trend - Women's Running

ROCKTAPE: Not just a fashion trend

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  June 20, 2014

ROCKTAPE: Not just a fashion trend

I’m a runner in the loosest sense of the word I have run on and off since school mainly to stay fit, distress and escape the world. I ran my first ultra marathon in 2012, instantly fell in love and found something I can dedicate many hours and many years to achieving; much like my surfing.

 My sporting goal is to run 100 miles! I’ll get there one day .

Kilian Jornet, the world’s greatest trail and ultra runner, is my sporting hero Incredible run technique and style; just makes it look effortless!

ROCKTAPE is more than a fashion trend It’s a premium brand of kinesiology tape. There is a fair amount of independent unbiased academic research that has shown this type of tape can produce various benefits like reduction in pain, improved muscle power and increased flexibility. As tape is a relatively new form of therapy more research is clearly needed to help us learn more about how it works and how best to use it. Sure, there are some people out there wearing tape because they think it looks cool (which it does) but I’m pretty sure the vast majority wearing it are doing so because it helps them hurt less and move better.

It is not just for famous elite athletes ROCKTAPE is used by many of the world’s best athletes but it doesn’t stop there. In my physio clinic I tape up five to 95 year olds and everyone in between. It is a fantastically adaptable tool which can be customised to every individual’s needs. Tape is even trans-species and is used by some people to treat horses, dogs and other animals.

Preventative and a treatment tool It’s mainly a treatment but it isn’t just about covering the area that hurts in tape. Tape can be used to improve posture or faulty movement patterns that are leading to tissue overload and pain. By improving the posture or pattern, and therefore preventing tissue overload, tape can change the root cause of someone’s pain. Tape can also be useful to delay the onset of fatigue during endurance sports, like distance running, and lessen the pain and aching associated with delayed onset muscle soreness


Rocktape comes in many different colourful patterns

The most common mistake people make is stretching the tape too much Within reason, you can stick tape anywhere and every roll of ROCKTAPE comes with an instruction leaflet and we have a load of helpful ‘how to’ videos on our website ( These will cover you for more common aches and pains. If people are after more specific advice they may want to see a well qualified therapist who has some taping training and experience. General rule of thumb, be sure to thoroughly stretch the body part while you are applying tape to it. Most of the time tape should have little or no stretch put on it.

Women have one advantage over men There are no real gender considerations within taping but one bonus for women is that, being less hairy than us men, the tape sticks better and doesn’t hurt as much when you remove it.

Want to put rock tape on your back but it seems impossible? The easiest way is to find a friend and get them to do it for you. Failing that stand facing away from a mirror bend forward to flex the back and look at what you are doing in the mirror between your legs!! (I never said it was easy!!)

Minimise 10K injury with quality over quantity Lots of easy miles wont really improve your fitness but they will increase your chance of injury. Either run short and fast, for example, hill reps and intervals. Or run slower but push up distance and time. Do some strength training (circuit, kettle bells, gym sessions). In doing this most runners will benefit from more strength especially in the hips and the trunk.

Change things slowly if you are a frustrated athlete recovering from injury Be it mileage, run technique or rehab exercises. If you change too much too quick your body wont have time to adapt and sooner or later it will hurt.  The course to recovery is rarely a smooth one, don’t let a little setback shake your confidence. Listen to your body and it will tell you right from wrong.

My secret stretch for a strong core is the single leg dead lift Loads of control, balance, skill, strength and flexibility is required to really nail it.  Aim for three sets of 10-15 reps each side.


Single leg deadlift is very tricky to get right but worth the effort

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