- Enhance performance
- Prevent fatigue
- Promote circulation
- Remove lactic acid
ROCKTAPE is a performance enhancement tape and is designed for athletes that want a little edge in their game. ROCKTAPE helps athletes manage fatigue by promoting better circulation. All you have do is put ROCKTAPE on the areas on your body that need a little help and you can go longer and harder.
Unlike traditional athletic tape which binds and doesn't stretch, ROCKTAPE is engineering to mimic the human skin. This stretchiness is the secret behind ROCKTAPE. ROCKTAPE stretches up to 190% of its original length but has amazing 'snap-back' or recovery. This is what gives ROCKTAPE its performance advantage over other tapes.
To achieve this, we introduce a special weave into the cotton when the tape is woven. This weave means the tape will stretch in only one direction and the tension of the weave is engineered to mimic the same elasticity as skin. Together, these properties create what we call a "Bio-Mechanical Lifting Mechanism". This simply means that the tape can lift the skin away from the soft tissue underneath the skin. This lifting capability is what promotes blood flow and lymph drainage. This is easy to explain but difficult to manufacturer, which is why we make our tape in a special factory in Korea.
ROCKTAPE can also be used to stabilize muscles and joints that have been sprained or hurt. Unlike braces and sleeves that constrain and reduce blood flow, ROCKTAPE can provide support and stability while increasing blood flow. Thus, the tape's capabilities make it well suited to the repair of localized muscle groups.
The same science that is used to treat injuries can be applied to promote better circulation and lymph drainage for sports applications. By applying ROCKTAPE to specific muscle group, we are able to reduce muscle vibration, accelerate blood flow out of the muscles to encourage oxygenation and promote lymph drainage, which helps remove lactic acid. These functions provide the athlete with additional endurance and help promote recovery.
Additionally, ROCKTAPE has developed a new protocol for taping called "PowerTaping ™". By taping all the muscle groups associated with a particular sport, we create a sports specific bio- kinetic chain. For example, with cyclists, we tape the calves, quads and hip flexors. With these muscles taped, they become "engaged", both mechanically and mentally.
This ensures two things:
- Mechanically the groups are linked and operate in a coordinated fashion. This ensures that when power is applied to the pedals it is done as efficiently as possible (ie. no splayed knees, hips balanced, etc). Also, ROCKTAPE increases blood flow to these areas, which promotes endurance and recovery.
- Mentally, we send signals to the brain that originate from the sensor receptors on the skin that have been activated by the tape. This sensory stimulation can be very powerful. For example, elite athletes are very good at pushing through pain but at some point the brain determines that there is a safety issue and slows activity. By telling the brain that there is additional support available via the tape, the brain allows the athlete to push a little harder than if he/she did not have tape.
Whether used for muscle repair, stability management, recovery or enhanced performance, ROCKTAPE can be a valuable component in the athlete's toolkit.