The Power Taping technique involves applying tape to the entire chain of joints, muscles, fascia and nervous system components responsible for specific movement patterns.
Kinesiology tape has numerous therapeutic uses, including rehabilitation after injury, edema control, postural correction, and relief of pregnancy-related issues. In contrast to these applications, which focus on therapeutic or corrective action, RockTape, a kinesiology tape manufacturer, developed a revolutionary technique called Power Taping which focuses on enhancing athletic performance by taping fascial connections along the kinetic chain.
Often utilized by doctors, physical therapists, coaches, and trainers, the Power Taping technique assists in coordination and movement and helps athletes perform closer to their innate physiological potential. Power Taping is a breakthrough technique that helps athletes achieve peak performance, peak protection of body structures, and peak recovery from injuries. This technique aids athletes by helping to improve form and reduces fatigue through better blood flow, which are two most of the most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport.
Taping Movement Not Muscles
Unlike traditional kinesiology taping applications which isolates joints or muscle groups, RockTape’s Power Taping protocol involves applying tape to the entire chain of joints, muscles, fascia and nervous system components responsible for specific movement patterns. The Front Chain, for example, is responsible for the sprinting motions important to so many sports. Power Taping of the front performance chain begins on the front of each foot, running up the front of the legs to the hips. A second strip runs along the abdominal muscles, and a final strip is applied to the muscles along the front of the neck. The tape is applied with the muscle groups in a maximally stretched position, simulating the movement associated with the sport.
RockTape, like other kinesiology tapes, uses a biomechanical lifting mechanism to lift the skin away from the soft tissue and promote blood flow. This sends more oxygenated blood to the area, maximizing the nourishment of overtaxed muscles, joints, and other body structures. Additionally, it accelerates removal of lactic acid from muscles, promoting recovery, and increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, effectively reducing swelling and edema. In addition, it interacts with sensory-neural pathways, providing additional stimuli to fatigued or weakened muscles. When athletes fatigue, they lose form. When form deteriorates, athletes slow down.
What Makes RockTape Different?
Not only is RockTape’s taping method unique, but their kinesiology tape has been developed with the athlete in mind. RockTape is created with a tighter weave and a stronger adhesive, with an increased 180% elasticity (more than the traditional 130-150% of competitor kinesiology tapes). RockTape was designed for greater versatility than traditional kinesiology and athletic tapes.
When applied according to Power Taping principles, RockTape’s technique:
provides stronger, more efficient movement of related muscle groups
significantly decreases recovery time
When these benefits are added to Rock Tape’s bio-mechanically supportive, therapeutic, and healing properties, it becomes a potent weapon in the arsenal of the serious athlete by enhancing performance, preventing injury, as well as aiding and speeding recovery from those injuries that are unavoidable.
Want to learn more about RockTape’s Power Taping Technique? Check out the educational links below:
The Clinical Efficacy of RockTape in a Performance Enhancing Application (PDF)
Read more about the principles and techniques of PowerTaping in RockTape’s PowerTaping Manual.
Power Taping Videos
RockTape PowerTaping for Athletic Performance
RockTape Performance Quad Kinesiology Taping
RockTape Kinesiology Taping for Cross Fit
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Say hello to hot! RockSauce is a topical pain relief cream that works by providing incredibly strong heating sensations that last for hours – with powerful ingredients like menthol and capsaicin that work together to soothe sore joints and muscles. Best of all, it can be used with RockTape – it soaks right through, without compromising stickiness – delivering pain relief in combination with the power of kinesiology tape. Available in 2 sizes:
6% menthol - stronger than other topical analgesics
cooling sensation lasts for hours after application
store in the fridge for extra-strength relief
can be used as skin prep before taping or applied through tape without affecting adhesive
3 oz Roll-On - keeps your hands clean and clear of the powerful active ingredients. Take it anywhere, apply it anytime with no mess and no hassle
32 oz Pump Bottle - ideal for busy clinics, athletic trainers and other high volume users
Are your WOD's getting the better of your wrists? Need a little extra wrist support for that last muscle up? RockWrists were designed to provide the perfect combination of elasticity and support for optimal comfort and performance. Designed by Jason Khalipa, RockWrists are competition grade wrist supports, made from tough polyester fabric with strings that won't break and elastic that won't turn brittle, no matter how sweat-soaked they become. The hook and loop fasteners allow you to cinch them to the perfect tension level for your workout.
CureTape is the number one professional tape in Europe, and is widely used by professionals worldwide. Developed with the aid of health professionals specially for use in the Medical Taping Concept style of taping, CureTape is backed by nearly 20 years of intensive research, practice, and development. This thorough process has lead to the development of a high quality cotton tape with an excellent adhesive that is perfect for therapeutic taping applications.
CureTape is comprised of breathable, quick-drying premium grade cotton in a specialized weave that provides a stretch identical to human skin which makes it comfortable for the entire time it's worn. The heat-activated acryllic adhesive is gentle on the skin, but powerful enough to stay attached continuously for 3-5 days without peeling off. CureTape Giant Rolls are 2 inches wide and 103 feet (5cm x 31.5m) long, enough tape for nearly 70 standard applications.
PerformTex Kinesiology Tape Scissors are super sleek and super sharp - the ideal combination for kinesiology taping. Constructed from premium grade stainless steel with florin-resin coating on the blades, these scissors will allow you to cut the narrowest strips and perfectly rounded corners without fraying or raveling.
Light weight and perfectly balanced, these are the scissors of choice of skilled kinesiology taping practitioners.
premium grade stainless steel construction with razor sharp blades
florin resin coated blades to prevent adhesive build up
PerformLift Tape and Adhesive Remover takes the 'ouch' out of removing your tape. The gentle formula and environmentally-friendly ingredients help maintain skin's natural pH balance, reducing drying and irritation. Highly recommended for tape removal on sensitive or fragile skin.
Directions for Use: Holding can 3-4" from skin, spray taped area until saturated. Rub PerformLift into tape and wait 1-2 minutes, then gently remove tape from skin and wipe with a paper towel. Any residual adhesive can be easily removed with a small additional amount of PerformLift.
Warning: Use only as directed. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes, open wounds, abrasions and mucous membranes. If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label. Keep out of reach of children. If rash or irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a physician.
KT Tape Pro Extreme is the toughest, stickiest kinesiology tape in the entire KT Tape product line. Pro Extreme's extra-strength adhesive was formulated to deal with kinesiology taping's worst enemies - high heat, high humidity, wet conditions, oily skin, or any combination thereof.
100% synthetic microfiber tape with reflective pattern
ultra-strong adhesive lasts up to 7 days
hard plastic carrying case protects your tape
convenient, precut "I" strips - no scissors needed
latex and zinc-free
Each roll contains 20 precut 10" strips of KT Tape Pro Extreme kinesiology tape and includes a Quick Start Guide with step-by-step instructions for common injuries.
The SpiderTech Ankle Spider is a precut kinesiology tape for the calf, Achilles tendon and sole of the foot. It begins on the back of the leg below the knee and extends over the Achilles tendon, heel and sole of the foot. It can help with:
strained or pulled calf muscles
cramps/spasms in the calf or foot
plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, foot pain
plantaris tear or rupture
Achille's tendon enthesopathy
posterior shin splints
muscle, ligament or tendon injuries to the calf or foot
recovery from surgery
* Contains 1 single-use application with 3-5 day wear time.