Vivomed – London Marathon | Kinesiology Taping for Runner’s Knee

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Vivomed – London Marathon | Kinesiology Taping for Runner’s Knee

The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place this Sunday 22nd April in what is set to be one of the warmest editions of the event on record. Close to 40,000 runners are set to compete, with standards ranging from those looking to break 5 hours to those chasing course records. Unfortunately, a large proportion of the participants will enter the race carrying a pre-existing injury. This blog will specifically focus on how kinesiology taping (Rocktape) can help with chrondomalacia patellae or a condition more commonly known as runner’s knee.

Competitors in the Elite Men's race lead the pack at the start of the 2016 London Marathon in central London on April 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
Competitors in the Elite Men’s race lead the pack at the start of the 2016 London Marathon in central London on April 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

Runner’s knee can either be an acute or chronic condition. An acute injury occurs as a direct impact or trauma to the knee, causing small tears of the cartilage. Runner’s knee is common amongst runners, cyclists, skiers, snow boarders, football players and sports that involve jumping. It affects women more than men and is more common in younger athletes and individuals who have suffered a traumatic injury to the knee, such as a dislocation or fracture. It is also common in individuals who spend a lot of time sitting or having their knees bent.

Causes:
  • Over use; a repetitive action that causes continual wear and tear of the articular cartilage.
  • Muscular imbalance of the quadriceps, and tight Illotibial band (ITB)
  • Over pronation.
  • Patellar maltracking
  • Knock knees.
  • Jumping or an explosive movement.
  • A direct trauma to the knee, for example a blow or a fall.
Application

Although the best form of recovery is application of the RICE method (Rice, Ice, Compression, Elevation) those who have been fortunate enough to obtain an entry for the London Marathon, will have no intentions of resting until the race over. While this practice is typically not recommended, the use of kinesiology taping such as Rocktape can be an excellent support to ensure you complete the 26.2 mile journey as comfortable as possible. Applying Rocktape correctly is pivotal to its effectiveness in conditions such as runner’s knee. The videos below are an excellent resource showing a few different variations of its application of the knee area. Trial & error should be exercised to find which variation works best for you.

Vivomed offers a wide range of Kinesiology tape products, to find out more please visit our website HERE

For more information on runner’s knee & other common injuries, check out our injury list section HERE

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