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A pound of CURE / Bio Skin Blog

A pound of CURE

  • Lake of the Woods Tri Sport Weekend

    This is the second year in a row that Bio Skin has been the presenting sponsor for the Lake of the Woods Tri Sport Weekend. It was a great event and a privilege to be a part of it. Congratulation to all who participated!

    Events included:
    • 1.5K or 3K Open Water Swims
    • Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon
    • Long Course Triathlon/Duathlon
    • Kids Triathlon and Duathlon
    • 1/2 Marathon
    • 5K Poker Run

    To learn more about this exciting event, visit: lakeofthewoodstri.com

  • Lake of the Woods Tri-Sport Weekend

    Congratulations to all the participants of the 2015 Lake of the Woods Tri-Sport Weekend presented by Bio Skin. A big thank you to all the volunteers and support teams who helped make this such a successful event.

     

     

     

  • April Completes the Houston Half Marathon

    blog_story_image_april-completesApril Ockerman, a Bio Skin sponsored athlete, recently ran in the Houston Half Marathon. She gives us a recap of the her 13.1 mile race. Great job April!

    Aramco Houston Half Marathon Recap and Recovery with BioSkin
    Shared via www.insightsbyapril.com

    I am still bummed in a way that I wasn’t Continue reading

  • Fit Pepper's Calf Sleeves Review

    blog_story_image_fit-pepperInsightful review from Nicole aka The Fit Pepper. Nicole is a nutrition consultant, personal trainer and dog lover currently living, exploring and running around Australia.

    Bio Skin Calf Skins

    About a month ago I was contacted by Bio Skin to become an ambassador for their product. I had tried compression sleeves Continue reading

  • Paleo Runner's Bio Skin Review

    blog_story_image_paleo-runnerMeet Michelle aka The Paleo Running Momma. Michelle is a mother of 3, marathoner, paleo enthusiast and blogger. She recently competed in the Philadelphia Marathon and gives us a recap on using the Standard Knee Skin during her recovery.

    Bio Skin Review — Standard Knee Skin

    Today I want to chat about 2 things – the tendonitis in my knee since the Philadelphia marathon and provide some information about how Continue reading

  • 2014 Flipper Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

    ACTION 5Bio Skin Sponsored Athletes Mark Miller and Justin Weilacher recently competed at the Flipper Memorial Disc Golf Tournament placing 6th out of 23 teams. The tournament consists of 60 holes of disc golf in a single day at three different courses.

    The following relates the Disc Golf Team's experience of the tournament. You can follow Justin’s blog at: http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com/

    "Saturday July 19th. 5:00 am. Marc Miller will be at my house at any moment.

    We are incredibly lucky that it is not going to be 107 degrees like it has been for most of the last month. I made sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep – sometimes difficult for me the night before an event. I purchased energy bars, energy gu, energy waffles, Gatorade, beef jerky, bottled water, and Starburst Flav-a-reds.Action 8

    I have my Ten-7 knee brace, ice packs, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, and SPF 50 sun block. I have 3 sets of boxers, 3 pairs of socks, 3 t-shirts, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 golf hat, 1 golf visor, 1 pair of light weight pants, and 1 cooling towel. I bought a golf pull cart rigged to carry my discs, Marc’s discs, and a cooler loaded with frozen bottles of water.

    We are about to play the Flipper Memorial – 60 holes of golf in 1 day at 3 different courses. Marc is 46 and I am 38 and we seemed to easily be the oldest of the teams. I was told that they did not offer a Master’s Division because no one that old was crazy enough to attempt to play 60 holes of golf in the Gold Country sun of Northern California in mid-July. No one but us.

    Round 1 starts at 8:30 in Auburn, Ca about an hour away. We get some coffee and head up the hill. We are at the course about 7 ready to warm up. At only 65 degrees out, this is by far the most pleasant weather we will deal with today. We only throw 3 holes of practice golf – a third of our normal warm up routine. Lots of stretching, lots of putting, not a lot of driving. We don’t want to throw out our arms before we start. We won’t finish golfing until 7 pm.

    Action 6Auburn has some extra holes set up pushing the number to 24. They are set very reachable but frequently tricky. My forehand usually benefits from short tricky courses and I’m able to be aggressive off the tee. Miller and I share the putting responsibilities and we get half the holes to finish at -12.

    We grab a couple burritos and get on the road to Penn Valley 45 minutes away. We pull into the parking lot at about 12:30 pm feeling the 10 degrees higher temperature.

    We knew Penn Valley would test us the most. Penn is longer, hotter, and harder than both of the other courses. We had hoped to play it last in the cooling evening air but here we are, showing up just in time to pick up our card and head to our tee at 1 pm in the high 90’s.

    Penn treats me poorly like it usually does. We struggle. Despite feeling like we are playing a lot better than the other team on our card, we cannot seem to pull ahead. We are par-ing out more easily but getting the same par. By the end, we are only 1 under par and hoping we are more competitive than it seemed. The heat and length of the course get to us both. Miller’s back is bugging him.ACTION 2

    We finish the Penn 18 feeling pretty rough at 3:30PM completely sweat through. Neither one of us feel good about our contribution. We left so many strokes on the course. I grab a couple more Ibuprofrin and we start to hydrate. Another sports drink on the way and get to the course in time to change into some fresh clothes.

    Grass Valley is one of Miller’s all time favorite courses. It is higher in elevation and by this time in the afternoon it is cooling off quickly. We were hoping to play this course earlier in the day when we would be fresher but it feels awfully good out. Ready or not it is time to go.

    We start off hot. Miller’s knowledge of the course and big back hand puts me in position to hit several 20′ putts for birdie. My forehand performs and sets Miller up for his share of the birdies.

    I try to keep from thinking about being -4 after 4 holes. Then -5, and finally -6. We take a safe par on a tough hole and then get right back on the train and get to -7.

    By now, Miller’s back is really flaring up but he continues to make his drives and run his putts. We manage 4 more birdies on the last 10 holes. The final hole, both of us beat up and sore, Miller crushes his Destroyer on a perfect Hyzer that gives me a straight forward 20′ putt to end on a birdie.bioskins-ten-7

    We ended up -24, 6th out of 23 teams in the Intermediate Division. We had several goals and we almost met them. We had envisioned not a single bogey the entire day. We only got 1 the whole event, at Penn of course. We wanted to average -9 per round, just short of half the holes. We averaged -8 per round.

    Our last round was our best round. I think I am most proud of having toughed it out mentally and physically, of having marshaled my energy and focus to perform my best while at my weakest.

    Thanks to Bio Skin for the Ambassadorship, the Sponsorship, and the gear that helped me feel strong at the end of 10 hours of disc golf."

     

     

  • Ready to Play Disc Golf?

    When’s the last time you played disc golf?

    snowbowl-09-07-2009-046For Justin Weilacher the answer would probably a few hours ago. Justin is an avid disc golfer who is highly involved in his disc golf community and looking for ways to inform and engage others about the sport. Playing a lot of disc golf can take a toll on the body with constant throwing, pivoting and hiking over uneven surfaces. Justin has had chronic knee issues over the past few years and gives us his take on how the Ten-7 brace has improved his game. You can read his full blog post at http://dbfreediscgolf.wordpress.com/

    “I was initially concerned about a knee brace that did not go on the knee. Disc golf involves lots of planting, pivoting, and driving off of my long injured knee and I didn’t know how the brace could support my knee while strapped to my thigh. I worried that it might slide down my leg; I’m not as thin or toned as their model is.
    Well, I don’t know how my cell phone works either yet I have plenty of confidence that it will work. I read the included pamphlet along with the online information about compression technology and I was ready to put it on.

    Initially, it looked odd with an inverted plastic dish (actuator) positioned on the inner quad. The straps are designed to press this dish into a specific place on the quad.
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    After a couple misfires, I got the brace on correctly and now it goes on and comes off much faster. I find that putting it on while standing works best. While seated, I sometimes don’t center the brace properly.

    My knee has always been a problem. I had surgery in high school to clean up the cartilage. I never really embraced physical therapy. I gradually lost more and more flexibility and strength. I hurt my knee multiple times on the course and went to see an orthopedist.

    The doctor suggested an MRI most likely followed by surgery. After many conversations with my wife and other long time knee-pain-sufferers, I decided to lose some weight and try and rehab the knee like I should have done over 2 decades ago.

    Disc GolfShortly after, I was lucky enough to get the BioSkin Ten-7 Knee Brace. The brace provided immediate relief. My knee felt stronger immediately. Twisting and planting on the leg bothers me less and less. The perpetual swelling has been reduced despite my activity level going up. I have shot under par every round of golf since starting to wear the brace.

    Most importantly is how strong my knee feels when I’m not wearing the brace. My confidence in the knee continues to rise. I have been able to use the elliptical at the gym for 40 minutes a session without needing to ice.

    I am seeing continued improvement in my backhand driving as I get more and more comfortable planting on my right leg again. I couldn’t be happier.

    Sliding towards my knee has not really been a problem. The one or two times it started to happen I just used a damp hand clothe to moisten the skin and, as advertised, the brace stayed put."

  • Sally's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu LCL Injury

    SallySally Arsenault is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Titans MMA in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the founder of Titans’ Women’s BJJ program with hopes of introducing other women to the sport she loves. While performing a hip bump sweep, Sally sprained her LCL (lateral collateral ligament) causing her much pain and a disruption in her training. She discusses injury, training and recovery in her recent Breaking Muscle review:

    “When we worry about knee injuries from the hip bump sweep, usually it’s the person being swept who has to be careful. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I got injured as I did the sweep.

    I could feel my LCL pull the wrong way, but it wasn’t bad enough to keep me off the mats. A week later while I was trying to pass guard, I was lifted off of my feet and landed on that same leg awkwardly, which sealed the deal. I had to sit out for the rest of the class. A visit to the physiotherapist confirmed that I had sprained my LCL.

    Although I couldn’t roll, I went to class to practice technique and teach the women’s class at Titans Fitness Academy. My knee was so sore I couldn’t even sit in guard, so depending on the technique being taught, I was sometimes very limited as to what I could do. I started wearing a Bauerfeind brace for support, but since it’s not meant for LCL injuries, it wasn't effective in allowing me to resume training at full speed.

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    Fortunately, I receive my Hinged Knee Skin order from Bio Skin. Because I’m already a patient at Arthritis and Injury Care, I had a relationship with the bracing specialist there who helped me to choose the correct brace for my injury.

    Many of my teammates are much larger than I am and sometimes just moving their bodies around caused ligament strain. I was unable to work any type of de la Riva guard or use spider guard with the leg lasso. The Hinged Knee Skin gave me enough support to work these positions in comfort. My ligaments were fully supported and after about a month, I no longer had to wear the brace at all.”

    You can read Sally’s full review at Breaking Muscle.

  • Cycling, Knee Pain and the Ten-7

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    Andy Somerville of Anaheim Cycling Examiner gives the Ten-7 a 5 Star review.

    Andy is an avid cyclist living in Orange County, CA. As a mountain bike skills coach for LeeLikesBikes.com, Andy has a strong passion for cycling and plenty of experience with knee pain. You can view his full article and video at examiner.com.

    “Cyclists and other athletes bothered by knee pain may find relief in a unique new knee brace, the Ten-7 from Bio Skin.

    Cycling has long been billed as a knee-friendly activity. After knee injury or surgery, patients often pedal a stationary bike before be allowed to walk again. Pedaling a bike while seated is low impact, and the repetitive, linear motion of pedaling safely rebuilds joint mobility and stability.

    Yes, cycling is the Bees Knees. But babying a knee joint by limiting intense activity to cycling can deliver a sting later. Say your brother-in-law wants to toss the pigskin around, or you find yourself chasing your kid’s errant shots across the tennis court. A knee joint that’s pain-free during cycling can wake like a sleeping beast when subjected to unusual loads.

    I discovered this recently, when, after 15 years of post-knee-surgery bliss on the bike, I made some changes to my cycling and fitness routines and woke my bum knee out of hibernation. And boy was it grumpy!

    I first felt the beast stirring when I converted my mountain bike to 1 x 11 gearing. I love the resulting simplicity and lighter weight, but the easiest gear is now a lot less “easy” than it used to be. With the new setup, at times I’m pushing on the pedals with quite a bit more force, and I’m also pedaling while standing more often than before.

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    After the gearing change, I began feeling twinges of knee pain, usually after a mountain bike ride with lots of climbing. I ignored the pain or took ibuprofen. To add insult to injury, I also began working on some new bike skills requiring explosive power moves, both on the bike (wheelie drops) and in the gym (box jumps).

    The combination proved too much for my knee. I was taking ibuprofen almost daily and limping around work like an old sailor. So I started searching online for knee braces. I didn’t want the usual sweaty, clunky knee brace that’s uncomfortable while pedaling. Plus I wear protective knee pads for some of the more technical downhill rides, so a traditional brace was not going to work.

    One of my web searches turned up something unusual: the Bio Skin Ten-7 knee brace. It’s the only knee brace I’d ever heard of that doesn’t actually go on your knee – it goes above it, on your thigh. Like I said, unusual, and I was intrigued enough to order one. It helps that Bio Skin offers a money-back guarantee on the Ten-7 knee brace for skeptics like me.

    I took careful measurements at two locations on my thigh (see the instructions on the Bio Skin website) and ordered the size I need. The fit of the brace is crucial. As a result, Bio Skin offers four size options for the lower thigh measurement and four for the upper thigh reading. With sixteen potential size combinations, the folks at Bio Skin cut and sew each brace to order.

    The brace arrived a few days after I ordered it - I was surprised how light and minimal it looks and feels. I pulled it on and positioned it on my thigh as shown in the simple instructions, tightened the straps, stood up and started walking.

    Whoa!

    I can only describe the feeling as having a powerful spring in my step. It felt like my whole leg was instantly more powerful and stable. My first thought was “I need one of these for my good leg!” I think I could add 12 inches to my vertical jump with a Ten-7 brace on each leg. Talk about performance enhancing!

    As far as my bum knee, the brace is great. I’ve worn it during gym workouts and practicing power moves on the bike. I’ve also worn it for hours at a time while at work. I can feel the compressive action of the brace around my thigh, but otherwise it is so comfortable I don’t want to take it off.

    The pain I usually feel is a sharp spot on the meniscus on the inner side of my knee. The Ten-7 seems to redistribute the load so it isn’t all focused on that sore spot. Overall my knee feels much better and more stable.

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    Here’s how Bio Skin describes the technology behind the Ten-7 brace:

    'The Ten-7 applies high level compression around the muscles and other soft tissues in the thigh that are responsible for controlling and supporting the knee. EMG studies have shown that wearing the Ten-7 alters the firing patterns in the muscles of the legs, increasing the firing intensity of the glutes, while slightly decreasing the intensity in the quads and hamstrings.'

    Sounds nice and scientific. Whatever. It works for me. Will it work for you? Bio Skin is betting it will and offers a money back guarantee to back up their wager."

     

     

     

  • Ultra Marathon Recovery, Training and Racing

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    Brian aka "Cledawg" He's a follower of Jesus, Husband, Father of two, Grandfather of two, Miniature Schnauzer Fan, Retired SMSgt (20yrs USAF), Ultra & Marathon Runner and Monster CLEVELAND BROWNS fan.

    Brian recently ran the Graveyard 100k race and tells us about his recovery process. You can read more about Brian at http://briansrunningadventures.com/ or visit him on twitter @cledawgs

    One of the advantages of blogging about the sport I love and spend a fair amount of time talking about, writing about and thinking about is that once in a while someone asks my opinion about something. Upon receiving the Bio Skin calf skins I thanked the supplier and mentioned I had planned to wear them as recovery for my Graveyard 100k run (March 8/9) as I knew for sure my legs would be beat up, figured this was prime test drive material.

    Out of the box, the sleeves felt like a quality material, not a cheap spandex type item you might find at a discount store.  These are a top end product made of a tri-laminate design to dramatically enhance comfort and wearability. It is constructed of Lycra on the inside and outside with a thin polyurethane “SmartsSkin” membrane in between. Yet, it is only 1.05mm thick and much stronger than neoprene and other fabrics used in orthopedics.  The stretchy fabric felt nice to the touch not course or abrasive with no obviously sharp areas or seams that might dig into you. The sleeves I received were black in color and featured the Bio Skin’s®  logo on the top.

    After completing the 100k race (5th overall male), it took about an hour to get cleaned up and back to my hotel.  I put on the compression sleeves right away and laid down to take a short nap before my drive home.  The sleeves went on easy and were not a challenge to get a comfortable fit.  At this point I began to feel some soreness setting into my legs from the 100k, I laid down for about two hours and when I woke up my thighs were pretty sore but my calves were not.

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    I wore the skins for the rest of the night and proceeded to sleep in them.  From most of my long run/race experience the morning after is the worst for soreness in my legs.  And that was true again, my legs felt every mile of the 63 miles I ran…my quads were tight and a bit upset with me.  But other than some slight soreness in my right Achilles my calves feel much better than my quads in general.  I can’t say zero pain/soreness but I will say they feel about 80% better if I had to put a number on it.

    Thank you  Bio Skin for allowing me to review your product I recommend it to anyone looking for a way to speed up recovery after a long run or race.

     

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