Don MacKenzie, who is a self-proclaimed long distance running junkie completing 16 events throughout 2017, approached Restore in late November, following a recent 10cm tare in his Soleus muscle.
Earlier that same year, Don had experienced a stress fracture in his foot, both of these injuries had impacted in achieving some of his goals for 2018 and decided an alternative approach was required, especially as he had booked himself a spot in the Rally in the Valley of Fire event in early January of 2018.
The Rally in the Valley of Fire event is a 3 day event of back to back half marathons through the Nevada Desert over varying terrains.
Functional Movement Screening provided the insights and a plan was made to get Don back into a position of being able to complete the event and help prevent further injury utilising a combination of Fascial Stretch Therapy, RockTape and providing Don with a toolbox to work with in his own time.
With only completing 3 x 10kms and 2 x 5km training run sessions, combined with altitude stationary cycling across the 7 weeks available prior to Dons event, he completed the Rally in the Valley of Fire without any pain or further injury with a finishing spot of 4th overall and 1st in his age category, his best results in an event yet.
With 18 events scheduled for 2018, Don has set Restore the challenge of keeping him as injury free as possible, so that he can finally compete in the the Coast to Coast longest day event in Feb 2019.
Read more about Don’s story here
Our sponsors Restore Prehabilitation & Recovery utilise Rocktape as part of their toolbox in many different ways, the short video below helps explain how.
Restore will be supplying strips in all competitor’s bags to help your performance during the event and will be available on bag pick up day AND the start line to apply the strips to you for free.
Additional tape will be available for purchase for bigger applications pre and post event.
They will also be available at the finish line to address any strains or pains picked up during Le Race 2018 utilising Fascial Stretch Therapy and Taping strategies, keep your eyes peeled for more information on their post race recovery.
Testament to the work that they do and the results they gain, within the first 4 months of being in full operation and working closely with one of NZ’s top judoka, Jason Koster who had previously taken leave from competition, Liv and Barry at Restore Prehabilitation & Recovery were invited to travel to Europe with Jason in his return to representing NZ, alongside some of New Zealand’s other Top Judoka as they attend training camps and compete in three European tournaments throughout February.
Using a combination of techniques and tools, including Fascial Stretch Therapy, of which they are the only two certified therapists in the South Island, Functional Movement Screening, which allows them to find any movement pattern dysfunctions, and Neurological Re-patterning for stabilization, Liv and Barry's toolbox is geared toward increasing performance in any athlete, and especially the small performance percentages in high performance athletes. (And we all know how important those 2-5 % increases can be!).
Currently testing these techniques In Europe with the Judoka, things are going very well, monitoring daily performance of the athletes, seeing how their new mobility and movement patterns are increasing their performance daily and working with them to decrease muscular fatigue and stress to their bodies as they train intensively.
It is not, however, just combat athletes whose performance is benefiting from their therapies. In their Christchurch clinic, Liv and Barry treat a wide range of competitive athletes from runners and cyclists to canoe polo players. The benefits of the therapies are wide ranging and will improve performance over any sport, in addition to the general life and work place environments.
Read more of Jason’s story here.