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IS IT ACTIVE PATCH 4U ? – OR JUST FOR ME!

Active Patch 4U – is it a worthwhile investment and does it work?   At a time of year when you are considering and entering races to do for the coming season and your probably well into base training whether that be running or a cross training activity, some of us are injured. Now its sort of okay over the Christmas and New Year period as other things tend to take over, but when your itching to get back into training and your injured it plays on your mind, all those lost days and how many weeks it will take to get back to some semblance of fitness. That’s when you start to ramp up your injury physiotherapy, rehabilitation exercises and indeed anything else that will get you back as quick as possible.  Well how about Active Patch 4U?

Active Patch 4U is a French based company created by founders Arnaud Tortel and Jacques Casper from an original idea by Casper and a collaboration between the two in 2009 that leads to 4 years of further research before the patch is put into production and branded Active Patch 4U.

Tortel is a physiotherapist and polar explorer who has knowledge of Chinese acupuncture. Casper who had developed the membrane idea in 2008 fine tunes the membrane size and concentration to achieve optimal results to the eventual patch you see now.

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Out of the box – Key Statistics

The patches can be ordered in boxes of 8, 16, 24, 40 or 100
They come in a number of colours, flesh, turquoise, plum or fuchsia.
Patch Size – 9.8 cm x 5 cm

Price

Depending on quantity ordered the patches are approx Eur 2 each.

Latest prices – Pack of 8 – Eur 19.90, pack of 16 – Eur 35.90, pack of 24 – Eur 49.90, pack of 40 – Eur 79.90 and pack of 100 – Eur 179.90

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Active Patch 4U versus a AA battery

Treatment

These patches are based on an acupuncture principal and so you usually need between three and four patches for any treatment. The Active Patch 4U website has an excellent self help zone for guidance in how to use and apply the patches. They are primarily for joint and muscle problems.

Here is list of typical applications.

Ankle, Knee, Hip, Hands, Elbow, Shoulder, Lumber Region, Cervical Region and Dorsal Region.

The Active Patch 4U team have enlisted a series of well known trail and ultra running athletes to lead the way in testing the patches. Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg, Ricky Lightfoot, Tim Olson, Anton Krupicka, Anna Frost, Julien Chorier, Stevie Kremer and Francois d’Haene to name but a few. What would be really interesting is to see if mainstream athletics such as track and field would start to use the patches and endorse them?

Field Test

Treatments – I have used the patches on several occasions for the following issues.

  • Discomfort linked to the stability of the ankle
  • Discomfort in the calf
  • Discomfort on the top of the foot and toes
  • Discomfort in the hamstrings

Application of the patches was followed as per the website diagrams. I am a great believer that health is all in the mind, so a sort of placebo effect is important. If you invested several pounds in the patches you have to believe in their success. I would also advocate that the patches are used as part of a holistic approach to healing. You cannot just rely on sticking a few patches on and think that in a day or two it will go away. Seek and use other healing processes whether that is stretching, physiotherapy or just even rest.

In all my cases, the injury was resolved within a few days. What did I like about these patches? They are easy to carry around with you if you are traveling, they last for at least five days quite well even after being soaked in showers everyday and that does not detract from their stickiness.

There is a whole other facet to these patches in their use as preventive treatment. To date, I have not done this but as I have had recurrent ankle injuries I am going to embark on some preventative measures with the patches and see the outcome. The trouble with this is that there are so many variables that one could not for sure really attribute it to just the patches. But surely that is what it is about? , these patches are part of an armoury you can use to prevent, treat and have a successful running career and isn’t that what everyone is seeking!!

Latest update : December 2014 – With a another, this time left leg, hamstring issue and some physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises done without total success I am now embarking on some patch treatment. I believe in these little patches so will be aiming to get back to training in very early January 2015.

All images are copyright Ian Campbell – Photography

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2015 CALENDAR

2015 CALENDAR FOR SALE

A limited edition calendar for sale at £15 plus p&p. – [Order now in time for Christmas]

See all your favourite endurance athletes throughout the year to inspire you to yet greater achievements. The calendar includes Kilian Jornet, Anton Krupicka, Maite Maiora, Jesse Haynes, Tim Olson, Philip Reiter, Jason Schlarb and of course Rory Bosio.

To order see the menu option on the my website.

Maite Maiora - January

Maite Maiora – January

Jesse Haynes - February

Jesse Haynes – February

Tim Olson - March

Tim Olson – March

Transvulcania - La Palma - April

Transvulcania – La Palma – April

Philip Reiter - May

Philip Reiter – May

Lago Misurina - Italian Dolimites - June

Lago Misurina – Italian Dolimites – June

Kilian Jornet - July

Kilian Jornet – July

Rory Bosio - August

Rory Bosio – August

Limone Sul Garda - September

Limone Sul Garda – September

Keep on running! - October

Keep on running! – October

Anton Krupicka - November

Anton Krupicka – November

Jason Schlarb - December

Jason Schlarb – December

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

MEN’S RUNNING MAGAZINE

Really pleased to see my The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail article published in the October edition of Men’s Running magazine.  Get your copy….it’s packed with tons of great articles!!

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Words – Ian Campbell  – Photography – Alberto Orlandi / Giovanni Marchesi

ULTRA RUNNING MAGAZINE

ULTRA RUNNING MAGAZINE  September 2014 issue

Great to have some images from The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail published in the September edition of ULTRARUNNING magazine.

Anton Krupicka wins the 2014 Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

Anton Krupicka wins the 2014 Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

Mike Foote on his way to second place.

Mike Foote on his way to second place.

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Anton Krupicka amongst the stunning Dolomites

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Rory Bosio takes the win in course record time.

 

 

 

 

FACES – ONGOING PROJECT

Just some new images that I have added to my ongoing project on the faces of sport.  The full set is under my photography page.

 

All Images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

TNF LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL

Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2014 Pre Race Press Conference

Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2014
Pre Race Press Conference

See the link to http://www.irunfar.com preview on The North Face –  Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

All Images are copyright – Ian Campbell – photography