Sports Tape at West Point(CBT)

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  1. cmccollum4693

    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    Will we be able to acquire sports wrapping tape at West Point during CBT? Or should we bring plenty of it along?
     
  2. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    You might be able to...but if you think it'll be necessary then I'd bring along with you. Either way, if you have your own it'd definitely make things easier for you.
     
  3. scoutpilot

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    In general, such wraps are something that should be applied by the medic. An injury that requires wrapping or causes chronic pain will likely result in a profile.
     
  4. cmccollum4693

    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    I like to wrap my shins sometimes in order to prevent splints, which is why i would be using the tape. Would that require a medic, or could I simply apply it on my own since its only preventative treatment?
     
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    Your SL or PSG is likely going to have questions if you show up at formation with tape wrapped around your shins, especially since a medic would not wrap your shins to prevent shinsplints. You could try it, but it's going to get you some serious attention.
     
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    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    I'll take your advice and not draw attention to myself. Getting the attention of my cadre would be worse that having to endure mild shin splints.

    Thanks Scout
     
  7. Dixieland

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    Are the shin splints new or something that you have often? Any chance to see a sports medicine doctor? Rest from running, lots of stretching, and ice was what my new cadet was prescribed. He had been preparing for Beast with a lot of running on pavement wearing the wrong kind of shoe for his foot. Are your running shoes new and did you have them fitted by a running shoe expert? That made all the difference in the world----my cadet really pronates and shoes that corrected that took care of the shin splints.
     
  8. A'sMom

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    Dixieland, do you remember the brand or which shoes your son got for beast? My son also overpronates and is having a time with shin splints. We just bought him a pair of "Brooks Beast" running shoes and hoping this will make all the difference. He hasn't been able to try them yet, as he is is icing right now and trying to heal before he does. Also, any advice from anyone as to how to deal with shine splints would be greatly appreciated.
     
  9. CPT_Claw

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    Best advice is to go to a store which specializes in running shows ... not the one at the mall with the sales people dressed like referees. THe specialists will have the New Cadet run on a treadmill, film/analyze his strike pattern and then determine the best show for them. It's worth the few dollars more.

    Also, they will usually keep the information in their database, so when at the end of Beast arrives and they need another pair of shoes, the store knows exactly what they need and can ship them out for you all.

    Of course, you can always also use the specialists for their know-how and THEN go to the mall, but that wouldn't be cool. :redface:
     
  10. Dixieland

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    My cadet was fitted for Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 last spring at "Run for Your Life", a local specialty running store. He tried quite a few styles and ran on the treadmill and up and down the sidewalk in front of the store before he and the salesperson were satisfied that he had the proper shoe. This made such a difference with his running; he had been running in comfy, squishy Nikes that he had selected partly because of their cool appearance. We took a second pair of the Brooks to him on A-Day because his first pair were pretty well trashed.

    Shin splints can be a booger....it was frightening for my cadet to be told "no running" when he needed to prepare for Beast and that he was heading for a stress fracture. Stretching and icing the painful areas helped a lot. He did fine at CBT and has had no more problems.
     
  11. abeastlybeast

    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    My dad and I went shopping a few weeks ago for all the supplies I'll need during Beast. He spent a lot of money already so I tried to aim for a cheaper pair of running shoes and ended up with a pair of New Balance shoes. Initially in store they seemed to fit well and would prove a decent pair of shoes. However, after running with them a few times, I realized they were not good running shoes. I constantly felt like I was running slow in them and received no support.

    Today, I went on google and searched for a local running shoe store that had expert staff. I went to the store, ran on a treadmill and had my striking pattern analyzed by an employee. He directed me to three types of shoes: K-Swiss, Brooks, and Soucony. I tried all the pairs on and ended up going with the Souconys. I tried them out this afternoon and they are a drastic improvement over the cheap New Balance shoes.

    In short, spend the extra money for the good pair of running shoes. I used my own money from graduation presents and purchased a nice pair of Soucony shoes for $90.95 (with a 15% discount because I told the employee they were for use at West Point). I believe well-fitted shoes will prove incredibly important during Beast Barracks.
     

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