As I have gotten older, I’ve simply accepted that at some point, everything hurts. The aches and pains seem to multiply by the years, and the dynamic movements that the golf swing requires as well as the general wear and tear only adds to the tally. In the end, with as much golf as I play both for this job as well as my high school golf coaching position, I am very familiar with the usual suspects of pain management from ice to tens units and everything in between.
So, when I was tasked with giving the StaminaPro Recovery Patches a go, I was more than willing.
Like sorcery. Don’t know how they work, cannot show data that shows they work, but in my experience, they justwork. Doesn’t hurt that some of the biggest names in multiple professional sports are seeking them out.
Patch-ing the Story Together
Let’s kick this one off with what exactly is StaminaPro and what is its primary objective?
Well, the name of the game here is “Active Recovery”, meaning recovery during training/activities via the over 200 natural ingredients focused on battling inflammation while also promoting general recovery. StaminaPro assures that all of the ingredients are natural, non-synthetic, and non-harmful, oh, and the patch application they are part of works for up to 24-hours.
The partial list of ingredients according to StaminaPro’s website is below:
“Amino Acids, Activators, Adaptogens, Antioxidants, Arnica, ATP, B-Complex, BCAAs, Beet Root, Bioperine, Boswellia, CoQ10, Curcumin, Enzymes, Glutathione, Green Tea Extract, Hops, L-Glutamine, Lavender, Leucine, Magnesium, MSM, Olive Leaf, Omega-3, Polyphenols, Telomerase, Turmeric, Vitamin D, Vitamins & Minerals.”
As to just how it works? The patches are also “electron imprinted”, which is supposed to use our bodies electric field to initiate the ingredients. There is a more detailed explanation on the StaminaPro website for those science-based heads among us, but frankly it made me go cross-eyed, and I taught science for years.
Do They Work?
Ah yes, in the end those of you reading simply want the answer to this question, do they work.
This one is something I battled when using the patches and while writing this review, not because they don’t work, I truly came away believing they do, but the battle was because other than my word I have no way of showing that they work. StaminaPro has done all sorts of heat measurement studies to show how the patches effect inflamed areas, but I can’t do that. What I can tell you, is that yeah, they worked for me.
Frankly, I’m not totally convinced it’s not just witchcraft or sorcery. I battle some recurring elbow issues with as much golf as I play, as well as a recent issue with my lead arm tricep. Every morning before playing or practicing, I applied patches on the areas where my aches are either chronic or inevitably occur and went about my business. By the time I got to the course I really did feel like the consistent aches were lessened, more than that though, leaving the patches on until 24-hours were up seemed to be the most effective in also helping quell any post activity soreness that occurred. Now, I will say they did not eliminate my most significant pains, but I believe they did lessen the intensity, which for me is a win. As mentioned, I have no way of showing you all that they worked and it wasn’t a placebo, but during testing I used 20+ patches, so the sample size is not small.
Things to know and keep in mind about the StaminaPro patches, they come in three different sizes (1.5”x2.75”, 2.75”x4”, 2”x10”) and the company has done a pretty good job of running the gamut there in sizes to hit a variety of needs. While I wish they would create a wider patch in the 10” version for bigger back placement, the fact is you can use multiple patches and combine the three sizes to hit the spots you need. The company also urges you not to cut the patches for a specific size as they say it will inhibit their overall effectiveness. Lastly, these things are sticky. I am a long time IcyHot patch user and whine about taking those off most times, but these take the tackiness up a notch and will definitely take some hair with them. But that same stickiness is also why they stayed absolutely put when I wore them during activities and even in the shower, for that some involuntary hair removal is more than worth it in my opinion.
In the end, I believe they are worth a shot if you have aches and pains you deal with chronically, they can’t hurt, plus there are a whole lot of professional athletes making use of them too.
Price: Varies – Multiple Packages available from $50.00 to $150.00