Rory McIlroy was seen in Thursday's first round of the 2018 PGA Championship wearing an odd patch tape on his arm. It's not like the four-time major winner to put on something like KT Tape, but the Ulsterman had something big and noticeable on his arm at Bellerive. So what is that thing on McIlroy's arm?
What Rory McIlroy was wearing is called StaminaPro, which is a recovery patch used by other PGA Tour players to help their bodies recovery quickly from injury. Specifically, the company behind StaminaPro says the product is "for inflammation, fatigue, and the kinds of tension and aches and pains that dedicated athletes tend to suffer from."
Someone like McIlroy would wear the product because it would allow their body to recover faster from an injury or fatigue without having to rest. The company says the StaminaPro patch has "more than 200 of nature’s most impactful natural remedies for inflammation, including omega 3s, green tea extract, amino acids and beetroot."
Specifically, according to StaminaPro, the patches are "charged" with 6 quadrillion "electrons captured from natural remedies known to reduce inflammation and promote recovery." The words "advanced quantum physics" are used in describing how the patch gets "energy medicine technologies" with "non-ionizing electromagnetic fields" to relieve inflammation.
That might cause skeptics to believe StaminaPro is one of those "natural" products that don't really do much, and the product has detractors. However, it seems to have earned McIlroy's use. Justin Rose and Tony Finau have also used the product.
The patches come in three different sizes, lasting 12 or 24 hours, depending on which page of the website you're visiting.