Faster Rehabilitation Through Cold Salt Water Therapy

August 14, 2018
Aquatic therapy allows athletic trainers and physical therapists to help athletes increase training and conditioning, and improve endurance and cardio with less strain on muscles and joints. The benefits of aquatic therapy with a Hudson underwater treadmill or therapy pool gives an injured athlete faster rehabilitation and allows him or her to return to their sport sooner. Hudson also recently partnered with CET CryoSpas in order to provide cold salt water therapy for athletes looking for a daily treatment that can greatly reduce the potential for injury. 
 
In early 2017, Olympic Gold Medalist volleyball player, Lloy Ball, endorsed Hudson Aquatic Systems underwater treadmills and therapy pools. Ball also endorsed the new products the company represents in the USA from CET CryoSpas cold salt water therapy--the CryoSpa Team Sport and CryoSpa Mini. 
 
Hudson recently introduced a new online storefront. Now offered directly through hudsonaquatic.com, the store is a convenient way to order chemicals, filters, parts, or accessories for underwater treadmills and pools. Hudson is always upgrading its underwater treadmill systems and custom therapy pools. Having the strongest, most durable, and long-lasting components is important to the company and Hudson is consistently looking for superior materials to better its products.
 
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A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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Injured Athletic Trainer

August 14, 2018

 

By Larry Cooper

Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC, is Head Athletic Trainer at Penn-Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pa., where he also teaches health, physical education, and sports medicine classes. Since 2012, he has served as Chair of the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee. Winner of a 2016 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, 2015 T&C Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award, and 2014 NATA Athletic Training Service Award, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame in 2014. Cooper can be reached at: coopatc1@gmail.com.

 

As athletic trainers, we are always taking care of our athletes, and we are confident in our abilities to do so. But what if the table turns and you become injured? How do you handle it? Do you seek outside help? Are you a compliant patient? Do you practice what you preach?

Hopefully, this has been rare for all of you, but I am sure at least one of you has been through this. When the athletic trainer becomes injured, it’s a great time to reinforce—while your student-athletes are watching—that it is important to get daily treatment for normal progression back to activity. It is also a good time to demonstrate what a compliant patient does. Those teachable moments are sometimes more meaningful than anything you can say.

Unfortunately, I have had two injuries at work. One required surgery, and one did not. One was significant and really changed the way I approached what seemed like routine, mundane tasks, while the other was just a speed bump in the road we call life. One made me look at how fortunate I had been in my career as an athletic trainer and active individual, and one was more of a nuisance. But both of them, in my opinion, were helped or assisted by my knowledge as an athletic trainer.

The first, more serious injury was a torn right distal bicep tendon. Even though it was hard to do a self-evaluation for this injury, I knew immediately that what I had done was worthy of further diagnostic testing and intervention. To make matters worse, it occurred at the very beginning of the very busy fall season.

However, the biceps injury reinforced that I had an awesome support network at home and work. My wife, who is amazing, my rock, proved again that she is an absolute saint. Being unable to independently shower was a humiliating experience, not because I needed her help, but because I have always considered myself an independent, self-sufficient person. My wife was willing to assist me every day and NEVER complained! It actually made me reflect and reinforce how much I really needed her in my life, not for the care, but for the emotional support, the sounding board, and someone I could share my frustrations with. I would say that the injury made us closer on a different level than the previous 26 years of our marriage.

My co-workers were awesome, as well. I knew they would be. While no one ever wants to get injured on the job, it was unfortunate in that it forced them to work more and pick up some of the slack from the void that my injury presented. They never complained (at least not to me), and we got through it with a different, deeper understanding of everyone’s role. I also think it improved our level and depth of communication because we could not take anything for granted if we wanted to continue to provide the best level of athletic health care that we could.

The second injury was a gastrocnemius strain at the musculotendon junction, and while I had to hobble a little, it didn’t slow me down too much or for too long. It did make me adjust my personal goals as a runner, which was an absolute pain for me. I am a creature of habit, and my morning runs were no longer a possibility. It was at this time that the bike became a bigger part of my workout regimen. While I didn’t realize it at the time of the injury, time away from running actually helped heal some nagging issues that I had as a result of running every day. Since then, I have tried to incorporate more cross training, and it seems to have kept some of the SI inflammation, IT band flare-ups, and shin issues at bay. Amazing what an injury can do for your overall body recovery!

So, through experience, I have learned to listen to my body more, take occasional days off, and change up my workouts all in the name of a healthier, injury-free life. Don’t wait until you have an injury to make some positive changes in your daily routines. Your co-workers, your patients, your body, and your workouts will thank you.

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A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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Water Is Not Enough in Fighting Dehydration

August 10, 2018

Dr. John Greenleaf, Exercise Physiologist and researcher at NASA’s Ames Research Center, spent over a decade conducting scientific studies to develop and optimize a prepackaged formula for dehydrated astronauts. He replaced much of the sodium chloride (table salt) with sodium citrate, easing the side effects of salt on the stomach, and added a high-intensity sweetener to make the sugar-free formula more palatable.

In fact, the formula proved far better, not only for fighting dehydration symptoms, but also for protecting the body from overheating in times of intense exertion or in high heat settings, as well as significantly increasing athletic endurance. The Right Stuff® is the result of a partnership with NASA and it was introduced to the market in 2009 for serious athletes and others at risk of dehydration.

Hydration with sodium is essential for optimal human performance. It plays a wide-ranging role for everything from mental focus and response time to hand-eye coordination, athletic endurance, cramping, and fatigue as well as regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, and transporting nutrients throughout the body, among other things.

Whether you are a hard-charging weekend warrior, an elite athlete, or somebody that deals with extended periods of exertion or sustained high heat situations, you need to protect yourself from dehydration. Water alone and, in many cases, typical sports drinks may not be enough to keep you from the challenges of dehydration. Check out The Right Stuff® from NASA — Serious Hydration for Serious Athletes™.

Visit www.therightstuff-usa.com

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A Rebounder With Versatility

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On-the-Field Hydration

August 10, 2018

A top concern of athletic administrators and coaches this time of year is protecting their student-athletes from the dangers of heat and related illness. What can be done to ensure tragedy does not strike your campus at this time of year?

That’s where Cramer comes in. For 100 years, Cramer has specialized in innovative hydration solutions for their clientele, which includes teams from small high schools to major college programs. According to Cramer, “Keeping your athletes healthy means keeping them hydrated,” and the company provides a trusted line of hydration systems to meet your team’s specific needs.

One of Cramer’s most popular solutions is the ThermoFlo Max Hydration Unit, a 120-quart cooler featuring dual 30-foot copper coils for the continuous flow of chilled water and six drinking stations with self-retracting hoses. Designed for longevity, the pressure-driven unit hooks up to an outside water source for “an unlimited water supply” and was engineered “to be lighter than traditional battery-powered units for easier transportation,” according to Cramer.

When a nearby water source cannot be utilized, Cramer also offers the PowerFlo 50, a safe and portable on-the-field hydration system. Its 50-gallon capacity tank powers from a rechargeable pump, and Cramer says it’s best suited for large teams that “need a lot of water in one central location.”

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A Rebounder With Versatility

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Simple Cold-Water Immersion

August 10, 2018

Cold-water immersion is recommended by organizations such as the NATA and the Mayo Clinic for rapid cooling of athletes, but most institutions rely on a logistically difficult system of large immersion tubs requiring up to 300 gallons of water and ice. The Polar Life Pod® was introduced three years ago as an effective alternative to this method. The pod requires only 40 to 80 gallons of water (four to eight Gatorade-type containers) and is packed in a convenient and transportable 10 pound gym bag, making it the only commercially available, on-demand, rapid, full-body water immersion device that can quickly be set up to use wherever and whenever needed.

The Polar Life Pod® is made out of heavy–duty PVC with a full-length two-way zipper and is capable of fitting any sized athlete, all the way up to seven feet and 400 lbs. It utilizes a dual drawstring hood that allows for full body, neck and partial-head water coverage of the athlete while minimizing water leakage, which is not possible using a large tub. A floating head-support helps to safely elevate the athlete’s head. The Polar Life Pod® also has arm ports with sleeves which allow athletes to extend their arms outside of the Pod to give health professionals access to the arm. In addition, there is an attached thermometer bag and access port midway down the Polar Life Pod®, which allows access for monitoring the athlete’s temperature.

The large tanks and tubs that are often recommended to achieve near full body immersion are not portable, can be difficult to set up, are difficult to keep cold all day, and require huge amounts of ice. Additionally, most sites set up a tub at one central location requiring the athlete to be transported to the tub and then lifted into it. This adds time and complicates the process. Other portable methods such as tarps cannot come close to achieving near full-body immersion safely. Because they are not designed for the purpose of immersion cooling, it can be difficult for even trained professionals to use them effectively or safely.

Visit www.polarlifepod.com

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A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Author and Strength Coach Mike Mejia Praises VersaClimber

“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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Quick and Easy Hydration

August 10, 2018

Waterboy Sports’ hydration systems make re-hydrating quicker and easier, thereby encouraging athletes (and staff) to re-hydrate more frequently. With multiple direct-hydration nozzles and up to four bottle-filler nozzles, your athletes don’t have to stand in line, cool down, and cramp.

Waterboy’s patented Through-the-Lid™ bottle-filling technology combines direct hydration and bottle-filling into a single system. Through-the-Lid™ technology eliminates the time-consuming and unsanitary practice of removing the lids to refill drinking bottles.

Waterboy Sports’ hydration systems allow athletic trainers to focus on the medical aspects of their duties rather than hauling water coolers around to ensure that the athletes are replacing lost fluids. With multiple drinking nozzles, these hydration systems re-hydrate athletes faster—allowing them to spend more time on drills,which is what coaches want.

Starting as a simple water cooler on a simple dolly, Waterboy’s hydration systems have evolved into a variety of configurations to meet the differing needs of users. From gravity-fed, cooler-mounted models, through spigot-fed drinking trees and chiller systems, to the industry-leading, fully-mobile Horizontal Power Filling Station, there is a Waterboy Sports hydration system for any athletic program.

The hydration program is unique to each athletic program. Some programs’ needs are met with a single spigot-fed drinking tree while others strategically deploy their systems throughout their practice facility for position-specific groups, and everything in between.

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A Rebounder With Versatility

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Cools Proactively

August 10, 2018

Kryofit Sport’s Targeted Thermal Support (TTS) sleeves cool athletes proactively, rather than treating them after the damage is done. The ice-cold compression sleeves target cold inserts on eight strategic pulse-points. Evidence from a large meta-analysis from The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) shows that cooling during activity improves athletic performance and “may contribute to a reduction in heat related injury.”

For the first time, there’s additional options to help with heat safety and performance. Cooling lasts for up to 45 minutes at safe temperatures, sleeves target up to eight pulse-points simultaneously and have variations for the arms and legs, including calf compression with two cooling zones. The non-restrictive and virtually weightless TTS sleeves can be worn during exercise or competition and can be worn during breaks to help improve  recovery time. After activity, wear the TTS sleeves on eight different joints to help athletes enjoy a mess-free, non-restrictive ice session, reducing traditional messy bags of ice.

Kryofit Sport’s TTS sleeves were developed by professionals in the medical industry, using clinically-proven temperature management techniques and clinical data from the BJSM. Originally invented as a method to improve heat tolerances during exercise, the innovative solution has quickly found its way to players in the NFL, pro boxers and MMA, pro and D1 soccer, triathletes, competitive runners, lacrosse, and even Olympic athletes.

Visit www.kryofitsport.com

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A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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Mateflex has indoor pool surfacing that is safer and more enjoyable to walk on than concrete. Mateflex offers perforated tiles to allow water to drain through that can cover up old, unsightly concrete or just spruce up a new area with a colorful design. The interlocking tiles dry quickly while keeping your feet out of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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Help Protect Athletes from Heat-Related Injuries

August 10, 2018

The WeatherHawk WBGT monitor measures air temperature, globe temperature, and humidity to provide the heat stress index for controlling physical activities in hot environments to limit the danger of heat-related injuries. It provides the readings and the caution levels of heat index. This is important because prolonged exposure and/or physical activity at a high heat index is likely to lead to sun stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even death.

Convenience sets the WeatherHawk apart from competitors. With the included arm band, the WeatherHawk WBGT heat stress monitor frees up your hands while still monitoring the environment. For athletic trainers, coaches, and other professionals, this is huge because the WeatherHawk WBGT monitor allows them to focus on the game plan while the monitor will alarm them when the heat index becomes unhealthy for physical activity. It gives the coaches and athletic trainers a tool to use to help protect their athletes.

After years of discussion with the manufacturer about the effects and dangers of heat index, the WeatherHawk WBGT heat stress monitor was developed. The WeatherHawk WBGT can be worn on the arm with the included arm band or it can be mounted on a tripod while monitoring the heat index. With either application the WeatherHawk WBGT is out of the way but still providing an indicator if the heat index rises too high.

Visit www.weatherhawk.com

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A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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WissTech Celebrates 20 Years of Portable Drinking Fountains

August 10, 2018

The Hydration Station, Coil Cool, and the new Del Sol solar-charged drinking fountain provide on-demand drinking fluids for exercising athletes, workers, and caterers. When the athlete or user bends one of the exclusive brass bend water nozzles, drinking fluid is pumped directly into the mouth for consumption.

WissTech products are superior to competitors’ because of its rigid manufacturing specifications. All welded “triple bent” aluminum carts with industrial casters and no-flat tires create the base. The company utilizes a large, 3.3-gallon-per-minute pump that distributes fluids at lower pressures to contain overspray and lost water on the ground. And lastly, WissTech’s construction is modular so any part is easily replaceable.

The Hydration Station, Coil Cool, and Del Sol provide a portable source of on-demand drinking fluids. WissTech’s machines are very easy to fill and drain, and have a low center of gravity. There are no overhead racks to make the machine top-heavy or get in the way of the tank opening to fill with ice or water.

The WissTech line of products was born out of a need in the athletic training practice of WissTech Enterprises’ founder, Bill Wissen, MA, ATC, LAT. Bill purchased one of the first drinking fountains ever offered by a manufacturer. The machine fell apart within two weeks of purchase. Wissen repaired the machine on a treatment table, and vowed to make a better machine in his garage. WissTech Enterprises was founded in 1998, and now produces the world’s finest drinking fountains.

To utilize the company’s products, simply fill them with ice and water, roll them to the field, and enjoy. Visit www.wisstechenterprises.com

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A Rebounder With Versatility

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“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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The Evolution of the Lifting Platform

The days of the above ground weightlifting platform may be a thing of the past. More and more high schools, colleges, and professional strength and conditioning facilities who are either building a new facility or renovating an existing facility are going away from the traditional above ground lifting platform and choosing the inlaid platform, which … CLICK TO READ MORE...

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On-Site Accuracy

August 10, 2018

Several years ago, Kestrel Instruments started getting calls from athletic trainers looking for easier, more accurate ways to monitor the heat and keep their players safe. The Kestrel team immediately starting working, and the result has been their line of heat stress trackers and weather meters.

Partnering with the Korey Stringer Institute, Kestrel made sure the products would address the concerns of athletic trainers. “We wanted to know what’s the need, how can we help, and what can we develop?” says Monica Devlin, Kestrel Brand Manager. “An organic relationship developed between us and KSI, and they explained the problem and how to help athletic trainers. Then we went to our engineers and said, ‘Can we do something about this?’ And we did.”

Unlike the sling psychrometer, the Kestrel’s heat stress monitoring products are easy and efficient with athletic trainers’ precious time. More importantly, they can provide accurate on-site readings for WBGT.

“If you’re using weather information from the news, it could be from a city or airport that’s miles away,” says Devlin. “That environment is so different than what you’re experiencing on your field. On-site measurement is always going to be more accurate than an app or the weather station. You’re always going to make better safety decisions if you have that on-site control.”

All of Kestrel’s products are made in the U.S.A. and come with a five-year warranty. Further, athletic trainers can set the device to store data at specific time intervals and then send the information to their smartphones—making it easier to document, store, and share readings.  Visit www.nkhome.com

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A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Author and Strength Coach Mike Mejia Praises VersaClimber

“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Indoor Pool Surface Solution

Mateflex has indoor pool surfacing that is safer and more enjoyable to walk on than concrete. Mateflex offers perforated tiles to allow water to drain through that can cover up old, unsightly concrete or just spruce up a new area with a colorful design. The interlocking tiles dry quickly while keeping your feet out of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

The Evolution of the Lifting Platform

The days of the above ground weightlifting platform may be a thing of the past. More and more high schools, colleges, and professional strength and conditioning facilities who are either building a new facility or renovating an existing facility are going away from the traditional above ground lifting platform and choosing the inlaid platform, which … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Teaching Principles: Neck Rotation

Coach Bill ‘Jake’ Jacobs goes back to the basic teaching principles with Neck Rotation. View his demonstration.  CLICK TO READ MORE...

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