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GameReady Review..

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I know it's not the review section but it's not really ski equipment either. It is however equipment that relates to our health as skiers.

As many of you know I broke my Femur last May. Sometime just a liitle while after my rehab began there was an article in the SF Chronicle about this new device that will take the axiom RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to new levels. It's called the GameReady. It's a system that takes all the know good things about conventional icing and uses technology to accelerate the recovery process. The unit is aptly named the "accelerated recovery system".

I was thinking how cool. I'd love to get my hands on one of those units to try out. It just so happened that my wife who is a therapist, happened to get contacted by the company for totally different reason. They wanted her to evaluate the possibility of a new addition to their line (device for hands). She happened to mention that I (her husband) injured himself while skiing. The outcome is I now have had an evaluation unit in my hot little hands for a couple of weeks.

The system takes an older type system of recirculating ice water through a sleeve that is wrapped around the affected area. Systems in the past have been either gravity fed or newer systems had small pumps to do this. My friends and relatives let me borrow theirs during the first part of my rehab. The GameReady does the same but the sleve is much better designed. The wrap can be dis-assembled so the part that comes in contact with you can be washed seperatly from the bladder. The hoses are detachable and the water being circulated can be controlled some. The bladder is channeled so that the water being circulated moves accross the whole area and you don't get warm or cold spots. Some of the other systems tended to be colder right where the water entered and warmer around the rest of the system.

Then what really makes the system different is that built into the bladder is an air bladder that can be inflated. The system unit controls this as well and slowly add pressure to the bladder. It's kind of like a blood pressure cuff. There are multiple settings for the amount of pressure you can have. The maximum pressure is something like 75mmHG. Instead of just straight pressure however, the system pulses this pressure. 2 minutes on 1 minute off.. It's enough pressure to cut off your circulation if it were just left on..

I have been using the system since I got it. (almost 2 weeks now) I use it daily in the evenings to get any swelling down that is a result of being on my feet. I have also been using it right after workouts or heavy activity. The results have been amazing. After a workout, I'll use it for about 10-15 minutes and I am pretty much pain free from the workout. I can usually get right back to my daily routine or out to do some work. At night before I hit the bed, I run the system for about 20-30 minutes and the knee is much more comfortable throughout the night and most of the next morning. I used to wake up with stiffness and swelling in my knee. Now it's fine until I'm on my feet for most of the day.

The system is very easy to use, Fairly comfortable, and very fast considering the results. You just supply it with Ice and water, Plug it in to an avail outlet, Wrap the sleeve around the affected area, push a few buttons to set it up and you are done until the treatment ends. The instructions are well written and easy to understand. Assembly and dis-assembly are simple.

I have been using the knee sleeve but the system can be purchased with an ankle, elbow and shoulder sleeve as well.

They are not cheap. $2000.00 for the control unit, and several hundered for each sleeve depending on which sleeve you need. But if you are serious about getting back to your activities quickly or need a better Icing system, This is definately the way to go.

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Gameready is awesome. I have one that I can borrow and having been using it regularly for the various aches and pains brought on by sports (not too mention the aging process).

My understanding is that it was developed by and for professional football players.

The price is very high, but the results speak for themselves.
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