Alter-G Allows Athletes to Stay Fit Through Injuries
Injuries are one of the most challenging and frustrating experiences an athlete can face. Every benched athlete wants to get back in it as soon as possible.
To help amateur and professional athletes kick start their recovery processes as best they can, Sports Reaction Center (SRC) has announced the public use of Alter-G, an innovative treadmill which allows a combination of weight, speed and grade adjustments and allows users to exercise pain free.
Alter-G has been developed by NASA. It uses air pressure to unload athletes, permitting them to run on a treadmill with reduced weight while maintaining pure running form. This offers a remarkable experience of running at a lighter weight, reducing stress on the joints by as much as 80 percent.
“We combine science with personal expertise to help athletes with their recovery, and the Alter-G is a valuable technology that helps our athletes stay in aerobically fit during the recovery process,” said SRC founder Neil Chasan. “SRC is a sports physical therapy center which attracts amateur and professional athletes including triathletes and long-distance runners, multiple athletes who have competed on the world stage and qualified for the Olympic Trials in Track and Field, as well as NFL and Major League Baseball players.”
Alter G has been used on a 54-year-old triathlete who visited SRC to treat a high hamstring strain that was lingering and not improving. The man had consulted with several physical therapists, but the condition remained the same.
”After examining him and talking to him, it was clear that he had suffered a tear of his insertion and that he needed to consider a more aggressive approach since he had an Ironman race schedule the following summer,” Chasan said. “I referred him for an evaluation by a local physician who performs PRP (Protein Rich Plasma) injections.”
He was shown to have a tear and the injection was scheduled,” Chasan added. “Several weeks after the injection, we started physical therapy, and he immediately started walking on the Alter-G.”
Anti-gravity treadmills like the Alter-G are currently used in several college athletic departments around the country and by individual athletes around the world.
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Edited by Braden Becker