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Old 06-04-2013   #275
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Default Re: Texans OTAs thread (5/20-21, 23, 28-30, 6/3-6).

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I'm certainly rooting for the kid, but "next step to get on the field"? "doing drills"? "this is a confirmation"?

To put this in perspective, it is important to understand the antigravity treadmill technology which was originally developed at NASA. It has been used for training runners, rehabbing stroke and Parkinson’s patients as well as rehabbing sports injuries for years. The treadmill works by pumping air into an enclosure that surrounds users from the waist down. They zip themselves in, and an increase in air pressure lifts them so they can run at a fraction of their actual weight (pressing the up/down arrows on the control panel decreases body weight at increments of 1 percent, as much as 80 percent). The reduction lowers the impact on joints and muscles to improve training and performance or help provide a smoother recovery from injury or surgery. Speed and incline are adjustable as with any treadmill. Running on this treadmill is very controlled. You're harnessed in so securely that you really don't feel any balance issues. Balance is obviously mandatory in unaided running stability........and that is a very big jump, and is the point where concern for injury/setback begins. The only controlled study with this treadmill has shown that it does not necessarily have any significant effect on the time that the patient is actually ready for “outside” running. However, the main advantage of this device is as a tool that allows the physician/trainer to determine when it is appropriate to most safely begin running outside (this has always been a problem). The criteria as determined by the study was allowing the patient to run outside after being able to run for at least 10minutes on the anti gravity treadmill at 85% of body weight.



Would be nice if one of these could be fabricated in the horizontal position so us old folks with bad backs or limited pulmonary function could...awh...just wishful thinking.

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