Sports Medicine: Services for Athletes
Our main facility is in Carver next to Erickson Field which is featured in the pictures below.
Other Facilities include Erickson Field and Pepsico where we have full tables, hydroculators, and other equipment and modalities set up for athletes to use at their disposal.
Interferential Current Therapy (IFC)
Targeting the pain site, not the entire body
Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) is a noninvasive therapy indicated for the symptomatic relief from, and management of, chronic intractable pain and post-surgical and post-trauma acute pain. It provides a safe and effective alternative to pharmacological approaches to pain control. IFC has minimal side effects and is non-addictive. Adverse reactions associated with electrotherapy may include skin irritation beneath the electrodes.
Advantages of Interferential Current Therapy
- Safe and effective alternative to pain control medications
- Non-addictive and minimal side effects
- Patients can manage their own pain
Mechanism of Interferential Current Therapy
When two medium-frequency circuits of slightly different cycles per second are superimposed, interference is formed which blocks the transmission of pain messages at the spinal cord level. This interferential stimulation is concentrated at the point of intersection, deep in the tissues, between the electrodes.
IFC modulates a high frequency (4000 Hz), versus TENS which typically delivers at 125 Hz. When current is applied to skin, skin resistance decreases as pulse frequency increases. Thus, IFC crosses the skin with greater ease and with less stimulation than with TENS. Interferential current reaches greater depths and over a larger volume of tissue than other forms of electrotherapy. Normally, very deep pain is difficult to reach with traditional modalities. IFC increases circulation as well.
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Ultrasound machines are a treatment modality used by physical therapists that utilize high or low frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature. They penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming.
This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves also cause vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists in healing. The physical therapist can also adjust the frequency on the machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation.
We have a total of 4 ice machines dedicated to three of our facilities located at Carver, Pepsico, and Erickson Field.
In addition, players and students alike can access them whenever they need ice (Students use Pepsico).
Some players say we have the best ice in the CCIW!
Manufactured by Cool Systems, it's a great advancement in cryotherapy which encompasses ice and compression for pain management and reduction of inflamation.
Continuous active compression and circumferential cooling in one convenient treatment system that delivers greater benefits than cold therapy alone.
The Chill Pool is a favorite among the various sports that have the chance to jump in.
It is ideal for those with acute or chronic injuries - as well as helping recovery after practice!
Each day our wonderfull staff ensures the chill pool is cleaned multiple times a day.
Here - Lauren shows us the "Fitter" and how it is used for rehab and propreoception exercises.