Ashland University's athletic program has a new CRYOPress Sequential Cryocompression Unit with which to aid Eagle student-athletes in their recoveries from injury.
The school received the unit, donated by Dr. Matthew Bernhard, MD, and stationed in the Troop Center athletic training room, on March 27.
"We can't thank Dr. Bernhard enough for this magnificent gift," said Al King, AU Director of Athletics. "It provides an instant upgrade to our athletic training facility. This piece of equipment will benefit student-athletes from all 19 sports.
"Our goal is always to provide the best care possible for our student-athletes, and this unique gift allows us to do that. It's something that very few athletic training facilities at our level have."
According to the Grimm Scientific website (www.grimmscientific.com), CRYOPress is effective for edema management related to surgical and other trauma applications.
"This is something I've been wanting for years," said Jeremy Hancock, AU Head Athletic Trainer. "I think it's going to be beneficial to all athletes. Post-surgical and acute injuries is when we really need it. This is something that's just going to benefit us as a staff and our athletes. It's another piece to speed up recovery.
"The first prototype was when I was a student at Ohio University. That's how I got to know this unit, through Skip Vosler, who was the first head athletic trainer here at Ashland."
Hancock noted that both the CRYOPress unit and Ashland's whirlpool unit are from Grimm Scientific.
Ashland University is an NCAA Division II institution with more than 500 student-athletes. The Eagles compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).