Case studies at the Bellevue sports physical therapy center show how effective the NASA-produced technology is with getting athletes successfully back to their respective sport.
(Bellevue, Wash.) – Remaining in prime physical condition while recovering from an injury can be challenging and frustrating for athletes. Sports Reaction Center, a sports physical therapy center which attracts amateur and professional athletes locally and nationally, helps clients maintain their aerobic conditioning when they are injured throughAlter-G, an innovative treadmill which allows a combination of weight, speed and grade adjustments that allows users to train pain free.
Produced by NASA, the Alter G technology uses air pressure to unload athletes, permitting them to run on a treadmill with reduced weight while maintaining pure running form. The unique experience of running at a lighter weight reduces stress on the joints by as much as 80 percent.
“Competitive athlete are exactly that – competitive – so it is important that they not only fully and properly recover from their injuries, but it is also crucial that they keep fit so they are ready to return to their sport when their injury is healed,” SRC founder Neil Chasan said. “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.”
Founded by Neil Chasan in 2007, SRC’s clients include 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. Professional athletes flock to SRC for the expertise of Chasan and his team of physical therapists, and the company’s cutting edge technology, which includes Alter G.
An example of how Alter G is used includes 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.
”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.”
Initially, the triathlete walked at 50 percent of his weight, and when the time arrived for him to run, he did so at 50 percent without pain. Gradually, he gradually increased his speed and duration, and eventually reached 80 percent of his weight on the Alter G, and then stated working on building his speed. Next, he ran outdoors on a soft, flat surface (like a track), and has is gradually built his training and activity level so that he successfully finished in his scheduled Ironman Canada race in June.
”The Alter–G has allowed him to build his tolerance for loading (weight) gradually and with enough control that he was not worried about overloading his tissue,” Chasan said. “This successful recovery would not have been accomplished without the Alter-G because he was able to minimize the strain on his hamstring while maintaining his cardiovascular conditioning. I doubt that he would be have been able to race last month without the Alter G” notes Chasan.
Named the best rehab experience for their geographical region by Competitor Magazine, SRC serves the Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond areas, but its reputation is so renowned that it attracts athletes from around the country because of tools like the Alter-G
“We resonate with athletes because our unique approach to treating athletes is one that is difficult to find anywhere else,” Chasan said. “Injuries are inevitable in sports. How they are treated determines how quickly and successfully athletes will return competition.”
About Sports Reaction Center:
Based in Bellevue, Washington and attracting athletes of all levels from the Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond areas – and around the United States – Sports Reaction Center (SRC) was founded by Neil Chasan in 1997. SRC performs sports physical therapy services that incorporate innovative technology like OptoJump and NASA-developed Alter-G as well as being a leader in concussion management and biomechanics. SRC’s clients also include multiple athletes who have competed on the world stage, or qualified for the Olympic Trials in Track and Field including World Championship participant marathoner Mike Sayenko, Olympic and Diamond League hurdler Virginia Powell, and several NFL, MLB and NBA players. The clinic also works with area organizations like Club Northwest, VO2 Multisports and the Seattle Rugby Club, and recent National Championship runner up, Old Puget Sound Beach. A graduate of the University of Washington’s physical therapy program in 1982, Chasan is a consultant to the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Rugby Sports Medicine, the author of the iPhone app Pain free Back, and the book “Total Conditioning for Golfers,” and he also produced the video “The Swing Reaction System.” A clinical faculty member of the University of Washington’s physical therapy program since 1990, Chasan teaches and consults with physical therapists around the world.