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Your Morning Dump…Where the Celtics Are Using “NormaTec”

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

As I was making my rounds of NBA sites this weekend, I came across this picture of Rondo with what looked like goalie pads on. I was immediately intrigued and did some research. Rajon is wearing the NormaTec “MVP” compression recovery system in this pic.

The system uses what’s called “Sequential Pulse Technology” to massage the entire leg and foot as well as rejuvenate & refresh muscles. The MVP includes the large full-length leg boots, and a control unit/pump that dictates the amount and flow of pressure generated. It helps athletes recover from intense workouts, practices or game action and has also been used as post-operative therapy. From NormaTec’s webpage:

“While a healthy athlete’s body eventually will recover from an intense workout, using the Sequential Pulse Technology found only in a NormaTec Recovery System for just 20 minutes can speed recovery.”

NormaTec is a local company, based in Newton, Massachusetts, and their high-tech medical recovery products are also used by Kevin Garnett, Chris Wilcox & many other NBA athletes. Boston Celtics head trainer, Ed Lacerte, respected by many as the best in the business, has nothing but good things to say about the NormaTec recovery system. From their site:

…the NormaTec…quickly became a part of my daily routine with our players for both immediate injury management and post-operative care, and I am more than pleased with the results” -Ed Lacerte, Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist, Boston Celtics

These bad boys run at a little under $2,000 each, and first broke on to the pro sports scene in 2007. Dr Laura Jacobs, a physician and PhD bioengineer, is the founder/inventor of NormaTec:

Dr. Laura F. Jacobs founded NormaTec after seeing an extraordinary need for effective treatment modalities for patients with circulation compromised by disease, surgery, radiation treatment and trauma. As a physician, she wanted the best care for her patients; as an engineer, she determined that the existing compression devices on the market were insufficient to meet that need. To solve this problem, Dr. Jacobs developed and patented the NormaTec PCD (Pneumatic Compression Device) and its unique massage pattern, Sequential Pulse Technology. The NormaTec PCD was engineered to effectively treat chronic wounds, breast cancer lymphedema, circulatory complications from diabetes, and other serious medical conditions.”

Pretty amazing stuff. You can read alot more about NormaTec on their site, and Wired also did a good piece on them.

The rest of the links:

MWDNWilcox at Heart of the Matter|Herald-Darko Still Deciding On Whether To Leave Celtics | CSNNE-Pierce Will Be Ok | NBA.com-Green’s rim rocker tops Dunks of Week|

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  • KY Celts fan

    Slow news day?

  • Picture Planet

    Its way more interesting than breaking down whats sneakers they wore in a 20 point loss. I like reading about this stuff.

  • eddysamson

    Is this just a more expensive version of those necklaces MLB players wear? Nothing but a placebo. Seems like it after they blamed the loss on 7 games in 10 days and that thing was meant to help them stay with it!

    • Celticsfanatic

      Expect it actually has medical justification besides just “it sends positive energy through your body” like those balance bracelets say or whatever necklace you’re talking about.

  • Curt

    Supporting the local economy and supporting a business that is trying to help suffering patients. That’s just one more good thing that professional sports brings to society. These guys do what most can’t so that companies are able to test new technology for use by us mere mortals. Very cool post, KWAPT.

    • http://www.redsarmy.com KWAPT

      Thanks Curt. I try to keep it interesting-glad you enjoyed it.

  • GreenCro

    The way they’ve been playing lately, more of this is what they need:

  • zippittyay

    It’s a great aid in lymphatic and venous return.

  • Brick James

    Man I feel like I need one of these after my weekly pick up games.