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Gearing Up for the Big Game...and More

Issue: 2004 Category: Health and Medicine Category Icon - Health and Medicine
Page: 7-8 Center: Ames Research Center
State: WA Manufacturer: Game Ready, Inc.
Origin: Temperature and Pressure Control for Space Suits
Tech Terms: liquid-cooled, Multiple Sclerosis, Sports Injury, Physical Rehabilitation, Cooling Vest
Honored as an inductee of the U.S. Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame and recognized by the American Astronautical Society as "one of the true fathers of the space suit," Bill Elkins spent years conducting extensive research on clothing technology for hostile environments while he worked at Ames Research Center. During the Apollo era, Elkins assisted Ames in the development of a liquid-cooled garment to protect astronauts from extreme temperatures on the Moon. The garment successfully maintained the astronauts' body temperatures at a comfortable level by utilizing a battery-powered mini-pump to circulate chilled water through a network of tubes lining the garment. Elkins founded CoolSystems, Inc., based on his revolutionary findings that space suit technology could treat athletic injuries and offer therapeutic benefits to those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In 2002, CoolSystems introduced its first product, the Game ReadyT Accelerated Recovery System, which combines space suit technology, medical research, and sports savvy to speed up the healing of athletic and post-operative injuries. Using ergonomic wraps and an adjustable control unit, the Game Ready system is the first sports therapy product on the market to simultaneously provide deep tissue cooling therapy and intermittent compression.
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