Futuristic fitness boost puts Bath Rugby stars on fast-track to recovery
Space-age technology which helped Jessica Ennis and Alistair Brownlee win Olympic gold in 2012 is being used to speed Bath Rugby’s injured players along the road to recovery.
Ross Batty, who came on as a second-half replacement against Exeter Chiefs last weekend, and Carl Fearns, now back in full training after three months out, are among those who have been using the Alter G anti-gravity treadmill.
Developed using NASA technology originally designed to help astronauts keep fit in space, the treadmill offsets bodyweight by up to 80 per cent and protects joints from high impact.
Bath Rugby rehab specialist Brent Taylor explained: “We’ve used the Alter G at Dan Fivey’s personal training studio in Cheltenham for the last couple of months and it is a fantastic bit of kit for rehabilitating players after lower-limb injuries.
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“The ability to tailor the levels of weight bearing has made it possible to accelerate several players back from injury and surgery, enabling them to run earlier and safer than previously possible.
“These players have come back earlier, fitter and with less muscle soreness, as well as a reduced chance of re-injury.”
For more information on the treadmill and rehabilitation work, visit www.danfiveypersonaltraining.co.uk.