New Technology in Ice Therapy; Could Walking be the Best Form of Exercise?

Episode 15.21 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One: New Technology in Ice Therapy: Elite Athlete Recovery 

Dr. Paul Spence Founder & CEO of Aquilo Sports, talks about the Aquilo Sports’ Cold Therapy Suit and how it modernizes the recovery process; benefits, how it works, and how it differs from traditional ice bath therapy.

Dr. Spence is a cardio-thoracic surgeon who retired as a Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville to work full-time on developing medical technologies – he’s developed many innovative products including heart pumps and heart valves and founded Aquilo Sports to improve the performance recovery for athletes.

Aquilo’s cryo-compression system cools you down so you can recover in comfort, get back in the game, and conquer your sport. The Aquilo System consists of a small, portable power unit and hand crafted compression pants made of high-quality, medical grade materials.

The Movistar team completely relied on Aquilo for the entire Tour de France. They have 9 riders who used the cooling system for all 21 stages (some of them several times a day).  Each rider had his own pants.


Segment Two: Put your best foot forward: why walking is good for you

Andrea Rosmann, DPT, ATC, Clinic Director For ATI Physical Therapy talks about the benefits of walking as a form of exercise.

In our journey to get healthy, the majority of us have probably tried multiple types of exercises in an attempt to find some that not only work, but are sustainable.  The biggest challenge to getting in shape is finding a workout routine we’re willing to stick with and that truly provides us with some much needed health benefits.  While there are many exercises that can prove beneficial, whether or not we like them is a different story and it varies from person to person.

Last September, Harvard Medical School posted an article about 5 of the best exercises we can ever do.  These workouts all provide a range of health benefits and can be done regardless of age or fitness level:

  1. Swimming
  2. Tai Chi
  3. Strength Training
  4. Walking
  5. Kegel Exercises (for men and women)

Of these exercises, walking seems to be the one that is the easiest for almost anyone to do, makes us look and feel better, and doesn’t require any additional equipment.

Walking as exercise can not only be used to help us meet the recommended weekly activity level of 150 minutes of moderate physical exercise, but according to the Mayo Clinic brisk walks help us:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lift mood
  • Improve balance and coordination

On top of these benefits, walking is much easier on the joints than many other exercises.  And according to an article in Tech Times, even though running may be better for bone health and weight lifting better for strength training, walking still increases circulation, improves memory, increases growth of new neurons and increases creativity.

Combine the fact that almost anyone can walk for exercise with all of the benefits associated with it, it’s no wonder walking always makes the lists for the best forms of exercise.  So the next time you need to get in a workout and you don’t have any equipment, try going for a walk.

Andrea Rosmann graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University, while also participating as a coxswain for the rowing team. Experienced in treating a variety of orthopedic injuries with special interest in sport injuries and jump re-training.