Pitt State athletes have a new space to relieve the aches and pains that competition often brings.
Intercollegiate Athletics hosted an open house for the newly renovated and expanded Freeman Health System Gorilla Sports Medicine Center in the Weede PE Building on Feb. 11. President Steve Scott, Freeman Health CEO Paula Baker and Dr. Michael Zafuta were on hand to officially open the new facility.
Phil Carr, head athletic trainer and associate athletic director for sports medicine, said the new facility increased the space to take care of student athletes from 1,250 square feet to 2,200 square feet.
“The partnership with Freeman also allowed Pittsburg State to almost double the athletic training staff, moving from three certified graduate assistant athletic trainers on staff to five,” Carr said.
The center’s new 800-gallon Grimm Scientific Hydrotherapy Console will accommodate eight large males on the cold side (450 gallons) and six large males on the hot side (350 gallons). The two 110-gallon stainless steel tanks previously in use would accommodate only two larges males at a time. The Grimm Hydrotherapy Console has a stand-alone, insulated cooling and heating system, which eliminates the need to add ice or continuously add hot water to keep the water at appropriate treatment temperatures.
The Sports Medicine Center also includes a new shuttle MVP Pro, which improves the athletic training staff’s ability to rehabilitate knee, hip, back, ankle and eventually upper extremity injuries.
Carr said the facility improves the university’s ability to continue to provide quality rehabilitation in-house following injuries and surgeries.