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John Carey, gym manager, along with Tim Forde, general manager and Anne-Marie Kinsella, chartered physiotherapist demonstrating the new anti-gravity AlterG treadmill for John Crowe, cathaoirleach Clare County Council.

NASA helping Clare athletes back to fitness

Space age technology originally developed by NASA is being used at Active Ennis Leisure Complex to help improve recovery times, increase mobility and lessen the chance of future injury for athletes and patients.

The Ennis complex [part of swmming pool] is the only facility in the Mid-West to provide public access to an anti-gravity AlterG treadmill, which has previously been used by internationally renowned sports stars such as former Irish rugby international Brian O’Driscoll, Barcelona footballer, Luis Suarez; multiple tennis Grand Slam champion, Rafa Nadal and Irish Olympian, Derval O’Rourke.

It’s more widely used across the United States where it is a regular feature of the recovery process for injured professional basketballers and American footballers.

Physiotherapists throughout the world have hailed the treadmill for its role in expediting rehabilitation for athletes overcoming lower leg injuries, or for patients with a variety of medical conditions such as strokes, Parkinson’s Disease and total knee and hip joint replacements.

“We are delighted to expand our offering by providing this new facility in conjunction with an in-house consultant physiotherapist,” commented Tim Forde, Active Ennis general manager.

“We would invite anyone interested in seeing the AlterG in operation or finding out more about the technology behind the treadmill to call into Active Ennis Leisure Complex,” added Mr. Forde.

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