It is always recommended that you consult with your Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Therapist or GP/ Surgeon before starting any new injury treatment regime, especially if you have recently undergone surgery. The information contained in this website is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your GP or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical question. Back to Questions
RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) has long been used to treat acute and chronic injury and assist in the recovery and rehabilitation from orthopaedic surgery. Game Ready offers the ability to adjust both the temperature and the intermittent compression that is received by the patient and safely deliver the two most-difficult-to-manage aspects of the RICE regime in one easy-to-use application.
The Game Ready System consists of a portable control unit with adjustable pressure, temperature, and timer settings, and NASA technology-based Wraps anatomically designed to fit and treat each major part of the body. Optional accessories including a Dual Connector Hose, Carry Bag, Wrap Bag, and Rechargeable Battery Pack enhance both the applications and portability of the system. Back to Questions
Game Ready’s adjustable cold therapy allows you to adjust the temperature, aiding your comfort – without the mess of ice packs. With static applications of applying cold therapy such as ice / gel packs or cuffs, the temperature of such applications starts to increase as soon as they are applied to the body hence lessening their effectiveness. This is because heat is transferred from the injured and inflamed tissue of the body part being treated into the ice pack or cuff that has been applied, hence warming-melting the fluid-ice that is contained within such applications.
With Game Ready’s Control Unit and NASA technology-based Anatomical Wraps, cold water is circulated through the applied body-part- specific Wrap before passing back through the ice reservoir in a continuous loop, thus allowing a more effective application of cold therapy.
Game Ready can be used by both medical professionals within a clinic or hospital setting, as well as the patient at home to treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal injuries and conditions. Game Ready is used for the treatment of acute musculo-skeletal injury by athletes and active people, as well as the management of chronic injury and by patients recovering from orthopaedic surgery. Back to Questions
The Game Ready System is easy to use. To learn about how the features of the Game Ready System, how it works and the Science behind it, click here. Back to Questions
Compression Therapy (vasopneumatic compression) using Game Ready™ or any compression therapy device should not be used in patients:
·Who are in the acute stages of inflammatory phlebitis in the affected region
·Who have any history or risk factors for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus (including prolonged bed rest) in the affected region (to be treated with this therapy)
·Who have significant arteriosclerosis or other vascular ischemic disease in the affected region
·Who have a condition in which increased venous or lymphatic return is not desired in the affected extremity (eg, carcinoma)
·Who have decompensated hypertonia in the affected region
Cryotherapy using Game Ready or any cryotherapy device should not be used in patients:
·Who have significant vascular impairment in the affected region (eg, from prior frostbite, diabetes, arteriosclerosis or ischemia)
·Who have acute paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria or cryoglobulinemia
It is always recommended that you consult with your Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Therapist or GP/ Surgeon before starting any new injury treatment regime, especially if you have recently undergone surgery. The information contained in this website is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your GP or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding contraindications for cryotherapy and vasopneumatic compression. Back to Questions
WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN ABOUT THE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY BEHIND THE SAFTEY, EFFECTIVENESS, AND APPLICABILITY OF RICE (REST, ICE, COMPRESSION, ELEVATION?
The following resources can provide you with more information (note that these publications are referenced throughout this website):
1. Knight KL. Cryotherapy in sport injury management. 1995. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
2. Wilkerson GB. Treatment of the inversion ankle sprain through synchronous application of focal compression and cold. Athletic Training. JNATA. 1991;26:220-236.
3. Cameron MH. Physical agents in rehabilitation from research to practice. 1999. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA.
4. Sabiston KB et al. The effects of intermittent compression and cold on reducing edema in postacute ankle sprains. Journal of Athletic Training. 1992;27(2):140.
5. Grant KE. Seven steps to optimal healing. 2002. Back to Questions
The Game Ready System is adjustable to four different pressure settings:
· No pressure
· Low pressure: 5 to 15 mm Hg (5 min. cycles)
· Medium pressure: 5 to 50 mm Hg (3 min. cycles)
· High pressure: 5 to 75 mm Hg (3 min. cycles)
WHAT TEMPERATURE SETTINGS ARE AVAILABLE?
Game Ready can deliver therapy at temperatures ranging from 0°C and above, depending on the amount of ice used. The Game Ready System involves the continual flow of water that is circulated through the Control Unit and Anatomical Wraps, therefore eliminating the risk of freezing or applying a sub-zero treatment, thus minimizing the risk of tissue burn or necrosis. Back to Questions
HOW DOES GAME READY DIFFER FROM OTHER PRODUCTS?
Game Ready offers the simultaneous delivery of both intermittent compression and adjustable cold therapy in one easy-to-use unit. Game Ready is different from traditional cold therapy and compression methods (eg, ice packs) because it features:
· Form-fitting, flexible fabric Wraps that completely surround the affected area for circumferential cold therapy.
· Patented technology that continuously cycles fluid throughout every part of the Wrap.
· Adjustable temperature and intermittent compression, helping to promote greater comfort.
· Ease of use—without the mess of ice packs.
There are many features that allows the Game Ready System to stand out from other products. In addition to the clinical effectiveness and portability that the Game Ready System offers, there are also some practical considerations.
The foremost of these is that the Game Ready Control Unit is not a refrigeration unit, hence it does not contain any refrigerant gas, chemicals, glycol or antifreeze. It is safe to use from the operating theatre to the hospital ward, on all forms of transportation, and of course in the workplace or privacy of the home. In addition, the compression that is provided by the Game Ready System is pneumatic, that being it is provided by air rather than fluid being placed under pressure. To learn more about these features, please contact Game Ready in the UK. Back to Questions
The Game Ready Control Unit can be cleaned with a mild disinfectant (warm water with mild detergent, Lysol, 70% isopropyl alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide). Store in the carrying case or in a protected place. To prevent mould or mildew growth, be sure to remove water and ice before storing.
The removable outer Wrap fabric sleeves can be washed by hand or machine, and replaced if necessary. The exterior of the inner liner (heat exchanger) that contains the air and water chamber can be cleaned with a soft cloth and one of the above disinfectants. To clean the air and water chamber interiors, connect the assembled wrap to the Control Unit via the Connector Hose, fill the Control Unit one third full with standard hydrogen peroxide (or one lid measure of standard household bleach and water) and run the system for five minutes. When not in use, coil the Connector Hoses and fold or roll the Wrap(s). To prevent mould or mildew growth, do not store in enclosed plastic containers. Back to Questions
WHAT IS THE GAME READY WARRANTY?
All Game Ready products sold within the United Kingdom and Ireland are warranted against manufacturer’s defects for two (2) full years from the date of purchase, with the exception of the protective outer fabric sleeves for the Game Ready Wraps, which carry a 7-day manufacturer’s warranty.
The Warranty does not cover damages due to external causes, including accident, usage not in accordance with product instructions, misuse, neglect, alteration, or repair.
To obtain warranty service, please contact Game Ready UK. Back to Questions
WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Any questions you may have regarding the Game Ready System or the information contained on this website, please contact Game Ready UK. Back to Questions
Game Ready products were released in the United Kingdom and Ireland in early 2008. The product has quickly been adopted as the modality of choice for national Football, Cricket, Rugby, Tennis, Athletics and other sporting organizations.
For information regarding the purchase or rental of Game Ready products, please contact us at Game Ready UK.Back to Questions
WARNING: The purchase of a Game Ready System via a third party individual or company should be approached with caution. As there is no way to verify the condition of devices purchased from any source other than the licensed UK distributor, any warranty for such devices cannot be honoured and will be void.