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Frequently Asked Questions

1.     How does cold therapy heal injuries faster?

2.     Why can’t I just use ice?

3.     How does compression heal injuries faster?

4.     Why is cyclical compression better than static compression at resolving swelling?

5.     What pressure settings are available with Game Ready?

6.     Are Game Ready pressures safe?

7.     Are there any contraindications to Game Ready usage?

8.     Where did the idea for Game Ready products originate?

9.     How does Game Ready differ from other products?

10.   How should I care for and store my Game Ready System?

11.   How can I purchase a Game Ready System?

12.   Who can I contact for more information? 

 

How does cold therapy heal injuries faster?
Cold therapy is universally used to minimize damage following injury and surgery, and to help equine athletes heal faster during rehabilitation. Cold therapy benefits include:

Decreases pain.
Decreases muscle spasms
Decreases tissue damage by slowing the metabolic process.
Decreases swelling (due to less tissue damage).

Game Ready’s dry cold therapy offers several advantages over traditional cold therapy methods:

Dry cold therapy minimizes the risk of dermatological issues that can result from wet skin.
Form-fitting, flexible fabric wraps completely surround the affected area for maximum heat removal.
Patented technology forces fluid into every part of the wrap and continuously cycles fluid throughout the wrap for even, consistent cooling.
Easy to use, without the mess of ice packs.

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Why can’t I just use ice?
To help prevent injuries and reduce swelling, ice (or any form of cold therapy) is only half of the solution. Cyclical compression is the other element necessary to reduce swelling and to assure consistent, effective cold therapy. In addition, Game Ready’s dry form of cold therapy offers deeper, more consistent cooling without the danger of dermatological issues that can occur due to the excessive moisture from wet forms of cold therapy.

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How does compression heal injuries faster?
Cyclical compression’s squeeze-and-release action actively removes swelling from the injury site and encourages fresh blood flow into the treated area. Mimicking natural muscle contractions, the intermittent squeezing action pushes fluid along the animal’s lymphatic drainage system, while the releasing action allows blood flow, carrying fresh oxygen and nutrients, crucial to tissue repair, back to the injury site. The combination of removing swelling and encouraging a re-supply of fresh blood helps to accelerate the natural healing process. Once the swelling has been removed, the animal’s natural tissue repair process can finish the job of healing.

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Why is cyclical compression better than static compression at resolving swelling?
Cyclical compression, such as that provided by the Game Ready System, is preferable to static compression as it more closely mirrors the muscle contractions that the animal’s body uses to gently push tissue debris out of the affected area. Static compression, such as a tightly wrapped bandage, minimizes the amount of fluid that can enter an injury site, but it does very little to aid the animal’s body in removing existing swelling and can even prevent fresh blood flow.

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What pressure settings are available with Game Ready?
The Game Ready System is adjustable to four different pressure settings:

No pressure
Low pressure: 5 to 15 mmHg (5 minute cycles)
Medium pressure: 5 to 50 mmHg (4 minute cycles)
High pressure: 5 to 75 mmHg (4 minute cycles)

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Are Game Ready pressures safe?
Yes, these compression levels should not interrupt blood flow and should be safe and comfortable, even when used post-operatively. The pressure levels used by Game Ready are less than those used in conventional blood pressure cuffs.

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Are there any contraindications to Game Ready usage?
Users should consult their veterinarian before administering Game Ready.

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Where did the idea for Game Ready products originate?
CoolSystems, Inc., the manufacturer of Game Ready®, was founded by a NASA designer whose research pioneered the control of temperature and pressure in spacesuits. Working with athletes, doctors, and physical therapists, Game Ready combined this scientific research with sports medicine to create products that help athletes recover faster from injury and perform at their best. Game Ready veterinary products were developed specifically for the needs of animals with feedback and design input from leading vets, competitive riders, and the United States Equestrian Team. The Game Ready System for small animals applies the same technology currently being used by more than 500 professional athletes, 90 pro sports teams, and 160 universities nationwide—as well as by top equestrian riders and clinics around the world.

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How does Game Ready differ from other products?
Game Ready is revolutionary in that it offers the simultaneous delivery of both dry cold therapy and active cyclical compression (also called “intermittent compression”) in one easy-to-use unit.

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How should I care for and store my Game Ready System?

Control Unit. The exterior of the Control Unit and the visible interior surfaces of the ice box can be cleaned with a soft cloth and mild detergent, 5% bleach solution, 6% hydrogen peroxide, or 70% isopropyl alcohol. DO NOT USE phenolic-based disinfectants (such as Amphyl®), quaternary ammonium (such as Virex®), or any solvent-based cleaners on the Control Unit. Doing so will damage the plastics and will void your warranty. DO NOT USE abrasive materials to clean the Control Unit. Doing so will damage the plastics and will void your warranty.
Caution: The Control Unit is not a waterproof device. Do not apply a direct stream of any liquid onto the Control Unit, submerge the Control Unit, or allow any liquid to pool on the surface of the front panel of the Control Unit.
Procedure:

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and precautions for the cleaning agent you select.
Apply the selected cleaner to a soft cloth and wipe down all surfaces of the Control Unit.
Allow the Control Unit to dry thoroughly before storing it in the Carry Bag.
The Control Unit should be cleaned as needed.

Connector Hoses. The Connector Hoses can be cleaned using a soft cloth and mild detergent or 70% isopropyl alcohol. We do not recommend the use of quaternary ammonium (such as Virex®). DO NOT USE phenolic-based disinfectants (such as Amphyl®), or any solvent-based cleaners on the Connector Hose. Doing so will damage the plastics and will void your warranty. DO NOT USE abrasive materials to clean the Connector Hose. Doing so will damage the plastics and will void your warranty. DO NOT USE any petroleum-based lubricants on the Connector Hose. Doing so will damage the o-rings and will void your warranty. If lubrication is required, the use of silicone spray is recommended. The following silicone sprays have been successfully tested with our o-rings:

DuPont Teflon Silicone Spray (DuPont Part#DS0614101)
3M Silicone Spray (3M Part#62-4678-49)
500 PSI Silicone Pump Spray (Game Ready Part#302056)

Wraps. Gently remove Heat Exchanger from the Sleeve. Hand wash Sleeve in cold water, using a mild detergent or antibacterial soap. Do not use fabric softener. Hang to dry. If needed, the external surface of the Heat Exchanger may be cleaned by wiping down with commercial non-bleach cleaning wipes or hand washed using a very small amount of mild detergent or antibacterial soap. DO NOT MACHINE WASH. Periodically run hydrogen peroxide through your Game Ready System to keep the interior of your wrap clean. Refer to the Wrap Use Guide for more specific Wrap care instructions.

Carry Bag. The Carry Bag should be cleaned using a soft cloth or brush and a mild detergent. Febreze® or the equivalent can be used on the Carry Bag if desired. If the Carry Bag has a biological material on the surface, Steri-Fab® may be used to decontaminate those surfaces. Be sure to test any product on a small portion of the Carry Bag to make sure that it will not damage the material.

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How can I purchase a Game Ready System?
Game Ready canine products can be ordered by contacting the company at 1.888.GameReady (1.888.426.3732) or 510.868.2100 or by e-mail at info@gameready.com.

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Who can I contact for more information?
Simply call 1.888.GameReady (1.888.426.3732) or 510.868.2100 or e-mail the company at info@gameready.com.

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