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Frequently Asked Questions
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1.     Who should use Game Ready Equine?

2.     How does compression heal injuries faster?

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

4.     How does cold therapy heal injuries faster?

5.     Why can't I just use ice boots or hose down the horse’s legs?

6.     What types of injuries can Game Ready Equine be used for?

7.     Are there any contraindications to Game Ready Equine usage?

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

9.   What pressure settings are available?

10.   Are these pressures safe?

11.   How does Game Ready Equine differ from other products?

12.   What about care and storage?

13.   How can I purchase or rent Game Ready Equine?

14.   Who can I contact for more information? 

Who should use Game Ready Equine?
Game Ready Equine should be used by anyone interested in treating and preventing equine injuries, including horse owners, trainers, veterinarians, equine therapists, riders, and grooms.

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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. The squeezing action pushes fluid along the horse’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 accelerate the natural healing process. Once the swelling has been removed, the horse’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 is preferable to static compression as it more closely mirrors the muscle contractions that the horse’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 horse’s body in removing existing swelling and can even prevent fresh blood flow.

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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:

Decreased pain.
Decreased muscle spasms
Decreased tissue damage (cold puts the body’s cells into a state of “hibernation,” keeping them alive in the face of the oxygen shortage that accompanies injury rehabilitation).
Decreased swelling (due to less tissue damage).

Game Ready Equine’s dry cold therapy offers several advantages over traditional cold therapy methods (e.g., ice boots or hosing):

Dry cold therapy minimizes the risk of cracked heels, scratches, and dermatological issues that can result from wet legs.
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, ice buckets, or hosing down the horse’s legs.

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Why can’t I just use ice boots or hose down the horse’s legs?
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 Equine’s dry form of cold therapy offers deeper, more consistent cooling without the danger of cracked heels that can occur due to the excessive moisture from wet forms of cold therapy.

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What types of injuries can Game Ready Equine be used for?
Game Ready Equine is an effective way to treat many soft tissue injuries to a horse’s legs, including contusions, bowed tendons, tendonitis, suspensory desmitis, and carpitis. It can also help speed recovery following orthopedic surgery. In addition, Game Ready Equine can be used to accelerate recovery after workouts as well as to treat inflammation.

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Are there any contraindications to Game Ready Equine usage?
Users should check with their veterinarians before administering Game Ready Equine. Game Ready Equine should not be used on horses with inflammatory phlebitis, pulmonary embolisms, congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, suspected deep vein thrombosis, or in any instances where increased venous and lymphatic return is undesirable. The system should be used with caution on an extremity that is not sensitive to pain. Finally, check with a veterinarian before using Game Ready Equine on horses with extremely low blood pressure.

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Where did the idea for Game Ready Equine originate?
CoolSystems, Inc., the manufacturer of Game Ready (for humans) and Game Ready Equine, was founded by a NASA collaborator 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 Equine was developed specifically for the needs of equine athletes with feedback and design input from leading vets, trainers, riders, and the United States Equestrian Team.  The Game Ready Equine System applies the same technology currently being used by more than 90 pro sports teams, 500 professional athletes, and 160 universities nationwide.

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What pressure settings are available?
The Game Ready Equine 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 these 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 Equine are less than those used in conventional blood pressure cuffs.

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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 active cyclical compression (also called “intermittent compression”) and cold therapy in one easy-to-use unit.

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What about care and storage?
Game Ready Equine’s control unit can be cleaned with a mild disinfectant (warm water with mild detergent, Lysol, or hydrogen peroxide), and stored in the carrying case, on a shelf or in any other out-of-the-way place. Any ice and water in the control unit should be removed before storing. Wrap exteriors can be cleaned with a soft cloth and any off-the-shelf disinfectant. The wrap’s interior water chamber can be cleaned by filling the control unit 1/3 full with hydrogen peroxide and running the system for five minutes. The wraps can be stored in the carrying case or a storage area.

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How can I purchase or rent Game Ready Equine?
Game Ready Equine can be ordered by clicking here or calling the company directly at 1.888.GameReady (1.888.426.3732).

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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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