Tigers Using Innovative Recovery Technique

5 years 7 months 1 week ago March 11, 2011 Mar 11, 2011 Friday, March 11 2011 Friday, March 11, 2011 2:12:00 PM CST in Tiger Talk
By: Eric Blumberg

COLUMBIA - Injuries play a big role in a football season but the Mizzou Tigers are beating the pain with modern technology to help get athletes back on the field as soon as possible.

Ultrasound, moist heat, exercises, and massages are just some of the ways Mizzou athletes get back onto the field, but there is another state of the art therapy healing the Tigers.

It's tough to miss Jayson Palmgren. He's 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, and wears a mohawk.

"It's just something I've done since last year and my mom said she liked it and wanted me to get it again," said Palmgren.

Palmgren plays football in the trenches. He's a guard on the Mizzou offensive line.

After delivering Saturday hits, his Sundays are sore.

"Terrible, not terrible... Just sore and stuff. Every part of you hurts. Your knees and stuff," said Palmgren of the pain.

He knows all about tweaks, twists, and stingers.

Palmgren continued, "Neck and trap. I just have some knots in my muscles. Just from kicking out people and hitting, people pulling. Hitting and my neck snapping back."

It's Rex Sharp's job to help the Tiger's snap back after injuries, and one of the ways is with the use of light radiation. Just make sure you wear your glasses.

"LASER is really an acronym for Light Amplification for the Stimulation Emission of Radiation," explained Sharp.

"I said what? I don't want no laser. I was kind of scared. I was expecting it to hurt, but you don't feel nothing," recalled Palmgren.

Sharp's on the cutting edge of technology; they have two laser units.

"Really decrease the amount of inflammation and speed up the healing time and that's what we're trying to do," said Sharp.

"I hurt my ankle during two a days, we used that and it healed up really fast and felt better," said Palmgren.

Sharp says the laser can knock a couple of days off the recovery time for a strain or a sprain.

"We would be treating 35-50 guys out of 105 with some modality or another, but I use the laser quite a bit because it's efficient. Time wise, it's pretty efficient," explained Sharp.

And you get to wear the green glasses.

"I try to avoid being seen in those. A man my age... But they're pretty hip. Pretty hip glasses," joked Sharp.

Rex Sharp's spent the last 28 years as a Director of Sports Medicine, and the last 15 of them at Missouri.

Palmgren's started all six games on the Tiger offensive line this season.

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