Getting GameReady

Each individual’s rehabilitation journey will differ, so will the determination to complete prescribed exercises. We always aim to get clients back on routine as quickly and safely as possible. 

At Progressive, we utilise the GameReady Med 4 Elite injury recovery system to fast track the rehabilitation process in the acute stages. This method is proven to enhance the initial recovery process and is beneficial post-surgery. Although commonly used in the acute phase, the GameReady is useful throughout any stage of the injury rehabilitation process.

So, how does GameReady actually work?

The GameReady system combines cryotherapy with intermittent compression, so hot and cold compression therapy, to optimise therapeutic benefits after injury or surgery. This method reduces time spent in the acute inflammatory phase, reduces pain and improves range of motion.

Driven by technological leadership and inspired by human endeavour, this innovative tool provides optimal benefit during the rehabilitation process. With a strong evidence base, we utilise this tool with clients to maximise the benefits during their rehabilitation journey with us.

With dual wrap action combining cryotherapy and intermittent compression. Together, the hot and cold compression methods reduce fluid and limit bleeding within the joint. At the tissue level, the blood vessels constrict and fluid outflow into the interstitial space is reduced.

Cryotherapy reduces the number of white blood cells that migrate to the injury or surgical site. It reduces their release of inflammatory chemicals and will help slow down the conduction of pain nerve signals.

The intermittent compression is the cuffs that fill with air and squeeze the area. This will increase the blood flow through the veins. In combination, cryotherapy and intermittent compression provide therapeutic benefits that will reduce the pain and swelling of the affected area. 

Cold and hot therapy

Cold therapy promotes Vasoconstriction meaning the reduction of blood flow and the reduction of inflammation and swelling to the injured site. Cold therapy also reduces the occurrence of muscle spasms and imbalances that may be felt as a result of an injury.

Heat therapy promotes vasodilation where the blood vessels are diluted, decreasing the amount of blood pressure experienced. With an increase in circulation to the injured site, heat therapy works to support the lymphatic system, reducing pain and stiffness to the injured site.

In conjunction, the cold and hot therapy is what makes GameReady a unique tool. We regularly use this tool where appropriate to promote a safe and fast recovery to get you back to your routine post-injury or surgery.

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.