New WVU football training room meets space needs
The most unique addition to the space? A hydrotherapy room featuring a room length waterfall against a coal-themed background and mood lighting.From Blue Gold News:
“We now have incorporated pools that are 27 feet long and four feet wide,” Dave Kerns, West Virginia’s lead football athletic trainer, said. “We have a medium temperature pool, a cold pool and hot tub.”
Those varying temperature pools aren’t a trendy spa-themed item, however. Their presence and use is based on the ever-evolving science of the athletic training field.
“Recent research is doing some contrasting things with respect to not jumping into a cold pool right after activity,” said Kerns, who has 33 years in the field. Getting in the 64 degree water, then 50 degree water [gives better results. Then there’s contrast with a 100 degree temperature pool and going back and forth. It’s constantly evolving. The technology that goes into the approach has come a long way, and we have to see what evolves and keep up with it.”
The pools’ larger size also benefit in several practical ways.
“We had a three-foot by three-foot tub before, and you couldn’t put too many guys in there,” Kerns observed. “But with the new pools, we can get a lot of them in there at once. “We do see some more camaraderie [with more players in there at once] .”
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