Here at the University of Portland, we have been in the process of updating our athletic training facilities. One thing that needed work was our hydrotherapy area. We were trying to accommodate 240 student-athletes with two small stainless steel whirlpools. This posed many problems including daily maintenance as well as athletes having to wait their turn to use the whirlpool as we could only fit 2-3 in at one time.
During the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium in St. Louis, MO, I met Scott Burt with The PolarPool. He had a unit on display and I was instantly drawn to it.
The size was perfect since we are limited in the amount of space that we have available to us. The fact that it was also moveable was also a plus due to the fact that we are trying to propose an expansion in our facility. And the self-contained filtration system was an obvious plus to us since we have been stuck draining and disinfecting our current whirlpools every day. All of these factors, along with the support and professionalism of Scott Burt, caused us to pursue the funding for a PolarPool.
We installed our new PolarPool at the end of September and have been extremely pleased with the results. We are able to provide hydrotherapy to a larger number of athletes and can maintain the cleanliness and temperature much easier than before. I would highly recommend the PolarPool to anyone who has limited space but still needs to provide high quality hydrotherapy treatment to their athletes.
Kyle A. Nelson, MPH, ATC-R
Head Athletic Trainer
University of Portland