I have a case of what I affectionately call coach’s shoulder. After beginning my job as an assistant for a Division III program in late August, I developed a dull ache in the inside front of my shoulder caused by that lovely combination of never warming up and then hitting what feels like a million downballs and serves each practice.
Also, I recently played in my first adult tournament of the season. The result was a terrible combination of the achy coach’s shoulder and the well-known feeling of first-tournament soreness--the perfect opportunity to try out my Extended Shoulder Hyperice.
Hyperice is a cold therapy product made up of a rubber ice bag with an air-expelling valve and a compression wrap, available in different shapes that fit various problem areas for athletes (back, shoulder, knee, or utility).
The instructions say to use only crushed ice in the ice cell, but I was at home and the only option available to me were traditional cubes. I threw all five trays I had in my freezer into a baggie and crushed them manually with a hammer. I don’t suggest this method. The larger ice pieces make it difficult to squeeze enough air out of the ice cell before you seal it up, and then the valve has a difficult time removing what is only supposed to be the tiniest bit of air caused by the melting of the ice and the space that’s created when the water turns from solid to liquid.
Even though I wasn’t able to completely eliminate all the air from the ice bag to create the perfect cold compression ice cell, I really liked the overall product. The compression wrap was far more comfortable than the plastic wrap athletic trainers traditionally use to hold on ice bags. The ice cell also attaches to the Hyperice wrap so there’s no slippage while you’re wearing it.
I would recommend this product to anyone who has a nagging injury that requires routine icing. The wrap and reusable ice cell are very convenient and comfortable, but probably only worth the investment for a long-term injury or problem area.
Extended Shoulder (pictured): $129.99