From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Athletes and Turf builder
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:36:39 -0600
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I'd suggest that instead of such questionable expedients, such medical devices as used to evaluate patients with Mysethenia Gravis (an heritary disease of muscle weakness) be considered. Youc an find information on such devicesand their uses by simply Googling "Mesthenia Gravis Grip Strength".

If such a device is chosenn for use, your team physician may have to approve it.
I found one such with which I have no affiliation or financial interest, but will not discuss a commercial product here.

Of course, a compressible but rather firm rubber ball (something like a Spaldeen used in stickball) has been used by boxers and other athletes for decades and has the advantage of ready availability, inexpensive, and unlikey to have any toxic properties.

Alan H. Hall, M.D.

On Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM, Smallbrock, Margaret A. <Margaret.Smallbrock**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


One of our Athletics coaches is trying to find some material to do grip strength exercises with. He has brought up the idea of turf pellets:, but my research does not state anything about anti-microbial growth or not, as this is not its intended use.

What are your colleges doing? How are they keeping it safe for multi-athlete use while limiting exposure to possible skin infections, etc.-

Any help you can provide would be great. Please respond off list to my email: Margaret..smallbrock**At_Symbol_Here**,

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Margaret Smallbrock

Campus Environmental Health and Safety Manager

Environmental Health & Safety

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

501 East St. Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701-3995


605-394-5837 FAX


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