Many people may not realize that heat-related illnesses in athletes can cause injuries, comas and can even be fatal. Dr. Nick Gravenstein, affiliated with Shands, became concerned about heat-induced illnesses on the football field when a University of Florida freshman football player, Eraste Autin died tragically in July 2001 during training camp. This unfortunate fatality was attributed to the high temperature, intense training and inability of the athlete’s body to maintain a healthy temperature. The tragedy inspired Dr. Gravenstein, along with Samsun Lampotang, to conduct research the led to the creation of a revolutionary cooling system.
Dr. Nick Gravenstein was recently acknowledged for the Temperature Management System that he and Samsun Lampotang invented. The technology has provided football players with greater comfort and a lower risk of heat-related illness. Dr. Gravenstein and Lampotang created a shoulder pad which contains a unique cooling system that effectively helps to keep the body cooler during rigorous training. Many college and professional players currently use Dr. Gravenstein’s invention.
Medical research is at the forefront of saving lives, and prolific inventions are constantly being devised in that field, as well as many other fields. However, you do not have to be a physician or even have an advanced degree to create a unique invention that addresses a problem. Useful inventions can be developed by anyone.
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