A few days ago, I talked about the basics of post-game recovery and I mentioned that there are many additional methods that can be used in the recovery process. One of these methods is using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to improve vascular dilation which means that more blood circulates through the muscles. Waste is removed and fresh nourishment is brought. I will present you one product that is available and very effective: the Marc Pro™. The benefits of a consistent use of the this product are 1) fast recovery 2) full recovery and 3) improved conditioning and performance.
The best way to present you the Marc Pro™ is to let Mr. Ryan Heaney, president of the company, explain us through a short interview the practical applications of the product.
1. For a soccer player, being able to recover fast from practice sessions and more importantly from games is essential. Yet, the science of recovery is still a little unclear. Tell us why is the MARC PRO™ Electrical Muscle Stimulation effective? Does it have a scientific background?
Assuming the athlete is adequately nourished, rested and hydrated, muscle recovery is an automatic, biological response centered around the delivery of nourishment to and removal of waste from the area. The MARC PRO™ creates an ideal type of muscle activation to improve the delivery of supplies to the area and prevent or remove congestion without any additional fatigue or side effects.
The MARC PRO™ does have a scientific background and the mechanisms of action have been studied in controlled clinical research. As a recently published article from the Journal of Exercise Physiology online (Oct. 2011) reported the MARC PRO™ was shown to create a Nitric Oxide dependent vasodilatory response, which resulted in significant increases in blood flow to the area. In addition repeated use was shown to create angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels) in the region. These mechanisms represent the foundation of MARC PRO ’s ability to help recovery and improve conditioning and performance.
2. For you, what would be the ideal recovery program for a soccer player after an exhausting game? Should he use the MARC PRO™ directly after the game? Should he combine the MARC PRO™ with other recovery methods?
Second question first. Recovery is a complex process that includes; nourishment, rest, hydration and … the biological process noted above. Thus, MARC PRO™ is not a standalone product. It is instead, a scientifically-based, invaluable and essential link in a well-designed comprehensive recovery program.
Regarding an ideal recovery program … again, assuming the athlete is adequately nourished, rested and hydrated he/she should begin a well-timed, targeted MARC PRO™ muscle activation regime as soon as possible. NOTE: Don’t wait until the area is unnecessarily sore, tight and congested.
3. If we look at the information provided by the website, we can see that the MARC PRO™ can improve muscle performance if used consistently. Does that mean that professional teams could use it in a strengthening and conditioning program along the usual workout?
Yes. We strongly recommend that athletes use the MARC PRO™ device in conjunction with their sport-specific and general strengthening and conditioning programs. Athletes from numerous sports have reported to us that, because their muscles are “decongested” when they consistently use the MARC PRO™ device they are able to; train harder and more often … with less “feelings-of-fatigue” between workouts.
4. Do you already work with US soccer teams and players? What feedback do you get?
Not Yet, but we’re working on that. That said, MARC PRO™ is being used by approximately 30 teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL including the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Mavericks, LA Lakers, Philadelphia Flyers and NY Yankees.