After the league entered a collaboration with a corporation that plans to make San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. one of its faces, Major League Baseball dugouts will feature massage-therapy arms and other recovery devices designed to enhance player health.
The league’s agreement with Hyperice, whose products use percussion, compression, heat and ice therapy to help heal muscles, would allow the technology to be treated in-game. In the pandemic-shortened season, injury rates throughout baseball soared, and licensed athletic trainers regard rehabilitation devices as critical to the health of players. On Friday, the deal was confirmed.
“In fact, I think we can positively improve the game,” Hyperice CEO Jim Huether said.
“If аthletes cаn recover fаster, if they cаn plаy longer, if they cаn feel their best, you’re going to see the highest-level performаnce.”
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