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Old 06-02-09, 07:16 AM   #1
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McEwen's recovery (graphic pics)

he's providing a lot of details on his personal website. what I found most interesting was the high-zoot equipment he has for rehab:

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I've been supplied (at very short notice so great job to get it ready in a matter of hours) with a custom made Kinetec machine to automatically, passively flex and extend the knee joint to keep it mobile.



A photo of his post-op knee:
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Old 06-02-09, 07:40 AM   #2
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I wish I'd had that kind of stuff!
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Old 06-02-09, 07:47 AM   #3
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bigger picture of post op knee please -- kthxbye
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Old 06-02-09, 07:51 AM   #4
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looks like a bad horror movie. except real.
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why the F does he need an oxygen mask? lol
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Yeah, is he flying at altitude??
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What does the big red button do?!
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Old 06-02-09, 08:53 AM   #9
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"I'm also using an altitude training device set at 3000m and an Oximeter to ensure that I stay around 88 - 90% blood oxygen saturation"


Red knob (not button) is to control the movement of the Kinetec machine.
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Old 06-02-09, 08:54 AM   #10
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why don't i look that fit?
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Old 06-02-09, 09:13 AM   #11
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Looks like an AltoLab or similar. The thing on his finger is to measure blood oxygen.
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Old 06-02-09, 09:32 AM   #12
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I have my dad's old oximeter. It's quicker than strapping on the HRM for a pulse check. no use for the blood oxygen saturation number though.
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Old 06-02-09, 11:24 AM   #13
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"I'm also using an altitude training device set at 3000m and an Oximeter to ensure that I stay around 88 - 90% blood oxygen saturation"
Is that for recovery from his injury or for fitness? Either way, why?
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Old 06-02-09, 11:43 AM   #14
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keeping blood oxygen levels high should help with recovery.
which is also the medical use for EPO if I'm not mistaken.

I'm no doctor though.
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88-90% saturation is kinda low irc. The few times i've had my finger in one of those, the nurse told me to ring her if it got below 93%

The altitude simulator set at 3,000m (~10,000 ft) would obviously be less oxygen...

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Old 06-02-09, 11:59 AM   #16
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88-90% saturation is really low. The few times i've had my finger in one of those, the nurse told me to ring her if it got below 93%

The altitude simulator set at 3,000m (~10,000) would obviously be less oxygen...
Right - he is keeping his hematocrit up while he recovers to maintain fitness, I presume. It's like hanging out in an altitude tent.
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thanks for the correction.

I would like to stress that I'm no doctor

but yeah, that makes sense to preserve fitness as much as possible.
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I did some youtubing to try to find his collision, but only found pictures of the aftermath... unless I'm missing something. Sucked to see his face in so much pain as he struggled to get his food out of the pedal!
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Old 06-02-09, 01:58 PM   #20
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that is going to leave a wicked scar!!
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His site links to an interview he did in hospital. Was it in Dutch?
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His site links to an interview he did in hospital. Was it in Dutch?
It is. Operation was a success and he seems rather optimistic
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I actually think those machines to move the knee is pretty common these days. My aunt had a new knee put in recently and she's currently using one. And she's no pro athlete or anything. No oxygen mask though.
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