Art Center Technical Skills Center instructor Miles Elledge has invented a new device geared for athletes suffering from sore arms and shoulders.
The Wonderweight, a device weighing between two and four pounds and designed to strengthen shoulder muscles without causing traumatic stress, won the coveted Best of Show award at the American Baseball Coaches Association Conference earlier this month in Nashville.
The Glendale News-Press has a great article on Elledge and his invention. From the article: “‘It’s about giving something back to their lives that makes it the most rewarding,’ said Elledge, who added that Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, a former World Series Most Valuable Player, recently tried the product for the first time. ‘It doesn’t fix arthritis, but it can greatly alleviate the pain, along with carpal tunnel and tendinitis.’”
Currently, cases of amateur and professional baseball pitchers using the device are being documented and evaluated at USC under the supervision of Dr. Tom House. The device appears to improve pitching velocity, accuracy and strength. In addition, Wonderweight is being used for brain injury rehab in the case of stroke, Alzheimer’s and trauma patients.
As CEO of Mile High 3D, Miles specializes in product research and development. He also works full-time as a shop instructor in Art Center’s Technical Skills Center, assisting students and staff in making prototypes and replicas of their conceptual designs. Miles’ achievement in the fields of physical therapy, health and wellness is one example of the multifaceted individuals who work at the College, whether they’re practicing professionals who bring real-world experience to the classroom or entrepreneurial minds that support students in the application of technical skills.
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