CIGA Healthcare is supplying a range of diagnostic equipment to Northern Ireland’s Olympic Team GB hockey player Ian Sloan in Tokyo.
The equipment which includes blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers and oxygen meters will also be supplied to GB triathlete Nicole Allan.
International Sales Executive at CIGA Healthcare Ellen Erskine who recently graduated with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University and is experienced in sports diagnostics says the equipment is necessary for high performing athletes to monitor their bodies.
“The oximeter measures your oxygen saturation levels in your blood,” says Ellen. “Many athletes would use it for altitude training, warm weather training or for keeping track of recovery. For example, you might wake up the morning after a very hard session and your O2 saturation may be slightly lower than usual indicating your body is fatigued and should allow you to alter your training. This may also be useful for the athletes when recovering from lengthy journeys travelling or hard competitions.”
“All of these very important devices for the athletes for self-monitoring their health especially with COVID-19 at the present time and they must ensure they are in top condition for peak performance,” she says.
CIGA Healthcare employs 28 at its Ballymena site.