Monthly Archives: June 2017

Waterproof Cast Padding Enables High School Lacrosse Player to Compete

by AquaCast Liner

Carter has been playing lacrosse since the 3rd grade. Now a sophomore in the Baltimore area, Carter has plans to play in college. His ultimate goal, held since 4th grade, is to become class president and captain of the lacrosse team at Princeton University.

Just days before a major college lacrosse recruiting tournament, however, Carter broke the growth plate in his right arm in a school football game. He was directed to a local orthopaedic practice, and had his arm cast in a traditional, cotton padded cast. The doctor and cast technologist mentioned that if he tried to play lacrosse that weekend, it would be painful and the cast would end up becoming soaked in sweat, resulting in discomfort and a rather unpleasant odor. They also told Carter if he got it wet he would have to be recasted. More time. More costs.

That weekend Carter watched his teammates play tough – from the sidelines – while coaches from Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Virginia and Princeton, among others, scribbled notes on their next wave of talent.

His competitive juices flowing, Carter wanted to get back on the field at the next tournament, held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. A friend told Carter’s father, about a waterproof, breathable cast liner made by AquaCast, which allows patients to perform activities without worrying about keeping their cast dry. The father, a former college All-American lacrosse player, contacted Towson Orthopaedic Associates and Scott Tarantino, MD. They stocked the AquaCast Liner and Carter had his arm wrapped in the waterproof product, quickly becoming a fan.

“It’s been really great. I get sweaty, come home and shower, wash it out and it’s dry really quick. It doesn’t smell like the other one. And it doesn’t itch.” Carter played in the following tournament, amassing 5 goals and 8 assists in three games, drawing the attention of several scouts, including Princeton. “I’m glad Dr. Tarantino’s practice had AquaCast,” noted Craig’s father. “We certainly didn’t know it was available. It made a big difference for Carter – it’s made life a lot easier.”

In addition to playing in the lacrosse tournament, Carter was able to finish his football season in comfort. “Two other guys on the team broke their arms and I told them about Dr. Tarantino’s office and the AquaCast. They showed up at the next practice with the AquaCasts.”

As a side note, Carter has seen his dream of attending Princeton come true, formally committing to the Tigers and head coach Chris Bates. We at AquaCast wish Carter and his family the best of luck this season and in the future at Princeton.

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You Can Now Get Waterproof Casts

by AquaCast Liner

When you have a cast, it can make everyday tasks difficult and time consuming. Something that used to be simple, like taking a shower or bath, now becomes complicated and involves serious maneuvering to try to keep the cast dry. Now, there are options for casts to be waterproofed, eliminating the need to cover the cast while being around water as explained in this article.

Benefits of a Waterproof Cast

  • Makes bathing easier, facilitating better hygiene
  • Allows for participation in water sports
  • Reduces the odor of a traditional cast
  • Provides kids with a way to maintain their normal routine

Great for Young Children, Adults, and Seniors

Waterproof casts for children work well for those who are too young to understand the importance of keeping their cast dry. It also helps give parents peace of mind that you don’t have to constantly be beside your child when they are near water. Showering or bathing with a cast is very frustrating if you have to work around the cast to keep it dry.  Waterproof cast padding minimizes the lifestyle changes for anyone with a broken bone.  Vocations that require frequent hand washing, from restaurant servers to auto mechanics, can continue to maintain their hygiene even with a cast.  Seniors benefit from independence that may have been limited with a broken bone or cast. They need less help around the house to do simple tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower without a slippery plastic bag over one of their limbs.

Gives Older Kids More Independence

If you have a child who is old enough to bathe alone under normal circumstances, they’ll probably prefer to continue that practice, even while wearing a cast. The waterproof cast allows children the privacy they want while bathing or showering. Being able to continue with normal activities helps to lessen the burden felt when wearing a cast or the need to ask for help.

Warm Weather Fun

Having a cast during warm weather can be very disheartening for anyone who enjoys playing in the water or who is active in spring and summer sports. Swimming with a cast is nearly impossible as you can’t immerse a traditional cast in water due to damaging the cast padding or liner. Wearing a cast can put a damper on your family’s summer vacation if someone cannot play in the ocean or get in the pool. Being active in sports also is tough to do with a traditional cast as many wearers and family members of wearers want to keep the cast from getting sweaty and smelly. A waterproof cast allows more freedom with sports and extra-curricular activities during the warmer months.

Keep Life Easy with a Waterproof Cast

Waterproof casts can make life easier for everyone in the home. Paitents are able to better maintain their regular routine, while also keeping some independence. Showering, taking a bath or even washing ones hands and face with a traditional cast can prove to be a task that requires a lot of assistance from a parent to ensure the cast remains dry. Trying to wrap a cast to prevent water seepage is time consuming and not something kids or parents want to deal with. Swimming with a cast is also possible with a waterproof cast, so that a broken bone does not mean you have to miss out on summer fun.

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