It may look like a woman's razor for shaving her legs, even down to its lavender color, but it's actually a tool for healing.
So says Athletic Trainer Eric Streeter, who recently purchased six of the devices known as sound-assisted soft tissue mobilization tools (SASTM for short) for MU's exercise science and sport department after receiving a grant from the Burnell and Ermell Fischer Athletic Enhancement Fund. The tools (see one in the above photo) will be used by students who are preparing for careers as athletic trainers through MU's exercise science and sport program and also by on-staff athletic trainers to help aid in the healing of injured student-athletes. Millikin is one of only three universities in Illinois to have the tools.
"SASTM tools are an effective form of therapeutic treatment for injuries such as plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, chronic muscle strain and chronic ligament injuries," Street said in his proposal.
The SASTM purchase was made possible by a grant from an endowment fund established in memory of the late Burnell Fischer, M.D. '39, and his late wife, Ermell Fischer, a Decatur native and supporter of the arts. The Fischers' two sons, Dr. Burnell "Burney" Fischer and Terry Fischer, created the fund as a lasting legacy to their father, whose belief in participating in student athletics was a tradition they wish to perpetuate.
Each year, MU's athletics department personnel can apply for funding for needed equipment or services through the Fischer Fund. A previous grant funded live streaming broadcasts of all home football and basketball games.
This year, a total of five grants were awarded. In addition to the grant for the SASTM tools, they include: iPad 2 technology for all full-time and head coaches to assist in student recruiting and assessment of games; 30 cast-iron kettlebells and a storage rack for the Ralph Allan-Dorothy McClure Fitness/Wellness Center; six high-definition camcorders for use in videotaping sports practices and competitions; and travel expenses for students and administrators from the newly created student athletic advisory council to attend the 2012 NCAA convention.