Gez has been a keen ultramarathon runner for the past 9 years, traveling to some amazing places to compete; typically these events range from 100km to 160km and can sometimes take 24 hours or more to complete.
One of Gez’s most memorable events was Transvulcania on the island of La Palma back in 2018. The 74km route is as hard as spectacular the Ruta del Baston gives you the sensation of flying over the national park of Clandera de Taburiente, leaving the incredible sea of clouds under your feet.
Back in October 2020 Gez had a chronic meniscus tear. After a long hill run which he was familiar with doing he felt some discomfort so visited a physiotherapist. After a few days rest he returned to activity and then felt his knee had ‘locked’. He had a MRI scan which showed a parrot beak meniscus tear that had flipped causing him to be unable to fully straighten his knee. He went ahead with an urgent arthroscopy where it was felt that the tear could not be repaired and therefore a medial meniscectomy was performed.
Gez was advised to take two weeks off work post operatively but being a business owner he only managed to get six days rest, at work Gez is on his feet all day and moves around the kitchen constantly turning and pivoting. At the end of his shifts his knee was very swollen and painful. Gez was advised to try The VPULSE® cryotherapy unit along with the Breg Medial Fusion O.A off loader brace.
The VPULSE® gently drives the cold deep into the swollen tissue, Gez comments how the pain relief was immediate and reset him for work the next day, as well as speeding up his recovery. Combining this with the Breg Fusion O.A brace has given Gez’s knee the enhanced recovery it requires. Gez continues to wear the brace during run training and for work, he was pleasantly surprised how low profile the Fusion O.A brace is; he hasn’t had to adapt his clothing and comfortably wears the brace under his jeans.