Inventor’s Digest

Inventor’s Digest




Retired NFL Player Gets Inventive




(By Jeremy Losaw)


Nate Lawrie played only 26 games in the National Football league spanning five seasons. His brief career is the norm in this violent sport – the NFL Players Association says that the average career of a player is 3.3 years – but his post-playing career promises to be much longer and more helpful to others.


A back injury shortened Lawrie’s career. The former tight end used his experience on the treatment table to create a new workout aid, the Morph, that brings the function of a foam roller in a portable package.


How the Morph Works


Foam rollers are often used as an aid for self-myofascial release (SMR), which is essentially self-massage. SMR is a way to relieve tight muscles after a workout to restore their elasticity. It can be done with a hard ball like a baseball or even with your hands, but foam rollers are the preferred method of many trainers and athletes. The rollers’ nubby texture works muscles like a meat tenderizer to store blood flow to muscles and aid their recovery.


The Morph ($68, is a collapsible foam roller that can be used as a workout or recovery aid. It has a nubby foam skin like a standard foam roller but is designed to collapse flat for easy storage. Under the foam are slats of bamboo tied together with a tough textile. The hubs at each end of the roller are segmented and hinged. A simple pull of the cords connected to the hubs expands the roller into its cylindrical shape. Despite being made from many pieces, it can hold up to 350 lbs.

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