Athletes and Emu Oil

A new way to relieve pain, strains, stiffness

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Doug Atkinson, a team trainer with the National Basketball Association for 30 years, said he learned about the anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil in 1992. One of the Dallas Mavericks, Fat Lever, had undergone surgery on both knees and after two years in rehabilitation, was still unable to play because of swelling and inflammation.

“Within six weeks after using emu oil, the inflammation and swelling was gone and Lever was able to practice and play without limitation,” said Atkinson, who has retired and now owns a wellness firm that markets emu-based products.

One of the trainer’s emu oil products is used throughout the NBA, by NFL teams and major league baseball teams as well by as high school and college athletes. “Emu oil acts as a transdermal carrier, delivering relief directly to the muscle or joint,” Atkinson said, “which also makes it effective for arthritis pain.”

Allen Hurst, an emu producer, was a trainer in the National Football League for 22 years before retiring to his ranch. “We were always getting new products to try,” he said, “and because we were dealing with well-conditioned athletes, if a product worked, it was extremely effective.”

Hurst found that emu oil was beneficial in the training room because it penetrated the skin rapidly, as proven in laboratory studies. And when used with another product – such as an analgesic balm – it enhanced the performance of that product. “It doesn’t take much oil to accomplish the relief you need," said the retired trainer, “and it also effective in wound care.”