Testimonial from Fred H. Brennan Jr, DO, FAOASM, FAAFP, FACSM; Assistant Director University of South Florida/Baycare Sports Medicine Fellowship
I recall watching my first Ironman Triathlon Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 1997. I was amazed at the awesomeness of the event and the incredible caliber of the competing athletes. I recall speaking to one of the athletes the next day. He was clearly hobbling around the hotel lobby. I said to him, “You must be incredibly sore after doing that grueling race yesterday?” He replied, “Honestly, I am not that sore but these blisters on my feet are killing me!”
To think that what bothered this world class athlete the most were the foot blisters he developed and not the intense muscle soreness after 140.2 kilometers of racing. It was that moment that intrigued me and sparked my interest in foot friction blisters, their impact on performance, and their prevention.
I have been working with high school athletes, college athletes, and endurance athletes of all levels for the past 21 years. As a college team physician and a consultant for several high profile endurance events I am always looking for products that will prevent injury and/or enhance recovery. Two years ago I was introduced to ChafeX by a close friend who simply asked me to try the product and give some unbiased feedback. Personally I have never had a problem with friction blisters. However I had issues with “jogger’s nipples” on my long runs typically over 10 miles, causing intense pain and burning especially in the shower post work out. After several applications I found ChafeX to be reliably protective against this problem that plagued me. Now, I will never go on a long run without first applying ChafeX.
Since I personally found such success with ChafeX I started to give the product out to high school and college runners to solicit their comments in hopes that they would find ChafeX equally effective at preventing foot friction blisters. The feedback has universally been positive. Many of these athletes have completely abandoned their previous blister prevention strategies, excluding any change in sock systems, and switched to ChafeX. My triathletes have also found ChafeX to be protective against various chafing problems to include the annoying friction rub of the wetsuit against their neck during the swim.
Having served 25 years as a military officer and physician I hope to introduce ChafeX to this population who is known to have a high incidence of foot blisters in both training and on the battlefield. I feel that ChafeX with or without other prevention strategies will result in a drastic reduction in foot friction blisters in our warrior-athletes as well as endurance athletes of all abilities.
Fred H. Brennan, Jr., DO, FAOASM, FAAFP, FACSM
Head Team Physician, University of New Hampshire
Commander, 157th Medical Group, Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire