Title:
Wrap adaptor for rolling knee wraps for power-lifting purposes
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A wrap adaptor is provided which includes a Steel Shaft, an L shaped retainer bar inserted into and welded to the Steel Shaft, a deep centered bored hole in front of steel shaft, a Selector Pin, Foot Plate, and Rubber Band. The Steel Shaft is inserted into a drill, and a knee wrap is inserted under the L shaped retainer bar, the drill is powered on causing the knee wrap to become wound with tension; The Foot Plate is used to insert the Steel Shaft with tightly wound knee wrap into with the Selector Pin inserted into Steel Shaft forming a T to allow for removal of the wound knee wrap.



Inventors:
Murphy, Jason (Grove City, OH, US)
Application Number:
11/335285
Publication Date:
07/27/2006
Filing Date:
01/19/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
482/93, 482/92
International Classes:
A63B21/00; A63B21/06
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Primary Examiner:
BAKER, LORI LYNN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KREMBLAS & FOSTER (7632 SLATE RIDGE BOULEVARD, REYNOLDSBURG, OH, 43068, US)
Claims:
1. A Wrap Adaptor comprising: a Steel Shaft; a L-Shaped Retainer Bar inserted into and welded to Steel Shaft for purpose of having knee wrap inserted between L-Shaped Retainer Bar and main Steel Shaft; a Deep Center bored hole in front end of Steel Shaft used to store a Selector Pin; Steel Shaft drill insertion point for insertion into a drill, whereby a knee wrap inserted under the Retainer Bar that is part of Steel Shaft and inserted into a drill will be tensioned as it is wrapped around the Wrap Adaptor when the trigger on the drill is powered, until completely wound, whereby a rubber band is slid around rolled wrap to hold wrap together; a Hole for Selector Pin to be inserted into base of Steel Shaft to form a T-Bar handle used with Foot Plate to remove rolled knee wrap from Wrap Adaptor, with aid of Foot Plate.

2. A Foot Plate comprising: a Left Foot Platform measuring 4″ in length that is connected to a side wall at a 90 degree angle angling upward that is connected at another 90 degree angle, angling to the right, that is attached to the 4″ top of Foot Plate; whereby a ⅝″ wide and 1¼″ deep slot at top of Foot Plate is used to slide Wrap Adaptor into, to remove rubber band rolled wrap from Wrap Adaptor Shaft; right end of Top of Foot Plate connected to 6″ side wall at a 90 degree angle downward that is connected at its end to 4″ Right Foot Platform at a 90 degree angle, angling to the right; that is to be used to insert Wrap Adaptor and remove rubber band rolled wrap from Wrap Adaptor Shaft

3. A Selector Pin comprising: a ¼″ Steel Shaft threaded at one end, whereby the Selector Pin threaded end is inserted into front center bored ¼″ by 3″ hole in Wrap Adaptor Shaft that is screwed into grooved interior of Wrap Adaptor steel shaft and used as a pivoting handle while wrap is being rolled, and to house selector pin when Wrap Adaptor is not in use; and a T-Bar handle to be inserted into Hole at Base of Wrap Adapter Steel Shaft adapted for use in removal of rubber band rolled wrap from Wrap Adaptor shaft as Wrap Adaptor is inserted into groove on top of Foot Plate, whereby Selector Pin is inserted into base of Wrap Adaptor shaft to form T-Bar handle pulled upward to extricate the rubber band rolled wrap from Wrap Adaptor shaft

4. A method for tightly rolling knee wraps comprising: A Wrap Adaptor; Foot Plate; Selector pin; and Drill; whereby Wrap Adaptor is inserted into drill at Wrap Adaptor insertion point, heavy elastic wrap is inserted under Wrap Adaptor Retainer Bar, opposite end of heavy elastic wrap is stepped on, Wrap Adaptor is pulled upward to create tension, trigger on drill is pressed, whereby Wrap Adaptor is spun causing heavy elastic knee wrap to tightly wind around Wrap Adaptor Shaft, pivoting Selector Pin to be used as option handle, whereby wrap is tightly wound and a rubber band is placed around wound wrap, whereby Wrap Adaptor Shaft is inserted into opening at Top of Foot Plate with rolled rubber band wrap under slot in top of Foot Place, Drill with Wrap Adaptor Shaft connected then pulled upward using T-Bar handle formed by Selector Pin when inserted into base of Wrap Adaptor Steel Shaft, whereby rolled rubber band wrap is separated from Wrap Adaptor Shaft.

Description:

PRIOR ART

Relevant Prior Art Includes:

U.S. Pat. App. 20030218090 November 2003 Stith, David A.

CROSS REFERENCES APPLICATION

This Application references Provisional Application 60/646,129

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

1. Field of Invention

In power lifting, athletes lift tremendous amounts of weight, often in excess of 1,000 pounds. When an athlete is engaged in this rigorous activity they place a tremendous amount of stress on their joints, and too much weight, or excess stress, can put the athlete at risk. To minimize this risk many athletes wrap pre-tensioned knee wraps around their knees for added support. The problem with pre tensioned knee wraps is that the tighter they are wound the tighter they can be wrapped around the knees. It is difficult to consistently wrap and re-wrap knee wraps with the needed tension. Athletes lifting over 1,000 pounds need every bit of energy they can muster, and the painful process of manually rolling wraps by hand requires the athlete to expend valuable energy, and results in fatigue and tremendous pain to the athletes forearms.

2. Description of Related Art

Another invention has attempted to solve this problem, but their inventions do not offer the same solution or functionality that the Wrap Adaptor solves. US Provisional Application 20030218090, Filing Date Feb. 21, 2003, Inventor, David A. Stith titled “Power Wrap Roller” uses a larger separate stand alone device that uses mutiple rollers to wrap the knee wraps. This device is bulkier, larger, and does not offer the portability that is offered by the Wrap Adaptor.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

The present invention eliminates the fatigue and strength sapping effort that power-lifters expend in manually rolling knee wraps, by providing an apparatus and method that requires very little effort. The present invention allows the power lifter to roll knee wraps with optimal tension without expending a lot of energy, or requiring the use of bulky equipment.

DRAWINGS-FIGURES

FIG. 1—Is a frontal side close up detailed view of Wrap Adaptor Shaft with dimensions of Wrap Adaptor Shaft, and various component parts that make up the Wrap Adaptor design.

FIG. 1A—Is view of Wrap Adaptor as it appears when inserted into drill chuck

FIG. 2—Is side view of the Foot Plate used to aid in removal of Knee Wrap

FIG. 2A is a close up top view of Foot Plate with dimensions of slot used to insert Wrap Adaptor into Foot Plate.

FIG. 3—Is close up side view of selector pin

FIG. 3A—Is side view of Selector Pin before being screwed into place in ¼″ by 3″ Front Center bored hole at front of Wrap Adaptor Shaft

FIG. 3B—Is side view of selector pin secured in front center bored hole in front of Wrap Adaptor Shaft, used a pivoting handle during wrap rolling process, and where Selector Pin is stored when Wrap Adaptor is not in use.

FIG. 4—Is detailed view of where knee wrap is inserted under retainer bar on Wrap Adaptor.

FIG. 4A—Is detailed view of Wrap Adaptor with location where knee wrap is inserted under retainer bar, as it would appear when inserted into drill prior to being wound FIG. 4B—Is detailed view of Wrap Adaptor shaft being inserted into slot at top of Foot Plate with selector pin forming a T-Handle, after knee wrap has been wound with tension, and rubber-band placed around wrap to keep it wound

DRAWING-REFERENCE NUMERALS

  • 10—⅜″ by 6½″ rounded steel shaft
  • 12—⅛″ by 3″ steel L-Shaped Retainer Bar
  • 14—¼″ by 3″ Front Center Bored hole
  • 16—Hole drilled through Wrap Adaptor main shaft that is used to welded L-Shaped Retainer Bar to Wrap Adaptor Main Shaft
  • 18—¼″ hole that serves as Selector Pin insertion point
  • 20—Wrap Adaptor drill insertion point
  • 22—Drill
  • 24—Wrap Adaptor with all attached component parts
  • 26—Foot Plate
  • 28—⅝″ by 1¼″ deep Wrap Adaptor insertion point
  • 30L—Left Foot Platform
  • 30R—Right Foot Platform
  • 34—Knee Wrap
  • 36—¼″ Selector Pin
  • 38—Knee Wrap insertion point under Retainer Bar on Wrap Adaptor
  • 40—Rubber Band Placed around Wrap after being wound
  • 42—Threaded end of Selector Pin used to screw Selector Pin into Wrap Adaptor Shaft
  • 44—Selector Pin Wrap Adaptor Insertion Point
  • 46—Threaded Inner Chamber of ¼″ by 3″ center bored hole of Wrap Adaptor
  • 48—Selector Pin Wrap Adaptor Connector

DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES

FIG. 1 is a horizontal view of the Wrap Adaptor as it would appear prior to being inserted into a drill. The Wrap Adaptors 10 front end has a ¼″ by 3″ deep center bored hole 14 in main shaft, inside Front End of main shaft is grooved insert for ¼″ Selector Pin 36 to be inserted, screwed into place, to operate as pivoting handle during wrap winding process, or stored while Wrap Adaptor is inactive (See FIG. 3, 3A, 3B). Two holes drilled into the Wrap Adaptors main shaft 10, one at 16 and another at 18. Hole 16 is used to insert and weld L Shaped ⅛″ by 3″ Retainer Bar 12 into hole 16; Hole 18 is used to insert ¼″ Selector pin 36 into Hole 18 (See FIG. 4B) to form a T-Bar handle used in removal of wrap from Wrap Adaptor (See FIG. 4B). The drill insertion point 20 is then locked into place in drill (See FIG. 1A)

FIGS. 2 and 2A is Top and Side view of Foot Plate 26 used to remove knee wrap 34 from Wrap Adaptor Shaft (See FIG. 4B). The Foot Plate 26 is a steel rectangular shaped design with a ⅝″ wide by 1¼″ deep rounded opening at the top 28. Each side of the rectangular shaped Foot Plate 26 are 6″ in length by 2″ in width with Top of surface measuring 4″ in length by 2″ in width. The Bottom of the design is left open with two 4″ by 2″ platforms extending from bottom of each side wall 30L and 30R of the Foot Plate 26 that are used to balance Foot Plate 26 during removal of knee wrap 34 (See FIG. 4B)

FIGS. 3 and 3A are close-up side views of Selector Pin 36 and Selector Pin insertion 42, 44, 46, 48, into Wrap Adaptor 24, the Selector Pin 36 with threaded end 42 is used to screw Selector Pin 36 into front center bored hole in Wrap Adaptor Shaft 14 by inserting the Selector Pin insertion point 44 into the front center bored hole of Wrap Adaptor Shaft 14. The Selector Pin is inserted into front center bored hole 14 and screwed into place inside Wrap Adaptor shaft 46, with the Selector Pin Connector 48 forming a bond with the front end of Wrap Adaptor Shaft 10, 14.

FIG. 3B is close up view of Selector Pin 36 as it appears when attached to and screwed into Wrap Adaptor Front center bored hole 14; 42, 44, 46, 48, and 24. That is used as pivotal handle during wrap rolling process, or as storage location for Selector Pin 36

FIGS. 4 and 4A are views of Knee Wrap 34 being inserted under Retainer Bar 12 that is welded onto Wrap Adaptor Shaft 10. The Wrap Adaptor Insertion Point is then inserted into drill chuck 20 (See FIG. 4A). The drill 22 is then used to wind Wrap Adaptor around Wrap Adaptor Shaft, until tightly wound, at which point a rubber-band is placed around knee wrap 34 (See FIGS. 4A and 4B)

FIG. 4B is view of Wrap Adaptor shaft with rolled rubber band wrap attached, that slides under Foot Plate 26 opening 28 at the top with knee wrap 34 inserted under opening 28. The Wrap Adaptor Shaft is then pulled upward against top of Foot Plate 26 using the Selector Pin 36 that operates as a T-Handle used to free wound rubber-banded wrap from Wrap Adaptor.

OPERATION OF FIGURES

As shown in FIG. 1 the Wrap Adaptor 24 is used to insert wrap 34 under welded retainer bar 12 with the Wrap Adaptor drill insertion point 20 inserted into drill chuck and tightened (See FIGS. 4 and 4A). The drill 22 then spins Wrap Adaptor shaft 10 with wrap 34 being tightly wound as shaft spins until wrap is completely wound (See FIG. 4B). Once wrap is wound, a rubber-band is placed around wrap, the power-lifter stands on foot platform 30L and foot platform 30R with the Wrap Adaptor in a vertical position being inserted into Top of Foot Plate 26 opening 28; the Wrap Adaptor 24 with wrap 34 is then slid into the Foot Plate opening 28 with wrap 34 resting under Foot Plate opening 28 (See FIG. 4B). The Wrap Adaptor Shaft 10 is then pulled upward using the Selector Pin 36 that has been inserted into Selector Pin insertion point 18 in base of Wrap Adaptor Shaft 10 (See FIG. 4B). The Wrap Adaptor is then pulled upward using T-Bar handle formed by inserting Selector Pin 36 into Wrap Adaptor Selector insertion point 18 and pulling upward against top of Foot Plate 26 opening 28. The wrap 34 is then freed from Wrap Adaptor 24, and the rubber band rolled wrap is then ready to be put away until used, with process being repeated as many times as necessary.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The Wrap Adaptor is inserted into a drill with the Wrap inserted under a Retainer Bar, while the Operator steps on the other end of the wrap with their foot, supplying the required tension. The Wrap Adaptor is then powered, which will cause the wrap to be wound tightly around the Wrap Adaptor. Once rolled, a rubber-band is placed around the Wrap, the operator places the Wrap Adaptor with rolled rubber band wrap into a slot at the top of the Foot Plate with operator inserting selector pin into hole at base of Wrap Adaptor Shaft. Once selector pin is inserted into Wrap Adaptor shaft, the operator pulls the Wrap Adaptor up against Foot Plate using T-Bar Handle formed by Selector Pin insertion into hole at base of Wrap Adaptor shaft, Using T-Bar handle Wrap Adaptor is pulled upward against top of Foot Plate, freeing the knee wrap from Wrap Adaptor shaft