Physical Training Patents (Class 104/62)
  • Patent number: 6123626
    Abstract: A laser putter system for a conventional putter golf club of the type having a club head with a golf ball striking face and an upper surface, a shaft connected to the upper surface of the club head and a grip on the shaft. The laser putter system comprises a laser pointer/range finder. A mounting means is for mounting the laser pointer/range finder onto the shaft of the conventional putter golf club over the upper surface of the club head. The laser pointer can project a laser beam away from the golf ball striking face of the club head to provide the golfer with a visible target being a hole to putt a golf ball into. The range finder will interpret the distance between the laser pointer and the hole to visually give the golfer a calculated distance to the hole, so as to gauge the proper force required for a successful putt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Brian S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 5468199
    Abstract: A playground apparatus (10) for children to slide across while hanging by their hands is disclosed. The apparatus includes a support structure (12, 16, and 20) holding multiple rails (18), preferably five, horizontally above the ground and above the heads of the children. The rails are generally parallel one to another and include gentle curves along their length. Handhold assemblies (22) are slidably coupled to each of the rails and include two grips (40) on each assembly for users' hands. The grips are disposed below the rails and the handhold assemblies include partitions (46) between the rails and the grips to protect the children's hands from the rails. The handhold assemblies include channels (44) in which the rails are received and allowed to slide. The channels are wider in their middle portions than at their ends to accommodate the curves in the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: BigToys, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell L. Keeler, John M. Underbrink
  • Patent number: 5232154
    Abstract: Provided is a track of elongated sections which interlock together to form various desired shaped. Each section has a safety securement device consisting of a "T"-bar slot (12) in its center. A rigid "T"-bar (16) is connected with a hook-end-loop strip (17) to the rear of a child's ride-on, toy vehicle. The "T"-bar (16) cooperates with the "T"-bar slot (12) to allow controlled movement of the toy vehicle along the track. The track may also be provided with raised, bumper guards along its edges to aid in keeping the child's vehicle within the confines of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignees: Patricia M. Jenkins, Cathy J. Gentry
    Inventors: Pat Jenkins, Cathy Gentry
  • Patent number: 4948118
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting a user in a pool of water for therapeutic or training purposes. An overhead unit having tracks which guide and support the wheels of a movable trolley is provided. A cable having one end attached to the trolley and one end connected to a support jacket worn by the user allows the user to be fully supported in the water. The user may move through the water along the line of the overhead rail. A brake is provided which can create a drag requiring an increase it the force needed to move the trolley along the rail thereby making the user work harder. The rail may be supported by attachment to a ceiling above the pool or supported by stanchions adjacent to the sides of the pool if portability of the apparatus is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventor: Louis Miraglia
  • Patent number: 4458675
    Abstract: A cover over the screw shaft in a roller-type fingerpressure apparatus prevents clogging and is also provided with flanges to help guide the moving roller frame. The vertical extension of the rollers is enhanced by having the roller shafts vertically slidable in grooves formed in plates which are themselves vertically slidable with respect to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: Combi Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinroku Nakao, Takashi Chino, Yuzo Abe, Katuhiro Tokutake
  • Patent number: 4445502
    Abstract: In this system an inertial reel is mounted beneath a platform, which is carried by a pair of trucks that roll along an overhead rail which is fastened to the ceiling of a hospital corridor or the like. Two, adjustable, rigid handles project downwardly from the platform to be gripped by a patient, who in turn is adapted to be connected by a harness to a retractable tether or cord, which extends downwardly from the inertial reel behind the patient. While gripping the handles the patient may walk beneath the overhead rail, thereby causing the trucks to roll on the rail and to maintain the platform above the patient. If the patient should suddenly stumble or fall, an hydraulic mechanism in the reel automatically brakes the trucks against movement on the rail and resists withdrawal of the cord from the reel, so that the patient is slowly lowered to the floor. The platform is rotatable by the patient 180.degree. relative to the overhead trucks so as to enable the patient to reverse his or her direction of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Inventors: Algernon G. Swan, Eugene A. Stead, Jr., William P. Thompson, David P. Colvin
  • Patent number: 4340215
    Abstract: In a bearing and support for use either as a bearing, per se, or as a bearinged support for other items and incorporating the bearing of this invention; the bearing includes at least a pair of rotatable members that rotate or counter-rotate about a common axis, a shaft supporting the rotatable members for rotation about its common axis; roller, ball, sleeve, or other forms of bearings disposed between the rotatable members and the shaft to facilitate the rotation of the members therearound; a structural member incorporating a series of keepers upon its upper and lower edges and which retain races or tracks, and being disposed for having one of the rotatable members associated thereon to provide a bearing suspended support for holding other items, or the body of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1982
    Inventor: Raymond J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 4204719
    Abstract: In a bearing and support for use either as a bearing, per se, or as a bearinged support for other items and incorporating the bearing of this invention; the bearing includes at least a pair of rotatable members that rotate or counter-rotate about a common axis, a shaft supporting the rotatable members for rotation about its common axis; roller, ball, sleeve, or other forms of bearings disposed between the rotatable members and the shaft to facilitate the rotation of the members therearound; a structural member incorporating a series of keepers upon its upper and lower edges and which retain races or tracks, and being disposed for having one of the rotatable members associated thereon to provide a bearing suspended support for holding other items, or the body of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1980
    Inventor: Raymond J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 3985082
    Abstract: The ceiling of a room is provided with an overhead track along which a carriage can move. A vertical column extends from the carriage and terminates short of the floor in the room in a handle grip which may be held by a patient. Motors in the carriage serve to drive the carriage along the track and thus aid the patient in walking along the direction of the track. A second motor raises and lowers the handle grip to a convenient level so that different sized patients can use the walker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1976
    Inventor: Dragoje R. Barac
  • Patent number: D261376
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1981
    Inventor: James A. Tipton