SportsMed PRO Intended purpose

SportsMed PRO may be used to help with pain relief, injury repair and rehabilitation of the following types of (diagnosed) musculoskeletal injuries:

  • Bruising (contusion, haematoma)

  • Bursitis (inflammation of bursa)

  • Contracture (fasciitis)

  • Delayed onset muscle soreness

  • Dislocation (subluxation)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Fracture (with soft tissue damage)

  • Ligament sprain (over-stretch tear)

  • Muscle strain (tear)

  • Nerve compression (pinched nerve)

  • Neuralgia (damaged nerve)

  • Oedema (excess fluid, effusion)

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Painful stiffness (adhesive capsulitis)

  • Slipped disc

  • Spondylosis

  • Tendonitis (inflammation of tendon)

  • Tendon strain (tear)

  • Tenosynovitis (peritendinitis, inflammation of the synovial sheath)

Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) listing number #174871

Modes and Controls

For the benefit of physiotherapists, sports medicine practitioners and other professionals, we summarize the SportsMed PRO operating modes and settings.

Other customers are advised to seek medical diagnosis and use SportsMed PRO as part of an injury recovery plan developed by their healthcare provider.

Mode is determined by the combination of two settings:



RELIEVE versus EXERCISE setting

Use the RELIEVE setting for pain relief, relaxation and early stage injury repair

Use EXERCISE setting for later stage injury repair, circulation and muscle strengthening.

Constant versus Modulated setting

Modulated mode set to High frequency actually oscillates between High and Low frequency, thus achieving maximum pain relief benefits - pain-gating mixed with beta-endorphin release.

Use the MODULATED setting for:

  • Chronic pain

  • Release of tension

  • Early stage injury recovery

Use the CONSTANT setting for:

  • Acute pain

  • Later stage injury recovery

  • Muscle strengthening options

Pulse intensity

Pulse intensity is the strength of the electrical pulses. The stronger the stimulation the further the electrical signals can reach within the body and the more nerves and cell membranes are activated.

The effectiveness of TENS therapy is highly dependent upon DOSE which is a function of intensity and time.

Relieve setting

  • Pain Relief - start with a low intensity; a setting between 1.5 and 2.5.

  • Stronger Pain Relief - turn up the intensity to moderate or strong, so long as the sensation remains comfortable; a setting between 2.5 and 3.0.

  • Using an intensity higher than this has no additional pain relieving benefit and may potentially cause aggravation to the injured area.

  • For cellular activity and commencement of the recovery process, a very low intensity is adequate, between 1.0 and 2.0.

Exercise setting

 The intensity must be sufficient to cause the muscles to contract.

  • Intensity controls the strength of each contraction. Once the intensity is set every contraction will be of the same strength

  • For repair, set the dial for the mildest of muscle contractions

  • For muscle development set the dial to a comfortable level, while still causing the muscle to work (i.e. contract)

As progress is made, the intensity may be increased - but never to the point of discomfort. Everyone is different and not all athletes will need to use the upper end of the dial.


Pulse Rate

Relieve setting

  • A low pulse frequency will cause the release of beta-endorphin, for longer lasting pain relief and a feeling of well-being

  • A high pulse frequency will provide the pain-gating or "blocking" effect for immediate pain relief


Exercise setting

  • Low pulse frequency stimulates involuntary (visceral) muscles

  • High pulse frequency stimulates voluntary (skeletal) muscles


Please contact ActivLife for details of:

  • Wholesale prices

  • Professional partner opportunities

(03) 5427 1999

SportsMed PRO - TENS, EMS and ECS

This is the 2019 version of the SportsMed Clinical Athlete Recovery System.

For orders of 2 or more, discounts apply. Please phone 03 5427 1999 to discuss your needs.



SportsMed PRO treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimePulse frequency
Pain relief / relaxation Modulated and RelieveLow Minimum 60 minutesLow
Pain management Constant and RelieveLow to medium 20 to 30 minutesHigh
Pain management Modulated and RelieveLow to medium Minimum 60 minutesHigh
Healing Modulated & Exercise;
6 sec ON, 12 sec OFF
Medium 5–15 min; 3 per dayMedium to high
Healing Constant & Exercise;
6 sec ON, 12 sec OFF
Low to medium 5–15 min; 3 per dayHigh
Rehabilitation Constant & Exercise;
6 sec ON, 12 sec OFF
Medium 20–30 min; dailyHigh
Strength Constant & Exercise;
12 sec ON, 24 sec OFF
Medium to high 20-30 min; 3 per weekHigh
On RELIEVE mode – muscles should NOT contract or twitch
On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required