Besides the soccer stadium, Gonzaga is upgrading its athletic training room by installing a state-of-the-art facility, which will include a few new pieces of modern technology as well as more than double the square footage. The facility, which is set to open by September 2008, is named the Diedrick-DeLong Athletic Training Facility after two of Gonzaga's most influential trainers. The athletic training room will be nearly 5,000 square feet and include two new whirlpools, a treadmill made especially for therapeutic purposes, a 2,000-watt laser and an upgraded sled for knee rehabilitation among other improvements and additions.
The first whirlpool is the Polar Plunge, which is a 9.5-by-7.5 cold water pool. The second pool is a 14-foot-long hydrotherapy pool with a built-in treadmill on the bottom. This pool has variable depths and is hooked up to a computer so trainers can chart the progress of injured student-athletes. Gonzaga is the first in its league to have this kind of technology, which is used by professional teams such as the Seattle Mariners, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Antonio Spurs.
The upgraded sled, which will also be added to the facility, features a squat machine in which bungee cords are used instead of weights in order to ease tension.