Founding Cramer

1914-1937

1914

World War I begins

1918

Frank & Chuck

Cramer Chemical Co. is born in Frank and Chuck Cramer's mom's kitchen. Chuck was a pharmaceutical student and an outstanding track athlete at the University of Kansas when he sprained his ankle. He whipped up his own liniment to treat his ankle. It worked and Cramer was born.



1918

World War I ends

1919

Babe Ruth sold to the Yankees

1928

Notre Dame's Knute Rockne endorses Cramer Athletic Liniment in a print advertisement, saying it's, "the best all around rub-down we have ever used." His stamp of approval puts Cramer on the map.

1929

The stock market crashes, starting the great depression.

1932

The U.S. Olympic track and field team selects Frank and Chuck Cramer as its first athletic trainers.

1933

The first first aider

As the company and the athletic training profession grew, Chuck and Frank Cramer felt a responsibility to be an important source of information and education. Cramer launches a newsletter, The First Aider, mailed to athletic trainers and coaches coast to coast. The publication would soon grow into a must-read resource for athletic trainers.

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1937

Along with Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, Frank Cramer becomes one of the founding fathers of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). To this day, the NAIA remains dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, and Cramer remains a dedicated NAIA partner.

Building a Profession

1941-1963

1941

U.S. joins WWII after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

1944

WWII ends.

1945

Bill Cramer, son of co-founder Chuck Cramer, starts working at Cramer. He earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas, and served in the Navy during World War II.

1946

Jack Cramer, son of co-founder Frank Cramer, begins working at Cramer after attending Kansas State University as an athletic trainer.

1950

Organizing an organization

Co-founders Frank and Chuck Cramer fund and help organize the first meeting of that would eventually be known as the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Chuck Cramer serves as the first executive secretary until 1954.



1957

In 1957 there wasn┬╣t much formal
education for athletic trainers. Cramer set out to spread the knowledge and move the profession forward and held the first of the now legendary Cramer Student
Trainer Workshops.

1962

Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single game.

1963

President Kennedy assassinated

1963

An article in The First Aider foreshadows the future of the athletic training profession by highlighting the growing importance of women in the field.

Continued Innovation

1968-1994

1968

Changing with the times

Cramer Chemical Co. changes its name to Cramer Products Inc., reflecting a product line that includes many items not chemically based.






1969

Moon landing

1971

Founder Frank Cramer dies at the age of 83.

1973

Bill Cramer is named president of Cramer Products

1974

Tommy John undergoes the now eponymous ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery.

1974

A kick in a cup

Cramer Products introduces Quickick, one of the first electrolyte replacement drinks on the market.







1980

Cramer introduces the first line of computer software for athletic trainers and coaches.

1991

Let's make it official

Cramer adds a new chapter to its long history of supporting youth sports by becoming the official first aid supplier of Babe Ruth Baseball and Pop Warner Football.

1992

The Dream Team wins Olympic gold in basketball

1992

Cramer launches the first sports medicine bulletin Board, "The Electronic Trainer."

1992

Cramer Products joins with Cramer Japan to further promote sports medicine in Japan.

Creating our future

1994-present

1994

The United States hosts the World Cup

1996

Cramer becomes the title sponsor of the NATA Educator's Conference.

1999

Kansas native Maurice Greene becomes the worlds fastest man.

2001

Cramer products named the Official Supplier of Educational Material to the National Athletic Trainer's Association.

2002

For Athletic Trainers
By Athletic Trainers

Cramer establishes its National Advisory Council by inviting six experienced certified athletic trainers from across the country to test products and give valuable advice and feedback.

2004

Cramer acquires Cosom Sporting Goods of Thorofare, N.J.

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2004

Jack Cramer dies at the age of 86

2007

Still leading the way
in education

Cramer sponsors the first Collegiate Sports Medicine Leadership Workshop to help young trainers gain knowledge, get experience and prepare them to be leaders in the profession.




2007

Bill Cramer dies at the age of 86

2008

Cramer celebrates it's 90th Anniversary.

2008

Cramer acquires Active Ankle Systems Inc., the leader in ankle brace technology.

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2009

Active Ankle Systems announces a new medical division, Active Innovations.

2011

Cramer named Cornerstone Sponsor
of NATA.

2011

Cramer acquires Stromgren Athletics, one of the founders of the compression girdle category.

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2013

Cramer merges with Performance Health, makers of Biofreeze and Theraband, well known rehabilitation and wellness brands.