World War I begins
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.
World War I ends
Babe Ruth sold to the Yankees
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.
The stock market crashes, starting the great depression.
The U.S. Olympic track and field team selects Frank and Chuck Cramer as its first athletic trainers.
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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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
U.S. joins WWII after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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.
Jack Cramer, son of co-founder Frank Cramer, begins working at Cramer after attending Kansas State University as an athletic trainer.
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.
In 1957 there wasn¹t 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
Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single game.
President Kennedy assassinated
An article in The First Aider foreshadows the future of the athletic training profession by highlighting the growing importance of women in the field.
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.
Founder Frank Cramer dies at the age of 83.
Bill Cramer is named president of Cramer Products
Tommy John undergoes the now eponymous ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery.
A kick in a cup
Cramer Products introduces Quickick, one of the first electrolyte replacement drinks on the market.
Cramer introduces the first line of computer software for athletic trainers and coaches.
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.
The Dream Team wins Olympic gold in basketball
Cramer launches the first sports medicine bulletin Board, "The Electronic Trainer."
Cramer Products joins with Cramer Japan to further promote sports medicine in Japan.
Creating our future
The United States hosts the World Cup
Cramer becomes the title sponsor of the NATA Educator's Conference.
Kansas native Maurice Greene becomes the worlds fastest man.
Cramer products named the Official Supplier of Educational Material to the National Athletic Trainer's Association.
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.
Cramer acquires Cosom Sporting Goods of Thorofare, N.J.
Jack Cramer dies at the age of 86
Still leading the way
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.
Bill Cramer dies at the age of 86
Cramer celebrates it's 90th Anniversary.
Cramer acquires Active Ankle Systems Inc., the leader in ankle brace technology.
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Active Ankle Systems announces a new medical division, Active Innovations.
Cramer named Cornerstone Sponsor
Cramer acquires Stromgren Athletics, one of the founders of the compression girdle category.
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Cramer merges with Performance Health, makers of Biofreeze and Theraband, well known rehabilitation and wellness brands.