It’s been a while since I wrote about my Conversation with a Power Sports Band Retailer (please read this first if you haven’t already) that described how I came to be in possession of a powerful negative ion sports band that promised to help with endurance, flexibility, balance and general sports performance, as well as even helping me to sleep better!
I thought I’d better round things up and explain what happened next.
So, to be very clear, I did actually put the band through its paces, as best I knew how, as I was desperate to see whether it possessed enough power to resurrect my hopes of playing for the mighty Doncaster Rovers. In fact, I had a lot of fun coming up with genuine tests over the course of a couple of weeks and even attached it to my dog’s collar on a few occasions to see if the negative ions being given off, if there were any, had an effect on her.
And the results?
Well, let’s just say that I will be watching Donny Rovers from the stands again this season. Not one test had a result that would indicate the band had any special powers. Not one.
OK, so this was what I expected, and maybe my bias prevented me from seeing any benefit, placebo or otherwise, but it really wasn’t through a lack of trying. I had bent, stretched, timed and measured, all with and without the Power Sports Band and not once was there any improvement in my abilities when I was wearing the product.
I felt that I needed to report back to James and to return what was now just a fancy rubber band.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but it really has been a busy time for me. In short, however, after completing many test with the Power Sports Band I could find no evidence to show that it had any effect at all on sports performance.
It has become a bit of a project for me to try to find about your band and whether there is any scientific theory behind it in any way and I have drawn a blank. I appreciate what you have said previously about the purchase of a negative ion detector and that this has shown that the band does give off negative ions, but none of the reading I have done would suggest that this could be of benefit to an athlete, or an ordinary member of the public for that matter. What was it that convinced you as to the positive effects this band could have on the body? Also, I hope you don’t mind me asking, but which ion detector did you actually buy? I think this information might help my reading and therefore give me a better understanding of the science involved.
And the telling reply…
In truth Steve what convinced me was my own personal experience. I genuinely sleep better with it on, and (perhaps as a result of that) I genuinely feel more energized through the day – but no one would believe me saying that alone, so what we want is for people to try it for themselves, and that is why from day 1 we’ve always offered a complete money back guarantee on every band sold worldwide. We definitely don’t want to deceive anybody, or fool them into buying some “snake oil” – I’ve read as much of the theory as I can understand and there seems to be a lot of support for negative ion technology, and a lot of naysayers too – if we hadn’t of found benefit in our own use, we most definitely would not be selling it.
You can keep the band with my compliments –give it to a friend and see if they find anything. In truth I’ve had a handful of friends who’ve found absolutely no benefit from them, but plenty more that have, so pass it on and maybe someone else will find benefit in it.
I have to say, I was saddened. Throughout this encounter James had come across as a thoroughly nice bloke who had bent over backwards to help me understand where he was coming from. My conclusion though is it that he is someone who has tried a product and found some personal benefit, almost certainly through the placebo effect, and then tried to market it. I genuinely think that the money-back guarantee is a gesture towards acknowledging that the band may not be all that it is cracked up to be, whether that was the explicit thinking behind it or not. James is not a con artist, of that I am certain. Sadly, I think he is just misguided.
So, should you try a Power Sports Band for yourself? Of course not. Given that you have read this the placebo effect will, most probably, be less likely to help you and I’m sure as sure can be that the “science” behind this rubber band certainly won’t help your sports performance either. Like similar products that have already been discredited, this is band, in my experience, is nothing more than a charity-type wristband with a few optimistic claims tagged onto it.
No real surprise there then!