Education continues to be a main focus for us when we launched the Protect Your Body series for first responders.
We sincerely hope you not only learned a great deal, but that you benfited from the exercises we’ve shared.
As we wrap it up, we’d like to share a little bit of background on how we got here.
When I was 10, my father suffered a spinal cord injury, and I saw firsthand how physical therapy impacted his life. From that moment on, I was hooked and knew this would be my calling.
After assessing thousands of athletes year after year, I began to observe trends in pre-season physical examinations that would result in injuries during play in the season. Over the years, we amassed millions of data points that offer specific clues on how movement abnormalities can lead to injuries.
Being strong and fit is just one piece of the wellness puzzle. Movement is another key factor, thanks to the “kinetic chain.” Kinetic means force, and chain is defined as a system that is linked together.
For our purposes, the kinetic chain includes the parts of the body that directly or indirectly impact the positioning, alignment, strength, endurance and performance of proximal or distal segments of the body. The nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems all work together to transfer energy or force through the body to the extremities in order to cause movement.
It makes sense that if limbs are moving incorrectly, you’re also putting yourself at risk for injury. And our research bears that out.
Rebound is now the benefit of this vast cache of data, expertise and knowledge on movement and is applying it to the health and well-being of first responders. Our goal is to bring the best of sports medicine to help public safety workers stay healthier throughout their careers and, hopefully, enter their retirement years with far fewer aches and pains common to their professions.
Protect Your Body
Thanks for joining us on this 8-week education and training course. We’ve shared basic anatomy and common injuries of the back, shoulder, knee and neck – all areas of critical importance to workers who physically challenge their bodies on the job every day.
We’ve also shared our favorite exercises that, when added to your regular workout routine, can help reduce your risk of injury.
And we didn’t even have a chance to talk about stretching, hydration and sleep. Those will definitely be topics for the future.
If you missed any of the blogs, you can navigate to them on the links below. As always, if you are under a doctor’s or physical therapist’s care, consult with them before adding any new elements to your workout.
If this series has helped your working performance, please let us know! We’d love to hear about your health journey.