Emergency Medical Responders, Firefighters, Police, Medical Personnel, Military and any combination or alternative is ready to go out and help those in need in any community. Who do our medical and service men go to when they need help? How are their needs met? Do they have a way of measuring dysfunction before it happens?
The same way that one might go to the doctor and have blood pressure checked, heart rate, glucose levels, oxygen saturation, and so on. Movement can be screened and treated, to achieve an ideal range of quality.
Prescription medicine is not going to be recommended, but instead “vitamin” type exercise correctives. They will not solve the issue instantly but if “taken” regularly can help the movement to improve.
So how does this work? Well, a 7 test – screen that can tell you a lot about how you function is performed this reveals your weakest links. The subject would perform corrective strategies to improve the movement for 6-12 weeks until improved and ideally continue a customized program meant to improve or maintain high quality movement.
This article demonstrated the cost and reason why this might be important for the sake of lowering cost, injury and time spent on preventable injury.
Other forms of health and wellness should be addressed when working with the tactical athlete population such as, Nutrition, Sleep, Stress, Disease risk, etc. to help lower the risk of early death, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
The focus of this article is to bring attention to physical readiness, injury prevention and a way to screen potential issues that may not have occurred yet and are preventable.
For a limited time the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) is being performed by certified FMS Pro’s at Physical Therapy Connections, P.C. in Pueblo, CO as a way to thank the servicemen in Pueblo and raise awareness to the subjects of injury prevention and longevity.
Adrian Gomez, Wellness Specialist at PT-Connections, is donating his time to this cause after recently becoming certified as a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.