Can we predict your next injury?
A couple of years ago I attended a weeklong sports medicine conference at Duke University, and while it all was very impactful, the most memorable session involved a heated discussion on predicting injuries. Can we truly recognize when someone is likely to get hurt?
This is a HUGE idea, and yet no one in the health-care industry ever talks about this. As you probably know too well, doctors typically are in a reactionary state—you go in when you already have pain. But what if they could warn you BEFORE that injury happened?
We do know that the No. 1 predictor of injury is previous injury. If your low back has been injured before, it will likely get injured again. But what other factors could help predict injury?
In other forms of medicine, such as cardiology, doctors check cholesterol, blood pressure and EKG results to understand your heart health. We here at Bio-mechanics of Las Vegas have a method to do this for your body’s movement system. It’s not expensive, and it only takes 30 minutes.
From that talk at Duke, I was able to identify a set of simple tests that we can use to predict your next injury. The basis of the program is Move2Perform, and I’m not aware of any other clinic in Las Vegas that uses this software. It allows us to compare your results with more than 30,000 other people, factoring in things like age and activity level. That’s a huge sampling, and it makes the testing very accurate.
At the end of the test you get a printed report. Here’s an example, click the image below to see a complete sample:
Just like an annual physical or your six-month dental checkup, you need a movement checkup—one that is capable of predicting your next injury. You should do this every six months, or if you are very active, like a competitive runner or someone who plays basketball every week, then quarterly testing is advised.
We use this test on all of the clients in our gym, BOOM 702. In fact, we test every member and then design our workout warm-ups based on the limitations we see. We also did this with the Henderson Fire Department, running injury-prediction tests on every cadet in its last academy.
When we tested a girls soccer team, we identified two girls who were at high risk for ACL tears, and perhaps saved their season by prescribing the right exercises to counteract their movement issues.
Injury-prediction testing is a very powerful tool, and whether your New Year’s goal is to get in shape or run a marathon, sign up today to get tested. Make 2015 the first year in a long time that you will not NOT have pain again.
Live pain free,
Dr. Josh Satterlee, DC
Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Provider
Instructor, North American Sports Medicine Institute