More people exercise now than ever before in history, yet we face an epidemic of rising exercise-related injuries and illnesses.
- A long term study, from 1990-2007, revealed that nearly a million Americans were hospitalized in emergency rooms with exercise related injuries, an increase of 50% in injuries during the 18-year study period. (Nationwide Children's Hospital. "Weight training - related injuries increasing." ScienceDaily 2010.)
- Another new study found that American children experienced a 150% increase in injuries during physical education from 1997-2007; with data coming from 100 representative U.S. hospitals taking part in surveillance for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
These are injuries reported due to hospitalization. How many more unreported and non-critical care emergencies have resulted from increased exercise? Magnitudes more injuries and restrictions occur due to increased fitness activity; nearly as many which have resulted from sedentary lifestyle.
If you have reduced exercise due to rising levels of pain and restrictions, or repeatedly face illness and injury, you face a solvable problem encountered by millions. It is an epidemic of over-use and mis-use, just as problematic as dis-use.
Immobility-Induced Metabolic Syndrome
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that only 1 in 5 of adults are receiving sufficient exercise. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the report noting that 80% of the world’s population receives an insufficient degree of exercise in order to avoid metabolic diseases.
Attempting to lift the numbers of those who exercise should have reversed or reduced the diseases of insufficient exercise if the only problem were disuse. Yet with rising rates of exercise, the rates of injuries and illnesses have climbed. These are signals of the problems related to over-use and mis-use.
The 2016 Physical Activity Council Report recorded over 217 million Americans (67% of Americans) have become physically active. Although this increased physical activity prevents sedentary lifestyle morbidities (dis-use), as physical exercise and sports recreation has increased, so too has there been a dramatic increase in injury rates (due to over- use and mis-use).
The 2015 United States Army Health of the Force (HOTF), reports that from 2007-2014, physical activity has increased, but has resulted in a:
20% decrease in injuries ages 25 and under
No change in injuries in ages 25-34
20% increase in injuries in ages 35-44
40% increase in injuries over 45
Furthermore, the 2015 HOTF reports that :
50% of all injuries in 2014 were from physical training
20% of the injuries resulted in fatalities
66% of the injuries resulted in disability
76% of medically non-deployable injuries were musculoskeletal
27% of injuries were from over-exertion
Unfortunately, physical training has been increased in recent years to solve a metabolic problem without consideration of musculoskeletal effect. So, increased injuries dramatically escalate in mid to late years. Rehabilitation and therapy are rising in mid and late career.
Evidence-based Mobility Assessment and its professional licensure have become a critical necessity.
Understanding how increased physical training requires specific mobility assessment requires an understanding of:
1. how over-training progresses through stages, and
2. how each stage is marked by certain observable features and bio-markers of health, wellness and physical and mental performance.
If you are a practicing athletic or physical fitness trainer, strength and conditioning coach, physical therapist, or human performance specialist, RMAX International has the optimal program for your services, clinic or club: The Neuro Mobility Assessment Procedure, or N-MAP.
What is the Neuro Mobility Assessment Procedure?
Fitness and mobility are thought of as synonymous but they act independently, and influence one another as separate modalities. Fitness typically only considers over-use its focus for continued progress. One “must” recover in order to continue to challenge and improve fitness levels.
Over-use is only one of three issues that your body faces. Unlike over-use which has very ostensible signs and signals to call your awareness, disuse and misuse are more pervasive, more insidious and significantly less identifiable than over-use without specific assessment procedures.
To your brain, your mobility is your virtual representation of itself. Your mobility is a projection of your mind. Rely upon one motion too often, your strengths, and it produces learned non-use. Use it or lose it applies to mobility. The map in your brain for an unused motion withers away and gets replaced by your repetitive actions. This creates a series of compensations: motions that are over-used, but also motions that are under- used and forgotten.
When a motion is forgotten, mobility must be leeched from other places in order to accomplish the patterns you call it to perform repeatedly, so compensations result. Each time you attempt to exercise without having first removed these compensations, strengthens their dysfunction, so you get stuck in a brain trap: the harder you work, the worse your situation becomes. You have to correct this misuse first.
N-MAP uses a neuro-scientific approach to rewiring your brain so that you can not only address typical over-use issues for accelerated recovery, but so you can also reactivate the mobility you have learned to not use, and to deactivate and re-balance the compensations - the misuse - you’ve created because of immobility.
This new virtual image that you create for your brain allows it to restore functional balance to the body. Fitness must, first, come from the mind, not merely from movement.
N-MAP uses a step-by-step process of assessing over-used, dis-used and mis-used motions and positions, to isolate deficits from compensations, to reactivate a brain-body connection to shut-down mechanisms, and then “sprinkles” the new function with optimized biochemistry to anchor the new “brain map” you’ve created.
The approach has been shown to eliminate training-related injuries at a governmental agency level, reducing prior injuries in academy classes from a 31% average per class down to zero from 2010-2013 (in an evaluation by the United States Department of Justice).
Designed by the original pioneer of the discipline of mobility, Scott B. Sonnon, through his unparalleled 25 years of mobility experience and expertise, N-MAP certification and professional licensure uses a neuroscience-based approach to reduce and prevent injuries for physical trainers, increase performance for athletic trainers and strength coaches, and accelerate recovery methods for physical therapists.
N-MAP Certification with
Optional N-MAP Professional Licensure
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