Athletes and fitness buffs know one axiom well! The best way to treat an injury is avoid it! Elderly persons know they are in need of exercise, but probably few know how important that “P” word is to their quality of life. The Pfitz Reaction Bars were specifically developed to simultaneously address exercise and proprioception.
I use a term called “variable intensity” control to adapt my bars to individuals and where they fit into the five stages of fitness training: (a.) rehabilitation, (b.) deconditioned, (c.) moderately conditioned, (d.) highly conditioned and (e.) Olympic & professional athlete.
At the base of my design is “injury avoidance”! Though I have found a real void about that word being included in the vocabulary of many most clients and people in general even fitness professionals and some big time collegiate conditioning coaches, there are endless scholastic articles and studies about its importance and relationship to injury avoidance or rehab mitigation.
I have seen athletic careers abruptly ended because of game time ankle or ACL injuries. I have seen otherwise great season fall apart because a star athlete went down. I have had to work with the elderly to rehab them back to a condition where they could enjoy life. And I am aware of scores and scores of people whom I have and will never meet who suffer.
This tool is a chance to help everyone from the high intensity athlete, to the fitness buff to the elderly.
Elderly and Balance
Proprioception and balance exercises for elderly is essential for assisting in the prevention of falls and avoiding injuries normally associated with imbalance. As we all know, or have experienced, falls and imbalance related injuries occur much more frequently as we age. That is no small part a result of becoming less active as years pass. That leads to infirmness and uncertainty in footing. A spill is often the result. In very elderly, a simple spill has a compounding effect. It leads to another spill and another injury. That can slow the person to a point where exercise becomes impossible and ultimately organs begin to shut down.
My experience with elderly clients shows remarkable results. Person who came to me with walkers and canes now walk many miles per day. As a result, their quality of life and enjoyment is many, many times enhanced from when they were less active.
But the key is to improve their “P” word! With the use of Pfitz Reaction Bars we actually invigorate their sense of where their body is relative to gravity. That enhances reaction to sudden changes in walking surfaces, their ability to adjust and a fall is prevented. Here are some examples of how we help!
Female Knees and Ankles
If you are a coach who is responsible for a women’s athletic team of a participant, consider this study conclusion:
Results: During the 2000 season, there was an 88% decrease in anterior cruciate ligament injury in the enrolled subjects compared to the control group. In year 2, during the 2001 season, there was a 74% reduction in anterior cruciate ligament tears in the intervention group compared to the age- and skill-matched controls.
Conclusion: Using a neuromuscular training program may have a direct benefit in decreasing the number of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female soccer players. (http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/33/7/1003.abstract)
The Pfitz Reaction bar means business when it combines strength training with a built in dynamic of enhancing proprioception. There are endless exercises that address proprioception. But very few, if any, offer the integration and intensity variance of the Pfitz Reaction Bars. There is a distinct advantage to that integration. Importantly, it presents a real time training to assist the body in creating the sixth sense of balance while under fire. Also, it save energy and time since it does not require a separate routine.
We have had great feedback from the trainers of NFL and other professional athletes that have been using the Pfitz Reaction Bars, in some cases for a couple years now.
Regarding intensity, we have had the bars tried by a wide variety of very fit women. To their surprise, when they grabbed the bars the feeling was instantaneous, and had a one word reaction! Wow! In one case, a female weight lifter who routinely bench pressed 250 pounds tried the bar with no added weight. She found it to be a challenge beyond her expectation.