There are 1.4 million people who are currently on active duty in the United States Armed Forces. It is imperative that those who serve are physically active. Exercise regimens can be strenuous. Like many of us, they often suffer from training and sports-related injuries, leading to millions of lost active duty days each year. A recent Department of Defense report states that “training-related injuries have been identifıed as the leading cause of clinic visits and have a substantial impact on the readiness of the force due to the amount of limited duty time they cause.” It’s extremely important for the military to understand how to train properly in order to minimize injury risk.
The Military Training Task Force (MTTF) was recently tasked with making scientific-based recommendations to prevent injuries related to physical training. A group of health and fitness experts, The Joint Physical Training Injury Prevention Working Group, evaluated 40 physical training-related injury prevention strategies. The group concluded that six strategies, with varying levels of priority, were recommended for implementation across in all four military services. Five of the six were protective measures, including avoiding overtraining and wearing mouth guards. There was only one recommendation prescribed specific exercises. The recommendation: “Perform multi-axial, neuromuscular, proprioceptive, and agility training.” The report concluded that there is “good evidence that injuries are reduced by increasing the proportion of physical training time devoted to exercises that vary musculoskeletal stress in multiple plains and improve body coordination, position sense, and agility.”
Allow me to help translate.
I’ll help break down the one training recommendation from the military for injury prevention:
Multi-axial: Many planes of motion.
Movements that go in various directions help strengthen the core muscles, as well as improve stability. Often, tools are required to facilitate such movements, such as the Core Flyte.
Neuromuscular: Coordinated muscle movement.
Neuromuscular training “is used to teach your body better habits for stability” by coordinating mental perception with physical behavior. Examples include stretching and balancing while performing specific movements.
Proprioceptive: Body position sense.
This is all about knowing where a body part is without having to look. Improved prioception enhances balance, coordination, reaction time, and posture.
Agility training: Non-linear movement.
Agility training varies from strength exercises to stretching. These activities strengthen secondary and supporting muscles and tendons.
This was an exciting report to read as a cofounder of Flyte Fitness, as our Core Flyte product enables people to train using all of these methods. The Core Flyte facilitates movement along many planes (on any flat surface), enables coordinated muscle movements as multiple muscle groups are activated, improves body position sense after completing routines, and supports agility training.
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