Performance Optimization Programs
At Revolutions in Fitness, we’ve combined the most important aspects of what we do as physical therapists - injury prevention - with what we all want: improved performance. Performance Optimization Programs, or POPs, are a goal-oriented way for people to take ownership of their health while improving upon their overall performance.
The POP includes an activity-specific movement assessment, as well as treatment based on these findings. You will then receive home exercises and treatments that you can do to make changes in your body in order to promote overall performance gains. POPs can be for a variety of activities, including running, swimming, cycling, dance, yoga, basketball, music, and many others. Depending on the activity being assessed and the intensity needed, the length of the appointment will either be one, two, or three hours.
Listed below are several of the types of POPs that we offer - if you would like to do a POP for an activity that is not listed below, let us know!
Functional Movement Assessment POP
The Functional Movement Assessment POP includes a scored SFMA/FMS screening and a brief overview of single movements. An SFMA, or Selective Functional Movement Assessment, is an assessment that identifies dysfunctional movement patterns; an FMS (Functional Movement System) screening is a set of movement tests to determine your ranges of motion. This appointment will take approximately one hour. Click HERE to learn more about SFMA and FMS screenings!
Although it is often thought of as a simple activity, running is one of the more complex activities that our bodies can perform. Running requires complex movement patterns across multiple joints and muscles in our bodies. These movement patterns are performed in all three planes of motion, with each joint and muscle's movement dependent on the muscles and joints above and below it.
It is estimated that 65% of all runners experience running-related injuries each year. When you run with specific strength and flexibility, you can run with optimal speed and efficiency while avoiding recurrent injuries, pain and discomfort. Since pain & symptoms in one area can be influenced by the muscles and joints above and below that area, the cause of the symptom could lie in a different area than the pain.
Revolutions in Fitness takes a multi-dimensional approach to the treatment and prevention of running injuries. Our running assessments take approximately two hours and encompass a range of evaluations and analysis, including:
Running history – includes evaluation of both previous and current injuries
Biomechanical assessment – includes a gait analysis to determine how your anatomical structure, muscle flexibility & strength may influence the way you run
Body & foot structure analysis – evaluates joint integrity and foot biomechanics.
Running video analysis – assesses factors such as foot strike, knee angle, stride length, leg backswing, shoulder position, arm swing, and posture to identify inefficiencies & potential issues.
Our comprehensive evaluation sets the framework for a customized program that includes the appropriate direct "hands on" treatment as well as some individual stretching exercises that you can do at home.
The Cycling Optimization Analysis is a holistic evaluation of your cycling needs to improve your comfort and performance. This two hour meeting combines our detailed musculoskeletal evaluation, bike fit, and coaching services. We assess your status on all of these dimensions and address the factors that will make the biggest difference towards your overall goals.
Cycling Optimization includes an analysis of:
Cycling-specific strength in both your extremity and core muscle groups
Computrainer SpinScan pedal efficiency & ankle mechanics assessment
Contact point evaluation using gebioMized pressure sensor technology
Spine & posture assessment
Vs. power analysis, power-to-weight assessment, and estimated VO2 ml/kg (VO2max)
Depending on your needs, background knowledge, and experience level, the Optimization Evaluation may also include:
Training plan assessment
Nutrition & hydration assessment
Bike-handling skills/drills & balance exercises
It is common for clients to return for follow-up testing to measure their progress, and add to their plan as their initial goals are accomplished. We usually recommended that clients schedule at least one 1-hour follow-up appointments to complete implementation after their cycling POP.
Comprehensive assessment of your fitness, your biomechanical health, and your geometry by a using state of the art technology
Prioritized strategy to improve your experience on the bicycle through sports medical intervention, bike fit, or coaching services
Tips and adjustments to begin implementation
A recreational cyclist's optimization analysis shows that his power-to-weight ratio and pedaling mechanics are slowing him down on hills. In a Cycling POP, we make specific recommendations for training, nutrition, and hydration, and show him pedaling drills to improve his mechanics, all of which will help improve his climbing speed.
Are you a triathlete wanting to improve your freestyle for your next race, or a high school/collegiate swimmer looking to prevent injury during the swim season? Our two hour Swim POP will help you identify your problem areas including weaknesses, inflexibility, and postural imbalances through our biomechanical evaluation, as well as evaluate your stroke through a multi-angle camera set-up in our pool.
You'll learn dry-land exercises to address your musculoskeletal deficits, form drills, and will leave with videos of your swim stroke to share with your coaches.
The Triathlon Performance Optimization Program is an evaluation of your cycling, swimming, and running needs to improve your comfort and performance. This three hour meeting combines our detailed musculoskeletal evaluation, bike fit, and coaching services. We assess your status on all of these dimensions and address the factors and limiters that will make the biggest difference towards your overall goals and prevent future injury.
Example: A triathlete's optimization analysis determines that her tight hamstrings and weak core are keeping her from being as aerodynamic as she might otherwise be. She is also experiencing back and knee pain. In a Tri POP, we show her cycling specific exercises and drills to help her improve her flexibility, strengthen her core, alleviate her knee and back pain, and achieve a more aerodynamic position on the bike. We also make some changes to her bike fit to decrease the stress on her painful knee.