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- American's military service men and women are on the front lines protecting our country – but what happens when they’re not physically up to the task? Soldiers are facing more challenges than ever before when it comes to becoming fit for duty and physically deployable. In fact, the Army considers deploy-ability to be the biggest issue facing the organization today, with 100,000 soldiers deemed “non-deployable.” Of those, only an estimated 10% will be rehabilitated successfully enough to be deployed in the future.Our military also struggles with finding recruits who are physically-capable of being enlisted, due in part to America’s obesity crisis. Military recruits most commonly fall between the ages of 17 and 24, and of that population, 27% is too overweight for service. Even those who do qualify and enlist often discover they aren’t in good enough shape to pass the physical fitness test. Recruits have a higher risk of being injured during basic training, and each potential service member who is lost because of a basic training injury costs the Department of Defense approximately $31,000.To help tackle these issues, the military has started to turn to Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists for help. Also known as a CSCS, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is a highly-trained healthcare professional that uses scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology to help improve athletic performance. Many of the people who pursue a CSCS certification are physical therapists or are typically in the medical and healthcare field and want to expand their knowledge base to serve patients or athletes better.A CSCS works with a wide range of clients – from athletes who are hoping to improve their performance and strength to law enforcement agencies and military organizations looking to implement programs to increase fitness or reduce injury. In fact, some divisions of the Army have found success working with Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists to create programs that help recruits minimize training injuries and improve their chances of passing the physical fitness test.One study compared participants in a standard Basic Combat Training program with those in a modified Physical Readiness Training program. The PRT had less emphasis on running and incorporated a wider variety of exercises – as well as techniques to reduce injury and improve overall fitness. Participants in the PRT group were found to have less risk of overuse injuries and were more likely to pass the Army Physical Fitness test the first time than those who completed the Basic Combat Training program.Strength and conditioning professionals – like CSCSs – have also helped Special Forces teams to physically prepare for tactical challenges by creating task-specific training programs. The Special Operations Command Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) program that was adopted by the Special Operations Community. Focusing on methods that educate, train, and enhance the physical development of soldiers, THOR3 laid out specific steps to prepare specials ops troops for physically-demanding action.In addition to providing benefits for soldier readiness, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists are instrumental in soldier rehabilitation. CSCSs analyze existing military training exercise programs and make adjustments both to prevent injury from occurring and to accommodate military personnel who’ve already been injured. For example, a CSCS examined a wide range of shoulder exercises and identified which were mostly to result in injury – and then created a military training program specifically designed to avoid shoulder injury from resistance training. CSCSs also help to develop ergonomically-designed programs to recover from musculoskeletal disorders caused by overuse, including:
Working with a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is a great way to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. Your CSCS will become an integral part of your physical education training team, crafting and implementing a strength and conditioning program designed specifically for your personnel that includes individual rehabilitation plans. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists also help to educate personnel on nutrition, sleep, supplementation, and recovery. Additional contributions from your CSCS may include:
- foot injuries from marching
- stress fractures from training
- chronic low back pain from heavy lifting
- rotator cuff injuries and tears
- and more
Strive works only with fully-qualified and highly-trained Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists. Each member of our team has earned a bachelor’s degree in a health-and fitness-related field and has also received a certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Most are also certified as a Sports Performance Coach or as a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach. Every CSCS on our team maintains current CPR and AED certifications.In addition to these rigorous education and certification standards, Strive CSCS trainers also demonstrate a high level of experience in the field. Each one has managed or overseen a strength and conditioning team and has experience training others in the field.When you hire a CSCS from Strive, we’ll help you to design a program that incorporates a range of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists Services. Your CSCS can create sport-specific testing sessions, safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, nutrition and injury prevention guidance, and consultations with and referrals to other medical professionals when necessary.Strive operates nationwide, so you can implement CSCS services at training facilities anywhere in the country. Your assigned project manager will coordinate the details, hiring pre-screened Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, minimizing program administration, and simplifying billing with one comprehensive invoice.
- analyzing posture and biomechanics to identify movement patterns and other factors that may lead to injury
- creating and implementing weight training and conditioning classes to improve fitness and reduce injury
- administering and evaluating initial fitness assessments
- performing therapeutic taping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques when needed
- educating and guiding personnel on ways to prevent injury and improving stamina and performance
- evaluating the knowledge, skills, and efficacy of brigade and battalion Master Fitness Trainers, appointed Unit Fitness NCOs, exercise leaders, and instructor trainers
- assisting with the development of optimized PRT programs for unit training
- collaborating with trainers and physical therapists to assist with the treatment and prevention of injuries
- developing reconditioning programs with rehab professionals to efficiently transition injured personnel back into active duty
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