OptoJump and OptoGait: 2 best tools for injury prevention
Have you ever felt you were getting sick and ran to the medicine cabinet to take all of those remedies you (sort-of) believe in? Miracle workers such as Echinacea? Vitamin C and Zinc? Airborne? Soup and soda? The point is, you know your body enough to take some preventative measures to keep yourself from getting to that bed-ridden state. Now if only your sinuses were equipped with Google Analytics, you could have had a little red flag delivered to your inbox with some special instructions on beating that cold before it ever has a chance.
We may not have a tool for that yet, but we do have some amazing options for understanding how your body moves. So instead of treating cold remedies, we deal with injury prevention. Using OptoJump or OptoGait to regularly test your mobility, you might not have to feel a change to know that one is occurring.
Say you’re a mailman. Your days are spent on your feet and generally carrying a heavy load. And unlike that nasal congestion that you notice the minute you wake up, the weakness in your left leg hasn’t even began to interfere with your morning. And though you stop to take vitamins and pack medicine hoping you won’t have to take a sick day tomorrow, you haven’t evaluated your physical status and your pending injury may keep you away from your job a lot longer than a day.
Depending on your body and the extent of the injury, a torn ACL can take up to a year of stress-free activity for a healthy recovery. Wouldn’t it be nice to do a few exercises in the morning and just check your unique analytics and make sure your prepared for the day? With OptoJump and OptoGait, you can!
Test the functionality of your body by testing things like gait to make sure you’re walking symmetrically or at least as you normally do. Test the power differential from of one leg to the other or your performance under high stress to understand how your body reacts to fatigue. And with regularity in testing we can trend your performance and give you averages based on your own abilities to help you gauge how to train or when to recover. Understand how you perform in the morning or after going to the gym. Our software provides those magical red flags that can help you make informed decisions about your body and even prevent injuries.
Here at OptoSource, we help evaluate the basic functionality of your body. We call it the 4Pillars, where we monitor balance, power, rhythm and speed of the body through common exercises like the squat jump over a period of time and provide analytics unique to your body.