Human Performance Optimization: Performance, Injury Resistance, and Rehab
Section: Federal PT Section
Session Code: FD-2C-8431
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 12,13
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic
Much time, money, and effort has been invested in improving physical performance and reducing musculoskeletal injuries within the United States military. Multiple human performance and injury prevention programs have been developed across all of the services within the Department of Defense, particularly among special operations forces. Within the past few years there has been greater high-level support for human performance and enhanced rehabilitation efforts among the larger elements of the armed forces, beyond special operations. The push for less injured and better performing soldiers has led the Army to seek ways to model health and human performance programs after those used with traditional athletes. Viewing soldiers as tactical athletes has led to many positive health and performance programs for service members. This course will discuss the evolution of human performance and injury reduction programs within the Army and how these programs are being scaled to address the needs of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Physical therapists are an integral part of the human performance team and often tasked with leading roles in human performance optimization (HPO) programs for military tactical athletes. Improving health and job performance by facilitating a healthier lifestyle, improving training and facilities, and providing a larger spectrum of rehabilitative and preventative care improves performance for all tactical occupations.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Identify the physical, mental, and health challenges related to the occupational performance of military tactical athletes.
2. Recognize the goals of human performance optimization (HPO) as it relates to tactical athletes' occupational performance and reduction of lost duty time due to injury.
3. Describe the challenges of implementing programs within large populations that may be as large as thousands of individuals.
4. Recognize the different stakeholders (eg, organizational leaders, personnel, performance and health care professionals, etc) for HPO programs for tactical athletes, and how definitions of program success may vary between them.
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