Law enforcement, security personnel, and fire fighters have unique needs when it comes to rehabilitation and I’m fortunate to work in a facility that serves this population regularly. We’ve seen police officers, fire fighters, private security detail, and our “claims to fame” include a billionaire body guard and a national security agent. The level of physical readiness this population needs is very different than even an elite athlete. Treating these patients challenges the norm in terms of planning a rehabilitation program.
We have strength coaches, physical therapists, and Athletic Trainers that work together to develop some effective programs for these guys. Working together they’re able to combine the best in functional training using things like tractor tires, kettle bells, sandbags, training ropes, cable systems, TRX suspension systems, etc., with sports medicine rehabilitation principles. The result is successful return to the activities this group needs to be able to do on the job including hand to hand combat, restraining and moving heavy loads, and endurance based activities.
Some of the experts in the field we rely on include Gray Cook, Alwyn Cosgrove, and a host of other professionals who view rehabilitation and training with like minded approaches. These same influences also drive what we do with athletes in sports performance, adults who train for fitness events, and our general therapy patients.
Working with police, fire and security personnel is very rewarding. We all love working with highly motivated athletes, and this group is no exception.
Written By: Danielle Kleber, ATC