Effectively and efficiently returning from injury can be a challenge. For the patient, the concern as to whether they will be able to return to full function and how long that takes looms heavily in their minds. We have all heard about the athlete who sustains an injury, rehabs, and comes back only to injure something else that was related but not involved (or perhaps didn’t seem to be involved).
Every athlete wants the edge on the competition. One way to do that is to keep from getting hurt in the first place as well as to come back faster if an injury does occur. Nothing inhibits or decreases athletic performance faster than injury. Think about it this way, if an athlete is injured, he or she not only has to sit out and heal, but they are also NOT training for improved performance.
Knowledgeable rehabilitation professionals know that just because an injury occurs in one area, the CAUSE of the injury may be elsewhere. This is exactly what the current research is showing in the area of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Core strength and stability and hip strength and control are VERY important in keeping the knee out of bad positions that lead to injuries.
So what does all this have to do with the PowerVertex? Since sports movements occur in all directions and various speeds and in a multitude of body positions, training and retraining the body for that variety is not just cool, it is ESSENTIAL. Imagine if an athlete coming back to the soccer field after a sprained ankle only ever ran forward before going back into the game? Of course, they would be in danger of spraining the ankle again because the body was not retrained to move in all directions. The PowerVertex allows for movements of training and rehabilitation to occur in any motion and with any level of resistance needed. It is also possible to perform exercises with the body in any desired position. This includes standing, lying down, sitting, or on a balance device.
No other piece of rehab equipment can be used to treat more injuries through the entire continuum of healing and return to normal function than the PowerVertex!
What is so great about the type of resistance and variability in body positions? Aren’t the normal positions sufficient? Simply…No! Using the core muscles of the body to maintain stability and balance is what they were made to do. Lack of stability in the trunk in a standing position can limit function of the arms or legs when resistance is added. There is an old saying, “You can’t shoot a cannon out of a canoe.” Think about that for a second. Whenever the arms or legs push with any resistance, the core muscles have to keep the body still. The more resistance applied by the arms or legs, the greater the need for core stability and strength.
Training the body to do this is a progressive process and needs specific training. That is EXACTLY what the PowerVertex does. Any muscle group or movement can be trained with progressive resistance while STILL adding the core demands described above.
The PowerVertex is the perfect rehabilitation equipment because:
- Allows for Progressive Resistance from very low to very high through the use of Rhino Cords.
- It is easy and fast to change resistance and exercises.
- Takes up very little space in the rehabilitation facility.
- Patients can progress from rehabilitation to performance enhancement exercises on the same machine with slight variations in angle of pull or resistance.
- It is cost effective due to the replacement of the need for multiple other pieces of equipment.
- It can be used for rehabilitation AND performance enhancement AND fitness AND functional training ALL at the same time with different patients.
In short, the possibilities in versatility of this equipment are limited only by the instructor’s imagination. It seems like the only thing it cannot do is to perform the exercises for the patient!