The Fit Responder Program will reduce the RATE & SEVERITY of Injury while reducing your OSHA recordable lost work days. Your employees WILL get injured LESS and be at work healthy and able MORE!
What is the Fit
A: The fit responder program focuses on the 3 keys to
injury prevention. Mechanical Stability; Soft tissue Mobility; Adequate Flexibility. By creating
body that is able to function without faulty movement patterns and possessing the
ability to ‘stiffen’ the core efficiently we are able to field a healthy and productive
employee. Without the SMF principle the employee
is still at risk for injury. Teaching
employees how to “integrate health and wellness” into their shift/lives we are
able to reduce injury, obesity, disease processes and reduce stress.
Why is the Fit
Responder Program Different?
A: Bryan brings credibility to the program
through his vast clinical expertise and as a paramedic he is able to ‘get
through’. By focusing on straight
forward techniques that the employee can integrate into their normal behavior
we can elicit change in behavior while not encountering resistance from
excessive change. Each department or
company can appoint select personnel to learn and teach all the techniques in the program during a 6 hour class
(train the trainer).
What can an
employer expect from the Fit Responder?
A:One of the caveats of the
command system is that employees already look to supervisors and senior
officers for guidance and leadership. By
tapping into this system and having the leadership within an
and champion the techniques taught to the crews we are able to achieve
behavioral modification. It's when the SMF principle is reinforced real
time on the street and in the office that injuries begin to drop.
Why is the
Functional Movement Analysis so important?
A: By having a clear, objective
and validated system in place to assess, track and re-assess an employee’s
injury potential yearly. As assessment ‘red
flags’ occur the employee is given ‘corrective actions’ to restore normal
movement thus reducing injury risk. It
also allows the employer to re-screen any employee returning to work
injury giving an objective yes/no for a safe return to work. Not a job
specif test, the FMA can not be 'trained for' prior to testing giving
the employer and employee a strong indicator of their mechanical
abilities. Couple the FMA with a job specific test and you will field
healthy, strong, fit employees able to perform their job safely.
What is my return
A: While always difficult to quantify the Fit Responder is
a pay it forward system. An employer can
expect to see up to a 42% reduction in soft tissue overexertion injury and up
to a 62% reduction in sick time from injury.
By focusing on keeping incumbents healthy the cost of bringing a new
employees on line to replace injured incumbents is drastically reduced.
Less injury and sick time means less overtime and reduced load on the ‘system’
thus cutting risk by reducing employee fatigue.
By eliminating 2-3% of potential new hires through Functional Movement
Analysis we are able to screen out employees that will have sustained severe
injury while on the job..
do you give?
A; Bryan presents a series of presentations, classes and key note presentations for public safety
agencies, corporations, risk managers and insurance professionals and personal
trainers. Trade shows, conferences,
meetings, focus groups, webinars are all included. Bryan has consistently been graded by
attendees at 95% and above for his presentations. As an accomplished speaker presenter and teacher Bryan is able to "get through" to employees by utilizing a simple but effective style, To learn is to know but to feel is to understand-that is how the body learns, and a little sarcastic humor never hurts either.
What can the Fit Responder Do for My EMS Department?
A: EMS is a unique animal and must be approached differently then either Fire or Law Enforcement. Medic's must be taught the proper way to lift combined with muscular counter-firing techniques, couple that with modifying how patients are moved and we are able to reduce injury. EMT's must also address the postural distortions inherent to EMS that cause injuries to occur and supervisory staff must be tapped to constantly re-enforce the principles taught. With Functional Movement Analysis tied into a yearly physical abilities test we are able to field a "fit responder" and create a culture of change and pro-active wellness.
What can the Fit Responder do for my Fire Department?
existing command structure and relying on the peer fitness trainers and/or safety officers
within the department the Fit Responder is able to teach advanced injury
prevention, ergonomics and performance enhancement techniques. Once the PFT/officer has
mastered these advanced techniques a department can expect to see up to
and over a 42% reduction in injury. Program design, Fire house gym set
up, exercise protocols and injury assessments can all be incorporated.
*Academy instructors are also included in this advanced training.
What can the Fit Responder do for my Police Department?
Once the POPAT or job specific test is complete the Fit Responder will
teach your officers how to manage stress, integrate nutrition into their
shift and how to avoid the common and unique injuries found in law
enforcement. Academy instruction and screenings, Train the Trainer courses, Tactical Fitness classes
and small group analysis
with corrective actions are all offered to the officers.
Why is the Fit Responder so Valuable to Risk Managers and Workers Compensation Specialists?
Any program that can change the behaviors of employees reduces the risk of injury. The Fit Responder takes it much further. By Utilizing existing command structure to champion and reinforce the program we are able to change the culture of any department. With expected reductions in overexertion injury over 42% and with marked increases is physical ability, flexibility, mobility and technique the Fit Responder is a win-win for any agency.
What can the fit Responder do for beverage distributors and material handlers?
Beverage and Material handling/warehouse work is strikingly similar to public safety biomechanics. Lifting, bending, reaching, pulling, pushing & maneuvering objects in difficult positions and with shifting loads follow the same patterns as what an EMT or fire fighter does. Teaching employees to how follow the S-M-F Principle while doing their job will ensure that on the job soft tissue injuries will decrease while productivity and wellness increase. By placing the body in a specific position to lift or move while 'stiffening the spine' will ensure the employee stays free of overexertion based injury.