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NUTRITION: 3 Reasons why you should dine with others

Frequently eating at a table for one? Whether it’s joining your family for dinner, or pulling up a chair next to a co-worker in the breakroom, eating your meals with others has positive benefits.

Columbia University researchers found that kids who share family dinners three or more times per week are more likely to eat healthier, perform higher academically, and have better relationships with their parents. And it’s not just for families. Employees who share communal lunches tend to have higher productivity, according to Cornell University.

1. Connections Strengthen.

It’s not all macronutrients, micronutrients, calories, and nutrition labels. Feeding your soul is part of a healthy lifestyle, and that means eating delicious food with people you care for.

Food brings people together, and that’s healthy. Dining together establishes a feeling of community and connectedness, which research shows is good for your overall well-being. Sure, this may also occasionally lead to eating more than you planned or eating unbalanced meals, but it’s worth it.

2. Eating becomes purposeful and personal.

Skipped lunch? Cup of Joe on the go? If this is your regular routine, you’re missing out. Eating with purpose is about coming to the table and nourishing your mind, body, and spirit.

When you spend your meals with others, you’re encouraged to be intentional with your food choices and savor every morsel and moment you share with others. It’s also a great chance to share your favorite foods and explore new avenues of flavor recommended by others.

3. Life tastes (and smells) sweeter.

From the smell of something delicious baking in the oven to the satisfying crunch of crisp vegetables, food reminds us to reflect, look forward, and relish the here and now. Don’t stress about eating perfectly all the time. Instead, choose foods that celebrate memories, enhance experiences, and bring people together.

The sooner you get away from the idea that dieting is about perfection or requires depriving your body, the more equipped you’ll be to make healthy eating a natural part of your life — and look at it as a chance to sit down and have a meaningful conversation with someone you care about.

Three keys to success:

1. Try new things. Go on food adventures. Explore, experiment, and discover.

2. Raise a glass (wine or fruit juice, your choice!). There’s always a reason to celebrate. Find yours.

3. Savor good times. Let food remind you of special occasions, people, or places.

MINDSET: Play on! It’s good for your mindset.

Picture this: a football flying as a kid dives in the mud for a touchdown — score! Kids crawling up and down the jungle gym, flinging themselves from bar to bar, hanging upside down, or whatever else pops into their heads. They move with creativity and ease.

This integral part of childhood is what we often lose as recess and neighborhood kickball games give way to quarterly sales meetings, commutes, and responsibilities at home. Here’s how you can recapture your carefree days (and why your brain will thank you for it).

The power of play

Whether it’s your workout or your daily life, you need the unstructured fun of play.

When you’re laughing and playing, your body releases endorphins, or feel-good hormones, which can help relieve stress. And it’s not just horsing around. Research has shown that completing puzzles, playing chess, or doing other brain-bending, playful activities can improve brain function and memory.

These playful interactions with family and friends can also help overall mindset. A study in the journal Leisure Sciences found that highly playful young adults (those who rated themselves as being spontaneous or energetic) reported less stress and better coping skills.

How to fit play into your day

Our body, along with our mind, craves novelty. Variety could be key when it comes to overall enjoyment and satisfaction of physical activity. Play is one way to do that. Try adding these activities to your week for some fun.

  • Bring a ball or frisbee to a playground as a family with a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon of fun.
  • Play a game of two-hand touch football with the parents and kids in your neighborhood.
  • Take a dance class with a group of friends.
  • Take the entire family to a ninja warrior training gym and learn some new ways to overcome obstacles.
  • Sign up for a mud-run with the whole family and give your training and exercise some variety.

RECOVERY: Discover the power of napping

Let’s be honest. Getting the recommended amount of sleep every night is difficult. Between tackling late-night emails, trying to finish our to-do list, or scrolling through social media, we’re often too distracted at night to hit the sack.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, almost half of all Americans say they feel sleepy during the day between three and seven days per week. And 35.2% of all adults in the U.S. report sleeping on average for less than seven hours per night. All those nights of missed sleep have a negative effect over time. So what can you do?

One solution: The power nap.

While you can’t totally make up for lost sleep with a nap, it’s an excellent way to quickly decrease the symptoms of sleep deprivation.

Research has shown that the restorative effects of a short nap apply after a normal night’s sleep, after a restricted night’s sleep, and even during 64 hours of continuous work. So everyone can benefit, no matter how you slept last night. What’s more, taking a brief break and clearing your mind has been shown to greatly enhance your creativity later in the day.

Nap strategies

Now that you know naps aren’t just for toddlers, use these seven tips to get a better power nap:

1. Limit your nap to 20 minutes or less. 

Longer naps tend to create sleep inertia (a period of lethargy, poor mood, and decreased alertness following the nap) and to reduce the effectiveness of evening sleeping, where the deeper stages of sleep occur.

2. Choose the right time. 

The effectiveness of napping is increased when it is performed during the time of the lowest dips in your circadian rhythms. Although everyone is different, this is usually between 2-3 p.m.

3. Avoid getting in bed. 

Snuggling up in your cozy bed will make it harder for you to limit your nap to the recommended 20 minutes, plus you may start to associate your bed with napping instead of sleeping at night.

4. Relax. 

Don’t worry if you don’t fall asleep. Just closing your eyes and relaxing will be refreshing. Practice clearing your thoughts and focusing on your breathing.

5. Make a pit stop. 

Urinate before you settle in. Sounds crazy, but it helps you get comfortable and avoid distractions while you rest.

6. Find a quiet place. 

Find a quiet, dark place and close the door so you won’t be disturbed. Listen to some quiet, relaxing music or white noise to drown out the outside world.

7. Limit distractions. 

Put a meeting on your calendar so you won’t be bothered and silence your phone. And set a timer so you don’t stress about oversleeping.

MOVEMENT: 5 Perks of embracing the great outdoors

Taking full advantage of available nature options is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and get moving in a new environment. You might find a sense of adventure, or just engage your mind by providing new stimuli. The biggest benefit of getting outside might just be a break from the four walls of your house. Even if that’s true, here are six other perks.

1. New challenges

An outdoor workout provides a tangible goal for some new motivation. If you were only able to make it a quarter of the way up a steep hike, for example, make a goal to try again next month after stepping up your training. Keeping that hike in mind might help you get up earlier to train, make the right food choice, or just be more excited about your workout.

2. Improved focus

Doing the same workout in the same surroundings makes it easy for your brain to tune out and run on autopilot. Outdoor exercise can present your mind with new challenges. For example, on a trail run or hike, you have to keep watch on your footing and meter your breathing. That leaves little room for your mind to wander and forces you to stay in the present moment.

3. Disconnecting from a busy world

If you’re looking for mental recovery, being outdoors has proven rejuvenating benefits. The Japanese concept of “forest bathing” has been shown to help people disconnect from the busy world and reconnect with nature.

Distancing from man-made bustle naturally calms the body — slowing your heart rate and decreasing oxidative stress, which in turn helps improve inflammation and improve immunity. As little as 20 minutes with less noise and more plants and wildlife can help you reap the benefits.

4. Fresh workouts

Getting outside can help you break out of your at-home workout rut. Try to create balance with a variety of activities. For something new, try some of these suggestions:

  • Explore your neighborhood on foot.
  • Create an obstacle course in your backyard.
  • Try some sports performance drills at your local park.
  • Pull your bike out of the garage and see where the road takes you.
  • Find a local trail and meet up to hike with friends.

5. Workday breaks

Feeling burned out by your workload? The answer may be just outside your door. One study found that a short bout of low-intensity exercise, like a walk or climbing some stairs, is more effective than a shot of espresso. So consider that the next time you’re fighting the afternoon fog.

Or if your schedule is too packed to fit in an outdoor break, call into your next meeting on your phone instead of your computer and take a walk around the block. The change of environment might be just the breakthrough you need.

NUTRITION: Up your snack game with mini-meals

What drives you to reach for a snack? It might be to satisfy a sweet or salty craving, boredom, to relieve hunger, availability of food, or even to help cope with emotions. Why you want a snack can heavily influence what you choose to snack on.

Well-balanced, nutrient-dense snacks help stabilize energy, reduce feelings of fatigue, and improve mood. Here’s how to optimize these fueling opportunities with great choices, so you can reap the benefits of snacks.

Reframe snacking

Your eating habits between standard meal times may be directly influenced by how you perceive these informal eating occasions. Recent research has identified that the word snack is associated with overeating in terms of the amount of food, sweets, and calories. By mentally reframing snacks as mini-meals, you might find it more natural for you to reach for better fueling options.

Balancing your mini-meals

A mini-meal should have four key components: carbs, protein, fat, and produce. The main goal: combine fiber with food that will keep you satiated and your energy stable.

  • Quality carbohydrates are critical for providing energy to your body and brain. Opt for oats, granola, air-popped popcorn, wheat crackers, or minimally processed energy bars.
  • Lean proteins build muscle tissue, support your immune system, and help you feel satiated. Grab tuna, hard-boiled eggs, jerky, Greek yogurt, beans and nuts, or cottage cheese.
  • Healthy fats stabilize energy, create the feeling of fullness, support the inflammatory process, and boost brain health. Choose nuts, seeds, avocado, or nut butter.
  • Colorful fruits and veggies provide nutrients that help repair the body and prevent illness. Try celery, carrots, broccoli, snap peas, whole fruit, berries, or herbs and spices like cinnamon, ginger, and garlic.

Mini-meal strategies

How you fuel throughout the day is influenced by a number of factors. So it’s no surprise that your mini-meals may vary. Take a moment to think through what affects your habits.

  • Preferences: Nutritious mini-meals can still include foods that are enjoyable to you.
  • Schedule: Set aside time during the day to prep and eat your mini-meal.
  • Ability: Whether you’re a home chef or a novice in the kitchen, stick to what you’re comfortable with.
  • Family: Make the same snack for everyone in your family and pack for school, work, or home.
  • Exercise: Think about how you need to plan your mini-meals around exercise to ensure you have enough energy to get through your workouts and nutrients to recover.

MINDSET: 5 Principles of mindfulness

Mindfulness is about both being reflective and fully experiencing the fluctuation of mental states.  It evolved from Buddhist tradition and was once widely practiced, but it’s given way to busy schedules, long workdays, and social obligations. 

The good news: Being present is natural to humans. We’ve simply gotten away from practicing it. You can reclaim that power with these 5 steps to mindfulness.

1. Pause and listen

Pausing and listening are the initial steps to awareness. In a fast-paced world where quantity is valued over quality, we’re forced to be ahead of the game. While we might be leading the pack in our jobs or socially, we’re being limited in our ability to be present and listen to the meaning behind our actions and words. The problem: We bypass the ability to truly connect with people and situations. As you build awareness of yourself and others, you’ll become more sensitive, which is essential for connection.

2. Find your center

Life can feel like a hurricane. Instead of getting swept up in the chaos, centering yourself can help you remain calm and in control of yourself, especially in times of challenge. Think of it as your anchor, your place to find peace and comfort.

3. Set your intention

When you’re a fast-acting multitasker, your mind can become invaded by the thoughts and responsibilities you’re trying to keep track of. While these goals are important to keep organized, you can deal with the onslaught of to-dos by zoning in on a point of focus. Do this by setting your intention each morning and staying mindful of what matters most that day.

4. Think, speak, and act with purpose

Mindfulness doesn’t do you any good if you’re only practicing it behind closed doors. What matters is how you apply these practices to your daily life. Ingraining these principles into your life will help you face unexpected stress with more ease. So put it into action.

5. Take time to reflect and assimilate

Self-reflection is critical to mindfulness. That’s why the final principle of mindfulness is to reflect and assimilate. If you don’t take the time to reflect and assimilate, your brain won’t absorb the new information and can easily divert back to old habits, and you’ll miss out on the opportunity to truly experience transformation in your life.

Exos leads “new” functional performance focus

Exos recently made the news for its forward-thinking functional performance leadership within the fitness industry. Bloomberg published this article focusing on the benefits of “prehab,” movements that warm the body to prevent injury and support functional movement.

A Functional Movement “Aha” Moment

The Bloomberg article addressed the sudden influx of movement-related injuries and strain that the pandemic brought about. As more people worked from home and worked out at home, they found themselves battling pain and movement issues.

Now the idea of preventing those issues through a whole-person approach to performance is not only an Exos focus.

“It’s an idea whose time has come for the industry, but it’s not a new approach for Exos,” explained Jeff DiBiaso, Exos Vice President for Community Operations. “Our clients appreciate our focus on a holistic approach to movement. We move all day, every day, and our bodies need to be able to perform those movements efficiently.”

“That’s the essence of human performance, and it’s what we provide for everyone.”

Functional Performance for Everyone

In addition to providing training for elite professional athletes and teams, Exos manages sports performance training centers, community fitness centers, and physical therapy practices across the U.S. At every site, the focus on functional movement and injury prevention informs the movement plans Exos coaches and trainers provide for their clients.

Exos has developed a proven approach to improving human performance through four holistic pillars: mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery. By starting every training or therapy relationship with an individual assessment that addresses the four pillars and several functional movement screenings, Exos coaches and therapists are able to identify disordered movement patterns that contribute to current and potential issues with pain and injury.

Welcome to What Works

Using this approach has helped Exos clients break cycles of chronic pain and reoccuring injury by solving the movement problem at its root cause. What’s even better is that Exos has been treating and preventing injuries this way for more than two decades.

Learn more about this iterative approach to holistic human performance and see why Exos best practices are becoming fitness industry best practices.

Making athletic performance an accessible goal for all

The Exos athletic performance focus is all about removing barriers to fitness self-actualization. For everyone.

Monument Health Sports Performance Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota, serves as a model for the future of human athletic performance training. Senior General Manager Sam Linart says the facility’s Launch Program is changing lives for the better – for good.

“Our Launch members may never have considered themselves athletes before,” Linart explained. “Or maybe they’re people who loved the gym at one time, but felt like they had to get in shape to get back to the gym.”

“Launch is for everyone, and the community response has been incredible.”

Launch makes fitness training accessible

Mike Latour, System Director of Musculoskeletal Services and Sports Medicine for Monument Health, said the initial goal with Launch was to provide a vehicle for integrating lifestyle medicine for Monument Health patients referred by their doctors and therapists.

“Launch members are coming back to the gym after a long time, or they may not have any fitness training experience,” Latour said. “They enter the program after being referred by physical therapists, physicians, or other members.”

“They stay because they can see and feel the results.”

With a huge and growing adult training population, Monument Health SPI has built a successful retention program focusing on providing a continuum of care that’s fully integrated with Monument Health medical care.

It’s more than personal training

“Launch is there for anyone,” Linart explained. “A typical workout incorporates body weight and light-weight movements for about 30 minutes in a small-group, coach-led session. It feels like personal training, but there’s an element of community camaraderie that’s essential to keeping members engaged.”

Launch participants are introduced to the full complement of Exos methodology, a little at a time. Coaches focus on teaching mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery pillars in a way that’s immediately applicable to members.

“The classes focus on movement quality while building strength and cardiovascular health,” Linart continued. “While all four pillars play a role in the Launch program, the biggest take-away for most members is the mindset part. Their mindset shifts, they find their confidence, and believe in themselves, and they begin to see that they are capable of so much more than what they originally set out to accomplish walking through the doors.”

That’s why the Monument Health SPI program continues to grow.

Launching a Revolution at Monument Health

Monument members are able to take advantage of personal health coaching at any time during their Launch experience by signing up for Revolution.

The Revolution Program began as a 12-week virtual “conversation” about topics such as meal prep and building healthy habits. It’s now an in-person lifestyle discussion centered around building healthy habits.

Linart explained that a member might spend 3 months to a year in the Launch program, while Revolution is 3 months focused on behavior change. It can be combined with a training program to incorporate the movement pillar and, gradually, more challenging athletic performance training classes.

Both offerings are designed to remove barriers to entry for anyone interested in better overall health.

“Members move through Launch at their own pace,” Linart explained. “They work on building confidence and fitness, then move to Bridge or Return to Play, then adult performance training classes.”

Launch and Revolution membership continue to grow. With many people looking to re-engage in healthy habits they started – then lost – during the pandemic lock-downs, Linart says she doesn’t expect the hybrid introductory programs to be a passing phase. In fact, they’ve become a model for building community and engagement at similar Exos managed performance training sites.

“We currently serve 270 active adult performance members, and more than 45 youth and high school members,” she continued. “This is such a unique community, and the coaches really enjoy helping members achieve small victories and daily progress.”

“That’s what human performance is all about – getting better every day.”

About Monument Health Sports Performance

The Monument Health Sports Performance Institute teaches athletes, first responders, and community members behavioral health and lifestyle medicine. Exos Coaches and a Performance Dietitian offer individual and group training for members of all ages and physical abilities. Exos provides business consulting, staffing, membership, maintenance, community outreach, and ad hoc marketing support for the Monument Health System.

Learn more about Exos facility management and consulting services to see what a welcoming, accessible sports performance training program can do for your fitness facility and community.

Exos: Where human performance is for everyone

How Exos is taking this long-held belief, new insights, and an invigorated message to the world

By Jeff DiBiaso

Over the past 20 years, Exos has worked alongside some of the best athletes and teams in the world. This is our legacy.

What you might not know is that Exos has been bringing this same training behind the scenes to physical therapy patients, members at community centers, and employees at Fortune 100 companies. And now we want to move that front-of-scene.

So in late 2021 we unveiled the new Exos brand. Our goal: Bring Exos’ experience and insight to everyone, including you. After all, human performance is for everyone.

Here’s how we’re bringing this message and experience to the world.

1. Redefining how we talk about human performance

We’re still Exos. That will never change. But with our new brand, we’re redefining how we talk about human performance. As Exos has grown into the go-to training resource for the pros, performance training has naturally been elevated to elite-athlete status.

And elite athletes should expect elite training. But so should everyone else.

Our coaches recognize that there’s an athlete in everyone, and it’s one of the many reasons we believe in the four pillars of human performance: mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery.

2. Sharing our four-pillar approach to human performance

Our four-pillar approach was designed using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which categorized human needs in order of importance. First up, physiological needs and safety. After that, love and belonging and esteem. Lastly, self-actualization.

Our cyclical approach helps fulfill these needs, leading to a better, stronger human.

  • Mindset
    Mindset impacts every aspect of life. At Exos we recognize that human performance limits are typically self-imposed, and through education and motivation our coaches can help break down barriers to physical improvement. With the right mindset, each person can reach higher than ever before.

  • Nutrition
    Nutrition is one of the most basic human needs. And the brain and body requires the right fuel to perform its best. Exos coaches share how nutrition impacts performance and help implement small changes that can ladder up to any goal. This goes hand-in-hand with nutrition, as positive lifestyle change leads to improved performance.

  • Movement
    Mindset and nutrition build a foundation for movement. And Exos coaches understand the importance of functional movement and injury risk reduction for better overall performance. This shows up in how they explain the principles of movement and improve movement through purposeful, progressive training.

  • Recovery
    Optimal human performance requires recovery. With quality sleep and muscle recovery, new levels of performance can be achieved. Our coaches recognize that recovery is equally as important as mindset, nutrition, and movement.

Our holistic approach hasn’t changed, it’s just evolved with research, insights, experience, and a more intentional focus.  

3. Emphasizing self-actualization

Together the four pillars of human performance are the secret to self-actualization. Exos sees the hero that exists in every human, and we strive to help others achieve their full potential.

So now more than ever, whether you’re running a business, working on feeling better day to day, or looking to improve the health and performance of your local community, Exos is here for you. And our coaches are ready to champion anyone who’s looking for more. 

Our message to the world: We’re here. When you’re ready, so are we. #ExosReady

To learn more about Exos services, visit teamexos.com or contact us to start a conversation.

Exos Physical Therapy integrates behavioral health with re-injury prevention

When Katie Redmond* found herself battling chronic knee pain, her primary doctor recommended physical therapy. A quick search of her options turned up a nearby Exos Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine clinic. Having some familiarity with the Exos whole-person approach to performance due to her work in the fitness industry, she signed up.

“My biggest concern was getting back to normal,” Redmond said, admitting that she wasn’t keen on rearranging her daily work and family obligations for PT. “I knew something had to give, though. I was ready to do whatever it took to feel normal again.”

Building a workable therapy plan

What struck Redmond at her first appointment was the detail with which the therapist addressed all forms of movement. Using a proprietary Exos intake process, the physical therapist worked with Redmond to assess the health and range of motion of all her joints – including everything from her ankles to her thoracic spine and how they worked independently and in concert with other joints – in just 20 minutes.

“It really was phenomenal,” Redmond recalled. “I remember thinking that I should maybe point out it was my knee that hurt, but I was curious about what he would find with the assessment.”

Her patience and curiosity paid off. Through an interactive combination of Functional Movement Screening, traditional orthopedic tests, and the 21-step Exos Pillar Pre-Requisite Assessment, Redmond said her therapist found some movement restrictions in her hip and spine that were contributing to her nagging, recurrent knee pain issue.

“He explained everything so well that it made perfect sense,” she said. “In that first session, I learned a set of exercises I could do at home to improve the way I move so that my knee could get some relief. We talked about nutrition and my therapist gave me some great tips for working my PT exercises into my daily schedule. I thought, ‘I can do that!’”

Within just a few days of starting her at-home exercises, Redmond said she could tell her back and hips were moving better. Within the first two weeks, and with check-ins with her therapist on video and in person, she said the knee pain began to lessen. As a team, she and her therapist, physician, and dietitian adjusted her treatment plan to account for her increased mobility to incorporate some strength and stability components.

Three months after that unique first visit, Redmond says she’s confident that her knee issue is a thing of the past.

“Now that I understand what I need to do to move my whole body more efficiently, it’s pretty simple,” she explained. “My knee pain is almost completely gone, and I’ve started the transition to a performance training program to focus on strength and functional movement. I was pretty skeptical of PT overall, but this experience has been different than what I expected. I feel great.”

Positive clinical outcomes begin with a different approach

Redmond’s experience isn’t unique among Exos Physical Therapy patients. Exos Director of Rehabilitation Jim Godin says it all starts with that first visit Pillar Pre-Requisite Assessment.

“Exos has a system in place that allows us to objectively assess each client’s movement, both from a global view as well as from a smaller, more segmental view,” Godin said. He also emphasized that the Exos approach to physical therapy is to focus on the root cause of injury rather than becoming fixated on the painful structure, such as a patellar tendon. Digging deeper during the assessment and identifying both the root cause of the pain as well as the actual painful tissue(s) or joint(s), a clinical team can work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan along with the patient’s physician, nutritionist, and performance coach.

“It’s an integrative and long-term approach to physical therapy that sets the Exos Physical Therapy philosophy apart,” Godin said. “You might expect that, when you go to physical therapy for knee pain, the therapist will just give you a bunch of ‘knee exercises’ or perform treatment only local to the knee. The Exos approach attacks the root cause(s) of the pain using manual techniques, corrective exercises, and various loading strategies at the hip, ankle, or spine (possibly all of the above) while simultaneously addressing any local joints or tissues that are painful.”

“In general, pain is a great ‘check engine light’ as it allows us to dig deeper into a person’s movement strategies while we rid them of their current pain symptoms quickly. This clears up what’s causing the source of pain so the patient experiences relief and doesn’t get injured again in the future.”

What the Pillar Pre-Requisite Assessment provides

Exos Physical Therapists developed the Pillar Pre-Requisite Assessment to provide consistency at each initial therapy visit with a focus on whole-person movement health. Using the tool, a physical therapist can analyze a patient’s quality of movement, then follow a logical approach to treatment that addresses the patient’s lifestyle and overall health.

“Movement quality impacts sports and performance in everyday life,” Godin said. “For Exos clientele, performance needs range from running a 40-yard dash at an NFL Combine to a mother being able to pick up her child.”

Despite that wide range of physical activity and goals, Godin said the Pillar Pre-Requisite Assessment is applicable to every unique patient, and that the end goal is always the same.

“This tool is universally applicable to all patients,” Godin said. “We want to make sure they can absorb force and propel force while minimizing any energy leaks, and the assessment tool helps us avoid missing anything that could potentially positively or negatively impact their ability to do so pain free”. 

“Using this systematic approach, we are able to differentiate whether it is a tissue or joint that is restricted or if there is a sneaky, underlying inability for the person to actively control their available range of motion, which we term a ‘neuromuscular control’ issue,” he continued. “The results allow us to be more targeted in our treatments and, at the same time, create a theme to follow throughout the plan of care with specific exercises and complementary manual therapy techniques to improve a patient’s movement. We want to respect our clients’ time by being very specific and intentional with all of our rehabilitation strategies.”

A focus on getting back to better-than-normal

Some Exos Physical Therapy clients include professional athletes, first responders, and military special forces personnel. Godin emphasized that developing the Pillar Pre-Requisite Assessment to serve those highly physical individuals has only made it more useful for everyone, at every stage of treatment.

“We use the tool to assess, reassess, and then transition the patient back to their workplace, whether that be the battlefield, the streets, or the boardroom,” he said. “This approach allows us to create a plan of care that seamlessly transitions clients from their injured state all the way back to full performance.”

And, true to the Exos focus on healthy lifestyle and performance, Godin said the team-based integrative therapy approach addresses lifestyle improvements through patient education to improve outcomes.

“We connect all the dots and explain what we’ve found in the assessment so the patient understands why they’re experiencing pain. That creates a level of autonomy that enhances patient compliance so they continue the PT work at home.”

“We give our patients tools for personal wellness and autonomy. It’s a behavior upgrade model that creates healthy habits.”

Post-therapy return to training, made easier

The Exos Physical Therapy rehabilitation approach to lifestyle improvement was built upon the company’s foundational human performance training, so it’s no surprise that the Pillar Pre-Requisite Assessment and Exos PT treatment plans make sense to athletic trainers and coaches.

“Our rehabilitation system is based on absorbing force and propelling force, and we break down those movements to make sure each patient is ready to train using that reciprocal process,” Godin said. “Coaches speak our language, and we work with them to clearly indicate where their clients are so they can manage loads and intensity and get their clients back to preparing for their upcoming season or event.”

That bridge between rehabilitation and performance may look different for each therapy client, but what doesn’t change, Godin explained, is the proven process used to get them there. 

“Exos Physical Therapists can provide return-to-sport rehabilitation, injury prevention strategies, and return-to-occupation rehabilitation, as well as more traditional outpatient orthopedic therapies while working in collaboration with an extensive network of researchers, industry professionals, and partners,” he said. “We do this within a model that allows our therapists to learn about the various aspects of the client’s life so they can design a sustainable plan that fits their goals and lifestyle.” 

“The client gets just the right combination of education, manual therapy, exercise, and movement strategy while the clinician continuously refines and optimizes the plan,” Godin said. “We set them up to succeed, and that’s what it’s all about…ensuring a positive outcome for each individual.”

Learn more about Exos Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine’s approach to long-term patient wellness outcomes and Practice Management Services. Contact us today to learn how Exos Consulting can help your practice reach more patients, focus on proactive injury prevention, and speed recovery through a proven, integrative approach to human performance training.

*Patient name and certain details have been changed to protect the patient’s privacy.