Early on in my career as a PT, I was very eager to find success with my treatment strategies that I learned while in PT school. The process seemed simple, apply knowledge and your patients will get better. As I soon found out, it didn’t quite work out that way.
Motivated to go beyond my graduate school education and basic physical therapy protocol, I began to look for advanced techniques to try and help my increasingly more athletic clientele. I wanted to see and grasp the bigger picture of the injury process, and find out why in most cases, a diagnosis could not explain the complete mechanism of injury. As well as, my athlete’s movement patterns perpetuating their chronic repetitive injuries.
Looking outside the box gave me a new perspective when analyzing my athletes, allowing me to see movement patterns that could be clinically reasoned to be contributing to an injury, but difficult to explain. I realized that along with wanting their injury to go away, athlete’s wanted to understand and trust my clinical decision making process. They wanted proof of the mechanism of injury as much as I did. I needed a way to show my analysis made sense, and be confident in my methods.
With more and more repetition, my method of interpreting movement as a whole-body system of cause-and-effect began to emerge as a valid clinical skill. Finally, my vision of a new way to practice began focus on eliminating the causes of injury versus treating an injury manifesting as an effect of the cause. Still, I wanted more education to put it all together. Over the course of the next few years, I enrolled myself in multiple advanced biomechanical analysis courses in cycling and running to refine my practice.
Earlier in my adult life I served in the Air Force and worked on advanced avionic systems. My familiarity with advanced technology drove me to look at the world of motion capture technology and its use at revealing how the body works to forces during movement. Due to the explosion of advancement in motion capture speed, I knew that this emerging technology could be the answer I was looking for, and to finally be able to clearly explain my analysis of my athlete’s movement. Our vision and the key to our future practice needed to be a combination of athlete’s trust in our clinical reasoning skills and advanced motion capture technology, but ultimately how the data is interpreted, integrated, and communicated to our athletes. Without making this data easily understood to the athlete, it would just be data creating an ineffective road block to their success.
So, this is where Build was developed. Build’s mission is meant to inspire patient knowledge and healing, and most importantly to build athlete movement performance, and to build athlete’s fortitude and confidence to outlast injury.
Analogous to building a house, athlete’s body’s deserve the same process. In order to build a house you must find a strong foundation on where to build. Additionally, through self-awareness and knowledge of one’s self strength, you must decide on how you will build, and with what fortitude needed to withstand all the forces of life. Finally, you need a group of highly trained professionals to bring it all together and inspire determination to build the home needed to improve a new way of life.
– Larry Meyer