LANDSTUHL, Germany – Trainers from Regional Health Command Europe, US Army Europe and Installation Management Command Europe recently held a pilot physical readiness leadership training course at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
The course was designed to educate, enable and empower leaders to effectively plan and lead ERP for their local unit with an emphasis on injury prevention and a 100% success rate on the proficiency test. army combat. The course is a pilot for a larger injury prevention initiative coming to Europe later this exercise, according to Capt.Daniel Huffman, physiotherapist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
“This course is really to help soldiers lead other soldiers with their physical training,” Huffman said. “We just want to see optimal training and help soldiers do it better.”
Huffman led the majority of the three-day course, which included a mix of classroom lectures and demonstrations at the Landstuhl Fitness Center.
“This course focused on developing effective training programs and how to properly perform various exercises,” Huffman said. “We also offered coaching tips. Plus, we’ve provided a lot of research on how the right exercises can help prevent injury while maximizing performance.
According to Dr. Caitlin Brooks, USAREUR health promotion specialist and physiotherapist, musculoskeletal injuries are the number one reason soldiers seek medical attention. These types of injuries accounted for 71% of the military’s total injuries in 2019, according to the “Force Health” report.
“Now that the military has shifted to a more equal balance of cardio, strength and power, it’s also changing the way we approach PRT,” Brooks said. “Cardio, strength, mobility and flexibility are all equal parts in this training plan to achieve ACFT intensities, this way the soldier is more complete in his training and is more ready for combat. . “
The participants were mainly from the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, but the class also included an Army Reserve Soldier and civilians from the Landstuhl Army Welfare Center.
“I thought it was a really good class, definitely a lot of interesting information,” said Sergeant Stefan Kinsey, physiotherapist at LRMC. “Rehabilitation is just a reduction in training. So being able to explain not necessarily what they’re doing, but why they’re doing it, once they’ve finished physical therapy, you’ve given them the tools to get stronger and stay healthy. “
For more information on ACFT preparation and fitness resources, visit https://www.army.mil/acft/.