Julie Clark: Athlete Evaluator

Julie Clark, former LSU collegiate gymnast and coach has built a national network within the gymnastics community — a market that stood to gain so much from a quantifiable approach to injury prevention.

Clark developed Focus Sports Solutions, a company designed to implement injury prevention plans for athletes. Using Kinesics App, Clark and her team evaluated and developed flexibility and mobility programs for gymnasts. The Kinesics Reporting offered athletes and parents peace of mind that they were doing everything they could to prevent injury and improve performance. Teams that worked with Focus Sports Solutions gained insight into injury trends, and were able to incorporate preventative stretching into team warm-ups to minimize time impact. 

“The data for the functionality of your body is invaluable, and translates across all wellness fields. Whether you’re training or not, you have a baseline for knowing what you need to do to meet your wellness goals.”

Focus Sports Solutions Team: 

Clark hired to Kinesiology graduates and paid for their training in the Kinesics Evaluation and App. Clark coordinated the account acquisition and her team of Kinesics Qualified Professionals conducted the evaluations and designed Flexibility and Mobility Programs for each athlete. Re-assessments were conducted on regular intervals based on the severity of the measurements. Programs were updated based on progress.

CHALLENGE: WORKING WITH LIMITED TIME

There is a time commitment to an injury prevention program. Competitive athletes train intensively and don't have extra hours to devote to an additional program. To the athletes and their parents, spending time focusing on injury prevention is worth it when the metrics are quantifiable and translate across the wellness field. 

“Kinesics is the only system I know that gives an objective, data-driven assessment.”

Overuse injuries are common. Gymnasts often suffer lumbar spine injuries, low back pain and wrist injuries. In the past, Clark hired chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists for injury care. Unless the athletes were using massage weekly, these methods were reactive instead of preventative

Now, the gymnasts incorporate mobility stretches into their daily training. If injuries occur, they bring their Kinesics report to wellness practitioners, saving time and providing an orthopedic history. 

SOLUTION: EASY TO UNDERSTAND, OBJECTIVE DATA 

The avatar visual is especially helpful. It brings the point home. For Clark’s athletes, seeing the connectivity of the body’s muscle groups is key to athlete engagement. 

The Kinesics report is a great resource for the parents, giving them an opportunity to be involved with injury prevention and training best practices. Objective data makes them feel like their children are safe and in good hands. 

“The report also gives kids a training advantage. They know where the strengths and weaknesses are on their body.”

There’s value in knowing what the injury trends are in your industry. Clark noticed that many of the gymnasts on the team were suffering from calf imbalances, so she implemented calf mobility exercises into the group’s warm-up routine. 

The Kinesics implementation time was quick and easy. After downloading the app, Clark was up and running in 48 hours—she credits the on-boarding materials and in-person support offered by the Kinesics team.

RESULTS: CONSISTENCY IS KEY TO PREVENTION

Since Julie implemented the app, she has noticed that consistency is the driving factor for success in injury prevention. The Kinesics stretching program has intercepted overuse injuries and shoulder issues (like Tendinitis) with which the team previously struggled.

In the future, Clark plans to integrate the Kinesics method into other sports teams as they recruit new team members, evaluate and prevent.

She believes in the power of knowing your body’s asymmetries and imbalances, and using the data Kinesics provides to achieve wellness goals.

Christian Daigle