Sport vs. Industry "Athletes": Physical Demands and Injury Prevention Methodologies

Presenter: Brock Anderson, founder and principal consultant, ergo-ology

Industrial professionals turned to Olympic competition and professional sports to redefine the definition of front-line associates. The phrase “industrial athletes” is a description born out of similarities in human performance and the stress-response generated by a physically demanding task. Yet, there are still enormous differences between today’s finely tuned athletes and the broad mix of employees who occupy the workaday world. While athletic coaches and corporate health professionals share a common goal, maximizing performance and minimizing injury, they take two very different approaches based on the similarities and differences in each athlete’s environment and task requirements. This presentation will compare and contrast these two settings and uncover best practices to managing risk and improving performance, all while pointing out several practices in one setting may not be advantageous in the other.

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