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Is there a best exercise? For the past few years I have been challenging the fire/emergency medical services (EMS) departments we work with to incorporate one specific movement into all their warm-ups.
This exercise is ideal for numerous reasons:
1. It is a primal pattern that includes rolling and getting up and down from the floor
2. It is a potent thoracic spine mobilization and stabilization exercise so it fits the “Mostability” (stability + mobilization) need
3. As the athlete’s physical ability improves we can adapt the exercises complexity to meet that need
4. All a department needs is a floor and a weight so there are little to no start-up expenses
5. Responders feel better and move better after a few sets and that can lead to a reduction in on-the-job injury rates
With over 17 years of clinical and on the street experience, Bryan Fass is an expert on public safety and industrial injury prevention. Fass authored the Fit Responder book, used by departments and schools, and is an author for numerous web and peer-reviewed journals. He works nationally with departments, corporations, and state and local governments to design and run targeted injury prevention and wellness programs. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Sports Medicine, was a paramedic for over eight years, and is certified as a Certified Athletic Trainer Strength and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Fass is the president and founder of the Fit Responder program.