Mobile technology is changing every aspect of daily life, and human performance is one of the biggest areas of opportunity for disruption. As an exercise physiologist and personal trainer specializing in post-rehab exercise management, I have experienced this positive disruption first-hand. From food tracking apps to wearable movement trackers, there really does seem to be an app for everything. With that said, there was never a high-quality app for my post-rehab training clients — until I discovered RecovAware.
The first thing I love about RecovAware is the easy-to-understand stages of recovery. The most common complaint I get from new clients is that they feel uninformed throughout rehab. The stages component of RecovAware can undoubtedly help bridge this gap of communication between patient and provider. The beginning stage is called Baseline, which is bascially where the app user creates their account and sets the detail of the knee condition. Stage 1 is characterized by recovering the ability to move around with minimum assistance and perform activities of daily living. Stage 2 is characterized by recovering the abilities to do some higher level activities. Stage 3 is defined by completely recovering the abilities to do higher lever activities, including your preferred sports and activities. The final stage is Returned to Sport, which is obviously when you have confidently returned to full participation. These stages are based on extensive research and literature.
Perhaps the most advanced aspect of RecovAware is its tracking technology. As a personal trainer, I am drawn to data and patterns. The data tracked in RecovAware is comprehensive and truly gives the user a customized illustration of recovery through charts and graph sets. The items that are tracked are very thoughtful and strategic — physical activity, pain level, daily living, knee-related quality of life, daily steps, daily flights climbed, and even pain medication.
Beyond my perspective as a personal trainer, I also view RecovAware as a person with chronic knee pain. During my senior season of college football, I injured my knee at practice and ultimately could not bend my knee for a week. A few possibilities were discussed, but the injury was never truly diagnosed – getting back on the field as quickly as possible was the only goal. After three weeks of being in a brace and two-a-day treatments, I could manage a moderate sprint and I was back on the field. The pain level greatly decreased after football but it still arises on a weekly basis. Through testing the RecovAware app, I realized that I have regular knee pain and the tracking tools forced me to accept the fact this knee pain affects my daily life. I enjoy working out, martial arts, hiking, and snow skiing – these things do not mix well with chronic knee pain. I tell my clients and followers “pain is never normal”, and RecovAware’s tracking tools have inspired me to take my own advice.
At this point in my personal training career, more than half of my clients are in the post-physical therapy stage of a knee surgery. After personally testing RecovAware with my general knee pain from college football injuries, I feel extremely confident with my clients using this technology.
Jimmy Girot is an exercise physiologist, post-rehab knee joint exercise specialist, and host of The Jimmy Girot Podcast.