Eirik Andreassen from DRIV Trening in Oslo, Norway, was one of the trainers who attended the very first 1080MAP™ ANALYSIS course in Stockholm, as early as March 2014.
“I immediately understood that 1080MAP was great, and a tool that would help my clients to improve their performance”, says Eirik.
At the time of the course, Eirik was a student at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and a fresh graduate from the GIFT Institute. Today he works at DRIV Trening as a trainer.
At DRIV, there are 5 trainers who use the 1080MAP system daily for athletes who want to perform better. The system is also used for those with injuries and pain.
“We use 1080MAP at the first appointment with our clients who are experiencing pain. It has proven to be a great tool to help us set a program to help them become pain free.”
Eirik says that when using 1080MAP, clients are open and willing to get more help, maybe because they better understand their weaknesses themselves when looking at their results.
“The clients better understand their limitations from looking at their 1080MAP profiles, and are extra motivated to put in that extra effort now that they can follow their progress and see their improvements.”
Clients typically buy a package consisting of a test, a retest and 10 PT-training sessions that will help them reach their goals.
“As a trainer, using 1080MAP, I am now able to be very specific in my work, which leads to improvements for my clients in less time than before. Not to mention the feedback from the clients; they think it’s both fun and relevant to learn more about how their bodies are functioning.”
In February, during the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, Olympiatoppen (The Norwegian NOC) offered young athletes aged 16-18 years the chance to be tested and measured using the same validated methods as used with the Norwegian Olympic team. The testing station was set up as part of the Learn & Share activities taking place during the YOG, with an aim of combining sport, culture and education to engage and influence young athletes about sports, leading a healthy lifestyle and the role they play in their communities.
– We were present at the Youth Olympic Games to share with the youth athletes how we at the Olympic center go about working with athletes at an elite level. We performed several tests on individual athletes to measure their body movement patterns and to map their current status. All data was put into our system, and their digital body charts then compared to elite athletes. This allowed us to give the youth athletes and their coaches suggestions on how to train more efficiently going forward, says Ola Eriksrud, part of Olympiatoppen and assistant professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Science.
Why is it important to measure the movement patterns of athletes?
– When you have an understanding of how an athlete moves, and you are able to compare that data to other reference values, you learn to understand why certain movements are more important and relevant to specific sports. The knowledge can be translated to hands-on advice on how the athlete can start training and stretching to perform better in their sport, explains Ola.
– If you are a ski jumper or skier for example, it is important to understand how you generate the most force from the ground in order to move faster. The force you are able to create depends on what kind of alignment your body has. Through our tests, we can see where strengths and weaknesses are, and help athletes understand where the best force is transferred, while also helping them stop with unnecessary movements. This can be adapted in their training to optimize their performance, explains Ola.
How are the tests performed?
– Measurements are performed though giving the athlete a task, and then having them perform it; like reaching as far to the right as you can when in an upright-position, and then having us measure and chart the degree of that angle in our database. Looking at and combining these tests give a story of how an individual athlete likes to move, which can be useful information for the athlete to better understand their own body’s strengths and weaknesses, explains Ola.
– We then compare the digital profile charts of the youth athletes directly to the data we have of the national team level athletes in Norway in the same sport. Through this we are able to see how certain movements are more important and relevant to specific sports, and also give advice to the athlete and their coach on what movements the youth athletes could train to higher their chances of performing at an elite level, says Ola.
What did you learn from testing young athletes during the games?
– It’s a little bit early to say, but an overall impression we got is that there is less difference between athletes in different sports at this young age. It seems that for elite athletes specializing in their sport, and having done more receptions of certain activities during a long time, their body’s mobility is effected to better fit their specific sport. When we are now able to compare athletes from an early age, it gives us a better idea of how the body develops over time. We can then link this data to both performance and/or dysfunction going forward. We can possibly find how a person’s body was moving before pain or discomfort occurred, which may enable us to look at specific movements or movement patterns as a possible precursor to dysfunction. This understanding could help us in being better at helping athletes throughout their careers, explains Ola.
The Learn & Share programme was popular among the 1100 athletes from 71 countries participating in the Youth Olympic Games. Olympiatoppen, together with volunteers and students, performed over 300 tests during the games.
– We were well received by the visitors and the International Olympic Committee, and a lot of athletes and coaches were interested in our method of testing. We had athletic role models and Olympic game role models who have won medals in past senior games come and try out our system and be impressed by our scientifically validated results, says Ola.
Patrick Rapp is a personal trainer who works in Västerås and Stockholm through his own company Sport Performance Center. He has been nominated to ”PT of the Year” two years in a row in Sweden, and he was also among the top 10 global finalists in Life Fitness Personal Trainers to Watch 2015. Last year, Patrick attended several courses at Athletic1080 to become a validated user of the 1080MAP™ system. We’ve talked to him about how he uses 1080MAP today to systematically and efficiently test, train and treat his clients.
Why did you decide to attend our courses at Athletic1080?
”A friend of mine, who is a chiropractor, recommended the testing system 1080MAP. I soon realized that the system goes well with the way I like to work, focusing on how the whole body is connected. I also liked that there was research behind the system, that it was validated. It’s actually the most sophisticated mobility measuring system I’ve seen on the market.”
How do you use 1080MAP today?
”When I have clients that want to reach a specific goal, like being able to run faster or playing golf better, 1080MAP is very applicable. I screen my clients to understand their mobility, and to determine what form of exercise is the most fitting to help them reach their goals. I don’t have to guess what the cause of a problem is anymore.
When working with a client, I let them see the graphs created in the 1080MAP database together with me, so that they become personally involved in understanding their body functions and what results need to happen for them to reach their full potential. If you work with a client long term, the system makes it it’s easy to follow improvements in mobility. It also helps create a more professional meeting with my clients, where I can help them understand how a 10 degree reduction in internal rotation of the hip can actually be what stands between them and their goals. It makes it clearer for both of us to see what the client needs to work on.
When working with professional athletes, I always start of by screening them with 1080MAP. Some sports require certain requirements for a person to be successful. For example, in hockey, it’s very important for a player to have high mobility in their hips, otherwise you can never reach your full potential in the sport.”
Can you give any specific examples of how you have worked with 1080MAP with some of your clients?
”I was working with a bandy goalie who had problems with her hips. In this sport, you have to do the splits really quickly to catch the ball, and then get up just as quickly again. She had been experiencing problems with her hips for a long time. When just testing her manually, I thought everything looked good. But upon screening her with 1080MAP we noticed that the mobility in the hip was not good enough to play bandy in her position. We started working with her hip, with a lot of different stretching exercises. Today her hip pain is gone.
I was also working with a 19 year old hockey player who was super explosive on the ice, but had a hard time keeping it up for more than 25 seconds. When I screened him we noticed that he had decreased mobility in many parts of his body, which you sometimes see in hockey players. He started doing 3 hours of mobility exercises a week, and today he is able to last 45 seconds on the ice. Instead of taking 25 skating cuts, he can reach the same distance in 10. That’s a big improvement.”