Applying force to muscles in order to determine their structural integrity has its roots in the muscle testing techniques from physiotherapy. A muscle is put into a position of contraction that isolates it's function and manual pressure is applied to evaluate the strength and function of that particular muscle. This is a very specific force tested on a isolated target.
This concept was expanded in 1988 by Lois Klatt, PhD, who developed a simple jump test that adds a sudden load throughout many muscular chains in the body. Depending on how the individual reacts, you can identify the weakest muscle in the kinetic chain. This is a general force applied to reveal a specific weakness.
The RAM Technology compares the movement velocity of the thoracic spine to the amplitude, velocity, and rotation that occurs in the chin and forehead motion. The total G forces along with the magnitude of the head tilt and speed that it occurs tells us:
- A low velocity impact combined with our sensor technology allows a microscopic view of the mechanics created during simulated contact. The rad/s (range of angular velocity, ω) combined with the magnitude of acceleration over time (in milliseconds) tells us exactly how the athlete will respond when hit during a game.
- How extensor and flexor musculature affect a broad spectrum of strength qualities that allow the deceleration of head and neck mass.
- The milliseconds in which the head tilt is reversed tells us the reflex speed and is a predictor of trauma to the deep cervical musculature and highly correlated with their ability to stabilize higher loads of impact.
- Whether they have a pre-existing musculoskeletal dysfunction that puts them at greater risk to secondary concussion syndrome enabling us to identify and implement proactive rehab strategies.
- The ideal ratios required to optimize the training effect, which govern exercise selection, training protocols, and rehab strategies.
It is the first time that such an innovative, affordable system enables coaches to safely and objectively evaluate the strength training and thus opens horizons to utilize an optimal training protocol that minimizes the incidence of concussions in contact sports
Dr. Hossein Rouhani, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
We are very enthusiastic about the Brain Gauge technology being integrated with the CAP Program. The data obtained from the breakthrough CAP RAM tests will provide new insights into our concussion research. Our partnership with CAP Corp opens the door to a multi-parametric approach to concussion assessment that could significantly improve our understanding of concussion prevention and treatment
Mark Tommerdahl, CEO of Cortical Metrics
The test was a wakeup call to my minute brain alterations, I was placed on a plan which I am undertaking and already noticing results.
Dr. Christian Turbide
We recently began implementing The CAP Program and our athletes and parents alike are loving it. We have always offered elite training, but incorporating the CAP Concussion Prevention Program takes out athletes to an even ❛Higher Level❜
Eddie Escobar, CEO HLSAcademy & CAP Partner
Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. What the specialists couldn't help me with you did. (Neurologists, ophthalmologists, and the leaders in those fields). I am 95% better and things keep improving. I now have my quality of life back. I believe you guys are the BEST of the BEST! Thanks!!:)
CAP is working with Dr. Rouhani and his team to demonstrate the CAP Program's efficiency in reducing the risk of concussion.
Specifically we are studying the contribution of individual neck muscles on the reduction of angular head acceleration in simulated sports contact. Our goal is to identify the optimal ratio of strength between muscle groups that strength training should strive to achieve which reduces angular acceleration in common scenarios of impact.
Read the abstract of the paper A Novel Concussion Active Prevention Testing Device for Neck Strength Evaluation During Sub-concussive Impacts (PDF reader required) presented at The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) International Congress 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada.Read the press release: Research is Being Conducted with U of A to Test Neck Strength using the CAP RAM
CAP is working with Auckland University of Technology to analyze our CAP data from the kinematic response to impulsive loading. By analyzing the relationship between strength performance and the movements of the head we can predict a strategy and protective levels of strength that the athlete can develop to reduce susceptibility to concussions.