The agents of the Second Mobile Division of the State Police are constantly dealing with our security, carrying out every day a delicate task that really tries their physical and mental resistance.
For this reason, in recent months the Mobile Department has turned to INVICTUS, an innovative technological center inaugurated in 2017 in Ponte San Nicolò. The first request was to submit the agents to tests and analyses that could measure in an objective way the results of their training and of the autogenous training path undertaken.
Within the ASKESIS project, aiming to improve the welfare condition of the police, through a path that supports the technological tests carried out in the movement analysis lab and in the gym of the facility, other services such as cardiological analysis and bio-impedancemetry and a program of exercises for external sessions are offered.
The project therefore embraces the philosophy of INVICTUS, in whose structure different professional figures such as the orthopedist, the physiatrist, the physiotherapist, the biomedical engineer, the dietician, the kinesiologist, the shiatsu operator and the osteopath work daily in team, comparing the diagnosis and therapy to put the person in the spotlight, offering a 360 degree coverage. The common language, fertile ground for discussion, is the scientific data offered by the use of the technology provided by BTS in the innovative lab of movement analysis that represents the “beating heart” of INVICTUS.
The characteristics of the agents were investigated at the beginning of the project and at the end, after about two months, so as to be able to offer a comparison with the initial state and evaluate the improvements made. At INVICTUS, the agents were able to evaluate the state of cardiological health and through the threshold test they were able to establish the value of their aerobic threshold. This parameter is fundamental to define the intensity of exercise necessary to achieve weight loss and at the same time improve the characteristics of resistance to fatigue: the kinesiologists of the INVICTUS gym always measure it before starting a path.
Using the instrumentation provided by BTS, the agents were subjected to a static and dynamic postural evaluation. It provided the gait analysis through G-WALK, the analysis of static and dynamic pressures with P-WALK and the stability analysis using a force platform according to the new PODIUM protocol. These data, always evaluated by the INVICTUS staff in the check-ups, provided important information about the initial physical condition of the policemen involved and were used to guide the proprioception exercises and balance.
The comparison between the start and end of the route data gave positive results, thus indicating the excellent outcome of the project. In particular, the agents have improved not only the physical resistance, but also the gait symmetry and have shown a better ability to distribute the weight between the two limbs.
These conclusions were objectified thanks to the BTS technology available at INVICTUS also giving Askesis greater validity.