Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How does CAP improve sprinting?
    The first 5 steps in sprinting speed is heavily dependent on shoulder strength, as it is the arm pumping that momentarily reduces the weight of the upper body on the legs allowing the athletes to push against a lighter mass. Training the neck an cervical spine has a great irrigation effect on the nerves that innervate the shoulders and arms. Allowing for harder contractions and thus faster starts.
  • How does CAP improve heading a ball?
    The less flex or give in a structure the more force it can transfer. Stronger neck flexors allow you to transfer your torso strength more efficiently when heading a soccer ball thus requiring less effort to achieve the same distance.
  • How does CAP improve throwing velocity?
    Improved rotator cuff strength through neural irrigation from neck training allows for faster harder throwing speeds. The mechanism is: the stronger your rotator cuff is the longer you can accelerate for before starting the deceleration phase. The rotator cuffs job is to decelerate the humerous so that the arm is not pulled out of the socket.
  • How does CAP improve slapshots?
    Slapshot velocity is also increased through the same mechanism that improves throwing speed as well as enhanced torso strength.
  • How does CAP improve overall torso strength?
    The improved torso strength so relevant to absorbing tackles and body checks also gives greater control over the mass of the upper body resulting in increased ability in quick directional changes.
  • Does CAP improve balance?
    The ability to perceive your body in space is largely governed by your vestibular reflexes and cerebellum. Correcting for slips and falls is correlated to strength. All of these attributes are extremely well trained in the CAP program.
  • Can you test someone on the RAM if they have had a concussion?
    Once their symptoms have subsided the RAM Test is an excellent tool to determine whether they are ready to return to the game or require further rehabilitation to the cervical spine.
  • Should the athlete sleep after sustaining a concussion?
    After a head injury the athlete should refrain from sleeping immediately afterwards for a few hours to observe if the symptoms are worsening possibly due to internal bleeding. Once they have been cleared they should sleep as much as possible.
  • The athletes doctor told them that, “all you can do is rest”?
    This is unfortunate and we are here to tell you there are many effective treatments to facilitate rehabilitation after sustaining a concussion. There are therapies ranging from brain specific treatments to physiotherapy for the neck muscles and balance. Visit our website to learn more about the CAP Brain Repair Protocol, and our Certified CAP partners that offer the CAP Protocol.
  • What is the SCAT 5 and other baseline testing?
    • These tests are meant to establish a baseline for comparison if an athlete sustains a concussion assuming the athlete does not have any concussion symptoms when they do the first test.
    • These tests cost a minimum $60.00 per test or more and must be completed at a Doctor office.
    • The SCAT 5 (latest version was based on the King Devick test originally developed for dyslexia) is comprised of various different questions e.g. repeat the 12 months backgrounds, repeat numbers backwards, and balance testing.
    • It is a subjective test relying on the athlete or doctor and ability to memorize or repeat months and numbers backwards.
    • Only the doctor that provided the test has access to the athletes results.
    • There is a disclaimer that it should not be used alone to determine whether an athlete is ready to return to play so many Doctors feel it is a waste of time and money.
  • How is the CAP program different from SCAT 5 and other baseline tests?
    • The RAM machine and CAP technology has been clinically validated by the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering to safely test an athletes risk of sustaining a concussion by simulating an actual sport impact and training to prevent concussions before they occur.
    • Based on the athletes performance, their age, sport, and weight, CAP creates a 16 week training plan at which time they are then retested and as they progress a new training plan is delivered.
    • CAP also offers Brain Gauge, a non subjective non subjective. It tests the athletes; neurocognitive; function including speed, fatigue, accuracy, plasticity, time perception, focus and temporal order judgement.
    • Athletes have their own personal account to access all their own data,
    • The program includes several online courses, the CAP 4 All course detailing the training exercises, Concussion Spotting and Care Protocol, and Cyberbullying,
    • Athletes can track their own training and progress with the online training log,
    • Data is used to conduct valuable concussion research,
    • The program is delivered by coaches and trainers and does not require a doctor,
    • This entire program is $100.
  • Do helmets prevent concussions?
    No, while helmets are very effective to prevent skull fractures, the brain is still a passenger inside the helmet. There are hundreds of research studies that correlate neck strength to stabilizing the head to avoid whiplash. The stronger the neck, the more resistant athletes are to sustaining a concussion.
  • How do you know when the athlete is ready return to sport?
    By following the CAP Return to Sport Protocol in our free Concussion Spotting and Care Protocol course.
  • Does diet play any role in how quickly you heal?
    Diet plays a large role in brain health, mood disorders, and the rate of healing after a concussion. You can learn more on our website under the Brain Repair Program.
  • Will the sensitivity to light go away?
    It may go away on its own, but exposure to artificial lighting can prolong this symptom and slow brain healing. Avoid unnatural light sources, wear blue blocking light glasses whenever you are exposed to electronic devices and if you have signed up for the Brain Repair Program ensure you follow the CAPcare Plan.
  • Does a persistent headache mean the brain is still swollen?
    Headaches following a concussion may or may not have anything to do with the brain. It is common for neck injuries to be the source of headaches, especially the weakening of neck muscles after an injury has occurred.
  • How does CAP improve luge starts?
    By training the musculature of the neck there is a irrigation effect to the peripheral musculature responsible for increased pulling force which equates to faster start times.

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