A Motion Health Journey: Amber Morgan
Motion Health became a big part of my life 10 years ago. I tore my ACL playing a sport I loved, despite all ACL prevention and strength training I had been through. I was devastated to find out how common this injury was and my heart still aches for any athlete I watch go down during a game. I battled back from the injury, but not without disappointment in the archaic therapy evaluation techniques and lack of personalized treatment.
Fast forward half a decade where I was introduced to this brand new DARI Motion technology. I immediately wanted to try it out and was scanned on the DARI FMA. The results showed obvious signs that I was vulnerable for an ACL tear due to high valgus and lack of glute activation when loading or landing. I was also still significantly weaker on my surgical side from five years prior! This had my wheels turning… Was I actually ready to return to live action 5 months post-op? Is that going to have a lasting affect on my motion health as I age?
The DARI scan quantified everything I had desired in the past. My susceptibility to injury, weaknesses, strengths, and I knew not only exactly what to improve on, but could watch my numbers tick up over time as they improved. This was the missing piece from my therapy so many years ago. At the time, I had felt fine and confident to return, when in reality I probably shouldn’t have that quickly. If someone had shown me objective numbers, images, videos, my compliance would have drastically improved.
Over the last five years I have worked to better my motion health over time rather than let it degrade. I strived to reach the highest scoring ‘level’ at DARI and recently met that goal. Now my goal is to maintain that level of motion health. This achievement is parallel to the work I have put in the last couple of years, conducting frequent DARI
scans to validate improvement and identify weaknesses. In fact, I feel as though I am in the best shape I have been in since high school and I have the numbers to quantify it.
It is never too late to reverse your motion health and start making positive strides. I am always going to work to be ready to take on what life has to throw at me and hope to never have to turn down an activity or event due to my motion health.
You can’t take movement for granted, it can be gone before you know it.