Highly Dynamic Injury Prevention and Wellness TrainingThe following seminars and training programs are offered by Dr. Bunch world-wide:
This is one of Dr. Bunch’s most popular award-winning motivational injury prevention and wellness seminars for employees. This seminar was designed with one goal in mind – to effectively motivate employees to become more responsible for changing behaviors that will significantly improve health. This program has accomplished this goal time and time again, saving major corporations millions of dollars.
TestimoniesAwesome!! Life changing! – Bombardier employee One of the best speakers and seminars I have ever attended! We use Dr. Bunch extensively for ergonomics and wellness. – Entergy manager I never felt more motivated to change my life and how I work until I attended this seminar! – Attendee at ASSE Conference presentation of The Enemy in the Mirror The Enemy in the Mirror is one of the most valuable educational programs for employers and employees if they are interested in:
- Understanding the primary reasons for injuries on the job and declining health with age,
- Changing priorities in life and work habits to gain optimum health,
- Understanding how to prevent the most disabling sprains and strains (soft tissue) injuries among workers
- The most effective and safe way to power lift and handle materials
- The most effective ergonomic and wellness interventions to slow the aging process,
- The latest wellness tips for preventing cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes to include:
- Optimum nutrition and nutritional supplements that have research support,
- The F.A.S.T. approach to exercise including highly effective sequential stretching methods,
- Stress control techniques that really work
The Foundation for this Educational ProgramAlthough there are certainly health problems and injuries that occur to people through no fault of their own, there are many steps we can take to improve health and avoid injuries at work and at home. Dr. Bunch learned this as a cadet at West Point United States Military Academy. The concept of “no excuse sir!” and taking 100% self-responsibility for one’s actions had a profound impact on his health and career goals. Now, Dr. Bunch translates this philosophy into the “Enemy in the Mirror” seminar to help attendees improve their health and understand the importance of the proactive approach to preventing disabling injuries. Unsafe work behaviors and poor ergonomics, along with poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and mental stress collectively lead to injuries and illnesses. This seminar is a dynamic, motivational program that will provide invaluable, well researched and proven methods that can significantly help individuals and employers prevent these problems and help protect a company’s most valuable asset, the employee. Call 800.414-2174 or email Dr.Bunch@ISR-Institute to schedule The Enemy in the Mirror for your next safety meeting, for training of your entire employee population, or for any safety and health conference. A customized videotaped presentation can be created for your company as well.
Proper core body strength and posture are key factors to avoiding both acute and long term injuries to the neck, low back, shoulders, and extremities. In this dynamic seminar, Dr. Bunch explains how deconditioning of the core muscles (abdominal and back muscles) and poor postures increases the risk of disc herniation, degenerative arthritis, myofascial pain (myofasciitis), muscle tension syndrome, rotator cuff injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a whole host of other soft tissue injuries that can seriously impact the quality of life and lead to disability. This seminar teaches the best methods for protecting the body both on the job and at home. Current trends with sit/stand desks, the latest ergonomic tips, and best exercises to strengthen the core muscles are addressed.
About the Course:The impact of work-related static postures and sedentary work on health, particularly as we age, has gained significant attention in recent years from OSHA, and rightfully so. The long term cumulative effects of certain postures on job injuries in the office and field have been found to be directly related to common musculoskeletal disorders such as sprains, strains, osteoarthritis, bone spurs, herniated discs, nerve impingements, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and strokes. The additional impact of being sedentary has been exemplified by increasing cases of obesity and obesity-related diseases such as weight related joint deterioration, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The Champions Postural Assessment Training Program is based on current OSHA guidelines, ergonomics, and medical science. This dynamic program is designed to teach attendees how to objectively assess stressful work related postures and how to integrate ergonomic and behavioral-based interventions to reduce associated risks. This is essential, particularly with an aging work population. This program addresses how poor static postures and being sedentary adversely affect health, and how to address these issues via ergonomics and behavioral modification. Attendees will not only be trained on how to conduct proper postural assessments and incorporate effective interventions but will also be trained on how to explain the consequences of working in poor postures and living a sedentary lifestyle.
Course Schedule:0800 – 1000: Understanding optimum postures while seated and standing and the cumulative trauma mechanisms leading to pathology from poor postures and being sedentary. Medical conditions that are affected by poor postures. 1000 – 1015: Break 1015 – 1200: Analysis of the seated posture and biomechanical effects of postural variations on the neck, shoulders, carpal tunnel, and lower back 1200 – 1300: Lunch break 1300 – 1400: Analysis of the standing posture and biomechanical effects of postural variations on the neck, shoulders, carpal tunnel, lower back, knees, ankles, and plantar fascia of the feet. 1400 – 1500: Postural assessment laboratory 1500 – 1515: Break 1515 – 1615: Key Ergonomic interventions to correct faulty work designs that drive poor posture. 1615- 1700: Key postural relief exercises / Q&A
Upon completion of this seminar, the attendee will learn:
- The optimum posture while seated and standing related to age and age-related medical conditions.
- Awkward postures that increase the risk for MSDs and other medical conditions
- How cumulative trauma mechanisms lead to pathology from poor postures and being sedentary.
- The effects of being sedentary on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.
- The biomechanical and physiological mechanisms that result from poor seated and standing postures on the neck, shoulders, carpal tunnel, lower back, hips, knees, ankles and plantar fascia in the feet
- The biomechanical and physiological mechanisms that lead to increased risk of a stroke from prolonged “bifocal posture” while seated and standing.
- How to perform effective postural assessments.
- How to incorporate key no – and low-cost ergonomic interventions for seated and standing work to reduce postural stress.
- How to perform safe and highly effective postural relief exercises that make a significant impact on preventing cumulative trauma.
- Wellness interventions that are essential to offset the effects of poor postures and sedentary work.
Champions can make a difference!
Post-Offer Pre-Placement and fit-for-duty functional capacity evaluations have become an essential component of a safety program. Properly matching the physical capacities of an employee to ensure that he/she can safely perform the essential duties of a job is critical for avoiding injuries. With over 21 years of conducting these evaluations, and serving as a legal expert in cases involving ADA, age and gender discrimination claims, Dr. Bunch describes how to create a highly effective, legally compliant, employee defensive hiring program and conduct fit- for-duty evaluations on incumbent employees “for cause”. Emphasis is placed in this seminar on how these services are designed to be in full compliance with federal regulations related to hiring and return to work job placement (e.g., EEOC, ADA, GINA and ADEA) by meeting the criteria of safety, reliability, and validity. Dr. Bunch also describes the return on investment and cost savings one can expect based on experiences with large and small corporations that are using this process.
Official Responses from ASSE Attendees to Dr. Bunch’s lecture on Fit-for Duty Testing:
- Always enjoy hearing Dr. Bunch speak on any topic.
- Dr. Bunch is the very best in his field and should always be a part of ASSE.
- Excellent class and great, applicable topic.
- Excellent topic and presentation was perfect for the audience!
- Good content, interesting, good interaction and demonstration.
- Great presentation!
- Rick did an awesome job! Very informative. Would like to see him in another session.
- Simply AWESOME!
- Taking home many ideas on how to handle this “can of worms” issue.
- Totally appropriate. I would hire this guy!
- Very Informative and very good on identifying potential exposures.
- Very knowledgeable presenter. Definitely should invite him back for longer sessions.
- Very educational, speaker was expert and simply presented the concept of functional fitness for duty- thought provoking and helpful.
- This is a phenomenal session that anyone responsible for workers’ compensation and return to work should attend
- Great session. We are looking at fit for duty tests at this time so it was a timely session for me.
- Enjoyed this speaker immensely. His knowledge, presentation and recommendations were very helpful.
- Bar none – Dr Bunch is the expert on this subject – I’ve heard him before – and he continues to give good solid counsel on best practices related to Functional Ability tests – Super dynamic speaker with very relevant topic.
Mental stress is the robber of the immune system and too often life itself. Medical research clearly shows that mental stress and sleep deprivation are risk factors linked to accelerated aging, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. Each day, stress and sleep deprivation also adversely affect memory and cause fatigue-related errors in decision-making and accidents. The good news is that there are methods to prevent this from happening. In this dynamic seminar, Dr. Bunch explains the actual physiological links of stress and sleep deprivation to life destroying illnesses and describes methods to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. Using the methods taught in this seminar attendees can expect to experience almost immediate improvements in mental acuity, memory, and energy levels. On a long-term basis, attendees will increase their probability of living a more robust, energetic and longer life!
Soft tissue injures involving sprains of joints and ligaments and strains of muscles and tendons are common MSDs that are very costly to industries and can lead to loss of job productivity and even long term disability. Dr. Bunch addresses how sprains and strains occur, identifies at risk work postures and their consequences to health, and teaches a highly effective integrative preventative approach involving special on-the-job sequential stretching exercises. Demonstrations and interactions in the classroom will show marked improvement in range of motion and flexibility among the attendees, creating a highly motivational effect from the benefits that can be experienced by each person immediately.
Back and neck injuries comprise more than 50% of workers compensations costs today in the United States and constitute the primary musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that lead to occupational disability. Dr Bunch explains the real underlying causes of these disorders and how traditional reactive medical approaches that address primarily symptoms rather than the cause are ineffective, often doomed to failure, and too often lead to unnecessary surgeries and litigation. He offers to attendees a proven, integrative approach for addressing these disorders based on altering harmful lifestyle habits, using ergonomic and behavioral based interventions, conducting job-specific fit-for-duty functional testing, and understanding effective treatment methods that address the real causes of these MSDs
Many serious illnesses today, including diabetes, some forms of cancers and cardiovascular diseases, are directly or indirectly associated with improper nutrition in this country. In addition, the current obesity epidemic in the United States has created increasing problems for employers ranging from reduced ability to perform essential tasks of a job (i.e., reduced productivity) and increased incidences of illness and injuries (i.e., increased lost work days). This seminar will identify the problems with today’s modern processed foods and fast food services and offer methods to assist improvement in dietary patterns of employees both on and off the job. Dr. Bunch presents a no-nonsense approach to eating healthy that will help employees lose excessive fat, combat aging, improve energy levels, and reduce the obesity-related illnesses.
As the baby boomer generation comes to age, more industries today will be facing a significant increase in the two leading causes of premature death and disability among their workforce – cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes) and cancer. Dr. Bunch addresses alterations in lifestyle and work habits, ergonomic accommodation issues, and methods of ADA-compliant fit-for duty evaluations that will help employees reduce risks of these diseases and help industries effectively deal with this growing crisis among an aging workforce.
Type II Diabetes, a leading cause of amputation, blindness and heart disease, is a growing epidemic with associated medical costs of 300 billion dollars annually in the United States. Over 20 million people now have been diagnosed with type II diabetes in the United States with at least another 5 million who have it but are not yet diagnosed. People who are pre-diabetic or “borderline” diabetic have 10 times greater risk of heart disease than people with normal blood sugar levels. It is predicted that 1 out of 3 people born in 2000 will develop type II diabetes! Type II diabetes is a disease that is growing exponentially as a result of modern poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles. One of the leading causes of blindness, amputation, and cardiovascular disease in the United States, diabetes is a disease that must be controlled and prevented. Dr. Bunch presents the most common risk factors for this disease, describe a method to assess risk factors among the work force, and provide tips on how to reduce diabetic risk factors, including alteration of lifestyle habits, among the work force. He will also address modification of work processes that need to be considered when employing a diabetic person.