At CAP Health We Focus on Changing the Athlete Not the Sport!

One Concussion is One Concussion Too Many!

RAM TEST and CAP Technology

The first step to preventing concussions is to establish the athletes concussion risk and neck strength. The RAM Test is the only machine in the world that can measure neck function relative to sport performance. It safely tests the athletes concussion risk simulating an actual sports impact.

The CAP technology calculates the athletes vestibular and neurological reflex speeds’ contribution to the measured response during the RAM Test and the requirements for concussion preventing. Combined with other collected data, e.g. neck length, width, and weight, this algorithm is one of the many biometric algorithms used to establish the athletes individual CAP Safety Standard.

Research conducted at the University of Alberta was presented at The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) International Congress 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada. The RAM machine and CAP technology was clinically validated by the CSME to safely test the risk of sustaining a concussion. The U of A research concluded that this technology was useful to evaluate the effect of neck strength on head injury caused by collisions during North American football, ice-hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

Dr. Rouhani and his team conducted independent research to demonstrate the RAM Tests’ efficiency in reducing the risk of concussion. Specifically they studied the contribution of individual neck muscles on the reduction of angular head acceleration in simulated sports contact. They successfully identified the optimal ratio of strength between muscle groups that strength training should strive to achieve to reduce angular acceleration in common scenarios of impact.

RAM REPORT and CAP TRAINING

The RAM Report is the guide to concussion prevention throughout the athlete’s sports career accessible from any device by signing into the capbraingain.com website.  The RAM Report provides a detailed analysis of the athletes RAM test performance and neck strength.

  • Coaches and athletes have access to the CAP 4 All and CAP 4 Trainers eLearning courses.  These courses provide the foundational exercises that can be easily implemented into the regular training practices only requiring 10 – 15 minutes twice a week.
  • Athletes are re-tested at progressively higher impacts forces and narrower performance ranges as they develop higher levels of concussion resistance.
  • Sport-specific training exercises are introduced (level 2) after 32 weeks and they have been re-tested.
  • Once they exceed level 2, (64 weeks) specialized exercises are populated in their online training log which they can access by signing in to the CAP website.
Not all strength training is equal or effective at reducing concussions. The qualities of strength must be developed through exercises trained in specific ways to have the functional carryover for protection. CAP training exercises are scientifically designed for maximum carryover and for different sports. 

 

There are many other health and athletic performance benefits gained through our CAP training exercises from improving sprinting, slapshots, heading a ball to overall torso strength and balance.

We Empower Through Education

Educating athletes, parents, coaches, and trainers about concussion prevention, protective training protocols, advanced rehabilitation strategies, and other facets of cognitive and physical health is at the core of everything we do.

I have been a Certified CAP Trainer for two years now completing both the CAP 4 Trainers and CAP for Sledding eLearning courses. During that time, I have implemented the CAP exercises into my training regime with my luge athletes. They have been re-tested 4 times and their RAM Report results each time have shown tremendous improvement in their neck strength and concussion resistance! I’ve also seen an overall improvement in their athletic performance. The parents absolutely love it! I would recommend the RAM 4 Concussion program to all coaches and trainers for their athletes

Guntis Reikis

4x Luge Olympian, Coach - Alberta Luge Association