News & Research
2nd United States Patent Issued for AFX
One of the comments that we get most often about AFX is ‘Wow, this thing isn’t like anything else on the market’. AFX is definitely unique and the good people at the US Patent & Trademark Office feel the same way. On March 26th, Progressive Health was awarded a second US Patent (US 8,403,817) for our AFX technology. At first glance, AFX might seem like a simple device (which is good, the best devices are simple!), but once you use it you quickly realize that there is a whole bunch of science behind every feature.
Canadian Running thinks AFX is “Gear you should know about”
Nice piece of coverage of AFX – Ankle Foot maXimizer in the latest edition of Canadian Running Magazine . Running is an industry dominated by information (and marketing dollars!!) on running shoes, fancy watches and tech clothing. Don’t get us wrong, good shoes and good gear are important, but they don’t amount to much if you can’t run because of plantar fasciitis, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, ankle instability, etc.. Thanks to Canadian Running for helping us get the word out there that strong feet and ankles are important! <download image here>
AFX Technical Paper – Athletic Performance
You have HUGE hamstrings, KILLER quads and calves that KICK-BUTT… so why is your athletic performance below expectations? You can’t shoot a cannon out of a canoe, you need to strengthen your feet! This AFX Technical Paper looks at the latest scientific research on the incredibly important role that foot, toe and ankle strength play in athletic performance including balance, agility and vertical jump. Click the link to download a PDF of the Athletic Performance – Technical Paper, and be sure to check out our free athletic performance programs & videos on our Training page by clicking here.
AFX Technical Paper – Stress Fractures & Acute Fractures
Stress fractures are among the most prevalent sports injuries, accounting for approximately 10% of all overuse injuries. Of those, lower extremity stress fractures have been reported to account for 61,2% to 97% of all stress fractures in athletes! Acute fractures are also very common, with approximately 10% of them occurring in the bones of the foot. This AFX Technical Paper examines the latest research on acute fractures and stress fractures, ways to reduce the risk of them occurring, and exercises to help you prevent and treat fractures. Stress fractures and Acute Fractures – Technical Paper
Health Fads That Harm
Progressive Health / AFX President & CEO, Matt Ferguson, weighs-in on barefoot running for HealthInsure.org. At AFX we’ve always been supportive of barefoot activity/running, provided that it is done gradually with specific focus on strengthening the feet & ankles while re-training your body to enable proper biomechanics. Check-out what Matt had to say: http://healthinsure.org/ear-candling-master-cleanse-and-other-dumb-health-fads-that-could-hurt-you/