Posts Tagged ‘shin splits’

Audio Interview: Key Considerations for Ankle Sprain Exercises

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Please click here: Ankle Sprain Exercises to listen to the latest interview from Rick Kaselj with Matt Ferguson, President and CEO of Progressive Health Innovations.

KineMedics joins AFX Distribution Team

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Port Moody, BC – Progressive Health Innovations Inc. (PHI), manufacturer of the AFX – Ankle Foot maXimizer, is pleased to announce the completion of a distribution deal with Kinemedics, one of the premier sports medicine retailers and distributors in Canada.

“KineMedics has built their business by providing scientifically supported solutions, expertise and information” said Matt Ferguson, PHI President and CEO. “Partnering with them is much more than expanding the AFX market, there are also excellent synergies. Both organizations believe in proven science, true innovation, and providing quality education to practitioners and consumers.

Mark Simonson, President of KineMedics, is looking forward to the addition of AFX to the KineMedics family of products, “AFX is the perfect complement to our portfolio of innovative rehabilitation products. The simple design will make it easy for both patients and clinician’s to incorporate it into their therapy protocols. It is based on solid scientific principles and, for a new product on the market, already has a great track record of effectiveness in even complex and chronic injury cases. We think it will be the perfect addition to any therapist’s tool box for the management of foot and ankle injuries.”

To read the complete press release, please click here: KinemedicsNov2011

Basketball Training Program using AFX

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Get the most out of your basketball season this year by incorporating AFX into your strength and conditioning routine.  To see the program used in the successful clinical trial by the UBC and SFU men’s varsity basketball teams please click on the following link:  Basketball training program

AFX Featured on Healthynomics Blog

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

If you’re looking for a solution to strengthen your feet and ankles, the AFX Ankle Foot Maximizer is an innovative tool that you should take a look at.

With the recent surge in popularity of barefoot / minimalistic running, strengthening the intrinsic muscles of the foot plays a key role in avoiding running injuries – whether you’re running in minimalistic or more traditional running shoes. The AFX can help strengthen these muscles while also helping rehabilitate and prevent common injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis and more.

We were fortunate enough to have Matt Ferguson, President & CEO of Progressive Health Innovations and the maker of the AFX, answer a few questions about the AFX. Healthynomics would like to thank Matt for his time.

To read the entire interview by Mark Kennedy please head over the Healthynomics website here:  Healthynomics

AFX Highlighted in Globe & Mail

Thursday, August 18th, 2011


From Globe and Mail August 14, 2011

During a one-hour run, your feet push off the pavement about 10,000 times — enough of a workout to build some pretty impressive foot muscles, you’d figure.

“Considering the countless miles that runners put in, most think that they have very strong feet,” says Matt Ferguson, the president of Vancouver-based Progressive Health Innovations. “And they do — but for only one motion.”

Running does wonders for the muscles involved in plantar flexion – pointing your toes toward the floor — but leaves a host of other small muscles throughout the foot and ankle weak.  The result is an increased risk of common running injuries like plantar fasciitis, shin splits, Achilles tendon problems and even ankle sprains.

“What many don’t sunderstand is that all those miles running straight forward on flat ground can cause very significant muscle imbalances,” says Mr. Ferguson, whose company recently introduct an all-in-one foot strengthening tool called the AFX Ankle Foot maXimizer.  “Those imbalance can affect their performace and be a major source of injury.”

To read the complete article from the Globe & Mail please click here: G&MAugust14

Medco Sports Medicine Carrying AFX

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Burnaby, BC – Progressive Health Innovations Inc. (PHI), manufacturer of the Ankle Foot maXimizer (AFX), is pleased to announce its distribution agreement with Medco Sports Medicine. Medco, the widely recognized division of Patterson Medical, is the largest supplier of medical products to athletic trainers in the United States.

PHI President and CEO Matt Ferguson said, “We are very excited to partner with Medco in this important capacity. Medco has a highly knowledgeable sales team across the United States, backed by wide catalog distribution. Medco also provides valuable conveniences that include 24/7 online ordering and same-day shipping. This combination of an experienced sales force, personal service and around-the-clock sales support will significantly support PHI’s sales growth in 2011 and 2012.”

To read the complete press release please click here: Medco press release 2011

Trainers Choice Chooses AFX

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Port Moody, BC – Progressive Health Innovations Inc. (PHI), manufacturer of the AFX – Ankle Foot maXimizer, is pleased to announce the completion of a distribution deal with Trainers Choice, Canada’s number one sport medicine product supplier.

“In addition to being an official supplier to organizations such as Hockey Canada, Canadian Athletic Trainers Association (CATA), and NHL Alumni, they also sell products through leading national retailers such as Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, and Pharmasave,” said Matt Ferguson, PHI President and CEO. “Trainers Choice is ideally positioned to help us sell the AFX to both clinical and retail markets across Canada.”

Heather Campbell, Athletic Therapist and Customer Service Manager of Trainers Choice is very excited about adding AFX to their product line. She states, “Trainers Choice built its business and reputation of developing products that are influenced by in-clinic practice. AFX is an excellent example of a product developed with that same understanding, providing a complete, easy-to-use foot and ankle strengthening solution for practitioners, patients and athletes.”

To read the complete press release, please click here: Trainers Choice release

Video Interview: Ankle Foot Strength – Not Just for Athletes

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This morning, Bob “Kingpin” Eres spoke to Matt Ferguson, founder & CEO of AFX, Ankle Foot MaXimizer about his company’s innovative product that’s been designed to strengthen the foot & ankle. The point of this exercise equipment is to use high quality materials to deliver a work out to both the foot & ankle from a seated position. It is intended for use by both professional athletes, physical therapists and even the average couch potato. Unlike traditional bands used in therapy, the product is made of higher quality materials used by therapists and is better at producing a full range of motion workout.

Professional athletes have found that they’ve improved their balance, agility and jumping after working with the equipment. So, whether you have suffered a sprained ankle or want to avoid one, check out this video on the all inclusive equipment that can improve your flexibility & prevent or treat Achilles’ tendon, shin splints & sprains.

To watch the complete video interview please click here:  Ankle Foot Strength: Not Just for Athletes

Fitness Town to carry AFX in BC and Alberta

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011


Port Moody, BC – Progressive Health Innovations Inc. is pleased to announce that the AFX is now available at Fitness Town locations in Greater Vancouver and Alberta.

“The injury prevention and athletic performance markets represent incredible opportunities for AFX, and we are partnering with best-in-class companies that have the expertise to help consumers make informed decisions” said Matt Ferguson, Progressive Health’s President and CEO. “Working with Fitness Town to serve these markets is great because of the passion and depth of knowledge the entire organization has about healthy living. From senior management to each sales associate, they walk the talk.”

Dai Manuel, Chief of Operations for Fitness Town, see’s tremendous opportunity for the AFX. “In the last year barefoot running, minimalist shoes, and ‘shaper shoes’ have raised people’s awareness of the importance of feet and ankles. But the one critical piece that is missing is a product that strengthens the entire foot and ankle through the complete range of motion. AFX provides this piece and will be an excellent addition to our product line.”

To read the complete press release please click here:  FT-AFX press release

AFX Available at SportMed Retail Locations

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

For Immediate Release:  January 25, 2011

Port Moody, BC – Progressive Health Innovations Inc. is pleased to announce that the AFX is now available at all SportMed locations in the lower mainland.

“SportMed has been a strong supporter of the AFX, from feedback on our earliest prototypes, to helping us connect with key people in the local sports medicine community” said Matt Ferguson, Progressive Health’s President and CEO. “Being able to sell the AFX through an organization so well-known for carrying the newest and most innovative products, is a great opportunity for our Company.”

Dale Harris, President of SportMed Retail Group, is also excited about carrying the AFX in his stores. “We’ve witnessed first-hand the incredible amount of work that Matt and his team have put in to creating the best foot and ankle strengthening product on the market. The AFX will fundamentally change how people strengthen their feet and ankles, and we are happy to continue playing a role in helping them to succeed.”

The SportMed Retail Group joins FitterFirst and Collins Sports Medicine as retailers / distributors who will be carrying the AFX in North America.

To read the complete press release please click here:  Sportmed AFX press release