As posted on the CrossFit Forum December 14, 2011…
I am a family physician and CF- L1 trainer. I have been The opportunity to make a real impact by providing a simple, functional and straight-forward approach to health.exploring the idea of combining both of my passions
under the same roof. The two businesses would be separate entities, but united in the purpose of promoting health and a healthy lifestyle.
Please let me know what you think! Would you and your family be interested in this health care model? Any challenges you may foresee?
-Jeremy M. Draper, M.D., CF-L1
- Synergy: Synergy may be defined as two or more things functioning together to produce a result not independently obtainable.
- “Done right, fitness provides a great margin of protection against the ravages of time and disease… A fitness regimen that does not support health is not CrossFit.” (What is Fitness?, CrossFit Training Guide page 18)
- The opportunity to focus on all areas of the Sickness-Wellness-Fitness continuum, not just sickness.
- Both Family Medicine and CrossFit are broad, general, and inclusive:
- Family medicine is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages. It is a division of primary care that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, sexes, diseases, and parts of the body. It is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. The American Academy of Family Physician’s vision is to transform health care to achieve optimal health for everyone.
- “The fitness that CrossFit advocates is deliberately broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness, and on average, punish the specialist.” (What is Fitness?, CrossFit Training Guide page 18)
- Opportunity to participate in “Forging the Future of Fitness” by implementing CrossFit Kids. A proactive approach to childhood obesity and an inactive, sedentary lifestyle.
- The CrossFit view is that fitness and health are the same thing. In combination CrossFit and Family Medicine can work to minimize side effects, while maximizing side benefits: “It is also interesting to notice that the health professional maintains your health with drugs and surgery each with potentially undesirable side effects whereas the CrossFit Coach typically achieves a superior result always with “side benefit” vs. “side effect” (CrossFit Training Guide page 8).
- Health can now be concisely and precisely defined as increased work capacity across broad time, modal, and age domains. The CrossFit prescription for achieving this fitness is: “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.”
- The potential for the CrossFit Diet Prescription to positively impact a patient’s life is enormous. The prescription for treating and preventing diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and countless others is the same: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
- The opportunity to make a real impact by providing a simple, functional and straight-forward approach to health. (What is Fitness?, CrossFit Training Guide page 18). The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”