By Michael Aguilar, President, Innocorp, Ltd.
For more than twenty years, Innocorp has invested financial and creative resources into developing interactive and engaging tools to help advocates for traffic safety educate others on the dangers of impaired driving. In addition to alcohol impairment simulation, our product lines have expanded to include concussion awareness, marijuana impairment modeling, drowsy and distracted driving simulation, and now our latest creation, opioid impairment simulation. These tools help our customers reach critical audiences to inform and persuade their choices that can have life or death consequences.
For many years, a significant part of our customer base has been law enforcement. We recognize the incredible stresses law enforcement encounters daily, from the challenges brought on by the pandemic to calls for defunding. To help address the impact these stresses have on officer wellness, Innocorp is adding a health and wellness program specifically designed for people in security services and law enforcement. The product is a mobile app called Tactical Functional Training® (TFT) developed by experts in officer fitness. It provides health and wellness instruction in the form of short video vignettes that guide officers in a daily routine of mobility fitness, nutrition, and motivational content.
Tactical Functional Training and the 8 Dimensions of Wellness
Injuries can plague law enforcement officers due to the high pressure and physical demands of their profession. Agencies are looking to wellness strategies like the one defined by the 8 dimensions of wellness to help officers cope with these chronic stressors, Table 1.
Tactical Functional Training® (TFT) is a program designed to improve officers’ fitness and wellbeing while reduced job-related injuries. TFT’s fitness protocol is unique and addresses several of the 8 wellness dimensions. Idiosyncrasies of the law enforcement job make certain areas of an officer’s body particularly susceptible to injury. TFT focuses on increasing officers’ physical mobility, especially the vulnerable areas, as the first step toward overall fitness and conditioning. TFT also addresses nutritional, emotional, and motivational aspects of wellness, as conveyed by veteran police officers and their overall fitness and wellness perspectives.
Increased wellness results in reducing job-related injuries and an increase in physical, emotional, and occupational wellbeing. TFT aims to help law enforcement officers become their best physical selves and be more productive in their professional and personal lives.
|Table 1. Overview of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness|
|Dimension of Wellness||Definition|
|1. Occupational wellness||Ability to contribute unique skills to personally meaningful and rewarding paid or unpaid work|
|2. Social wellness||Ability to form and maintain positive personal and community relationships|
|3. Intellectual wellness||Commitment to lifelong learning through the continual acquisition of skills and knowledge|
|4. Physical wellness||Commitment to self-care through regular participation in physical activity, healthy eating, and appropriate health care utilization|
|5. Emotional wellness||Ability to acknowledge personal responsibility for life decisions and their outcomes with emotional stability and positivity|
|6. Spiritual wellness||Finding purpose, value, and meaning in your life with or without organized religion. Participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values|
|7. Environmental wellness||Refers to one’s relationship to their surroundings that affect humans’ wellness|
|8. Financial wellness||Is your relationship with money and skills in managing resources|
Source: Adapted from “The Six Dimensions of Wellness Model,” by W. Hettler (1976). Copyright 2004 by the National Wellness Institute.
For more information about Tactical Functional Training, visit https://www.fatalvision.com/product/tactical-functional-training/