Kinetic Integrations (KI) is a model designed to serve exercise, performance and health care professionals to correct movement dysfunctions while alleviating disability seen in individuals recovering from injury, inactivity, repetitive movement and improper movement patterns. Kinetic Integrations changes problems of overwhelming complexity into components that are manageable through the application of the Kinetic Integrations Guidelines. Kinetic Integrations provides tools to assist in the repair and prevention of impairments; improve, restore and enhance physical function; and prevent or reduce health-related risk factors, while optimizing overall health and performance.
The current and future client, athlete or patient will be overweight, inactive, had previous injuries or pains, and is in need of a safe progressive exercise program. Because of this, the health, exercise and performance industry can expect an explosive growth in the need for professionals that are trained in the Kinetic Integrations system.
Early in my career as a nurse, I realized that all my patients had the same goal: To return or exceed their functional level. Soon I also noticed that all these individuals had one thing in common and that is movement dysfunctions. Because of their lifestyle or an injury, they were moving differently – in fact, they were compensating to continue their tasks at hand. It was their movement dysfunctions that became their limiting factors to obtain their goals and not their lack of effort or their type of injury.
Later on, during my career in professional baseball, I noticed that these dysfunctional movement patterns were predictable in nature and related to the body complex that was involved. It was also there that I noticed that repetitive movements, such as pitching a baseball, also resulted in predictable movement dysfunctions. Working at Oregon State University two other population groups stuck out with the same problem, those that moved or trained improperly and those that wanted to become more active after living a sedentary lifestyle. All showed the same dysfunctional patterns; the inactive started moving improperly and caused themselves an injury while others trained themselves into a dysfunctional pattern also ending up with an injury. No matter where they started within the injury – movement dysfunction – injury cycle, once the dysfunctions were resolved, their symptoms and limitations disappeared and they were able to obtain their goals without a problem. When I discovered that these patterns were predictable and correcting them was possible with great success, the idea of Kinetic Integrations was born.
Kinetic Integrations Exercise Professional (KIEP) services started originally at Oregon State University (OSU) in 2003 under the name of Safe Return Personal Trainers. Since its success, Safe Recovery was founded to take this model into the private sector under the name Kinetic Integrations (KI). Since its success at OSU, serving thousands of individuals the KI methodology has been presented and successfully applied all over the United States as well as Canada, Taiwan, South Korea and Europe.
Guido Van Ryssegem is the owner of Safe Recovery. He has been in clinical practice for 37 years and has been working in the strength and conditioning arena for 29 years. Guido has a wide range of expertise including his own movement restoration model, movement variability, dynamic systems theory, and applied motor control and motor learning strategies that he presents on worldwide. He is a guest lecturer at international universities and organizations such as EXOS and Perform Better. Guido is the founder of the China Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Academy private school. He has published collaborative research, and presented for and served the NATA, NSCA and ACSM organizations. Guido has practiced for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, the Baltimore Orioles and Oregon State University.