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Protector's Shield Preventative Services

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An ounce of Prevention...


The Unshielded Sergeant              
Sgt. Stone always knew a horrible day like this was a possibility.  But even though he expected it, he was not prepared for getting shot and also seeing his friend die in front of him.  Sure, he had some education that is given to everyone in his profession, but with how intense his emotions were, he couldn’t remember any of the lectures he received when he first joined the force.  Flashbacks were the only thoughts that seemed to stay in his mind. The symptoms of trauma barely decreased, even with time.  He could not shake that image out of his head.  He struggled both in counseling and in physical therapy.  It was hard to find motivation and he seemed to only be able to focus on the pain.  He eventually returned to work, but he could not find any satisfaction with it.  Since it was a constant reminder of his friend’s death, he eventually left his career he used to love.  The nightmares didn’t go away, and the physical pain became chronic.  Sgt Stone was never able to fully recover.  

The Protected Protector
Sgt. Stone always knew he could see this day.   But his company not only provided education, they had implemented Protector’s Shield’s program to prepare him.  The death of his best friend and the injury were still unexpected, but so is every tragedy.  We don’t wear a seat belt because we plan to be in a tragedy, we wear one for the unexpected.  For this reason,  Protector's Shield had trained Sgt Stone's body and mind to protect himself from this unexpected day.  He developed mental and physical habits that were fresh and ready to help him for a day we hope never happens.               
The symptoms of trauma still existed (they always do), but he was able to control the symptoms enough that he never really needed to go see a counselor.  He had occasional flash backs, but his trained reaction from the program was able to help him ground himself back to the present.  Once grounded, he was able to find reasons and acceptance of the trauma, and the trauma became a positive motivator for Sgt. Stone to improve his own life.  This was a huge motivator for him in physical therapy.  His body also had a head start in physical therapy because he was able to keep himself in shape before the incident and he was able to recover completely and return to work without any restrictions.  He was able to completely recover – both physically and emotionally.   

“Military, First Responders, and other professionals who put themselves in harm’s way are the first line of defense and make that sacrifice to protect us.  But by sacrificing for the good of society,  they experience more trauma so the general population doesn’t have to.  Our goal is to give back by providing the most efficient trauma prevention and mental and physical resiliency program to those who serve our community and country.  Protector's Shield goal is not only to help save the lives of those who serve us, but help them to save lives of those they serve by improving their overall performance and satisfaction in their career.”   

Protector's Shield offers a full body and mind preventative training program to service members (First responders, Military, ER staff, etc).  We will go to your company and teach the service members ways to improve resiliency in their own life.  Each person will develop an individualized preventative training program with Protectors Shield.  By incorporating this training program into their daily lives, they will develop a body and mind to not only protect themselves from physical and mental trauma, but to also better help those they serve.  In other words: Protector's Shield goal is not only to potentially help save the lives of those who serve us, but help them to save lives of those they serve.

Why Protector's Shield
Two brothers -- one a physical therapist, one a mental therapist -- saw the problems facing those who risk their lives for us and realized that addressing trauma after experiencing trauma and only addressing trauma through one perspective was depriving our men and women in uniform the best quality of life that they deserve. Because of their desire to help service members by providing the most efficient care possible, these brothers teamed up and combined their expertise to create a program to beat trauma;  To not only heal and overcome physical and emotional injuries, but also prevent them from occurring in the first place.

The Protector's Shield Difference
Protector’s Shield is not a typical exercise or wellness program.  Any fitness program can help improve your body, but this program was designed by clinical professionals specifically to help reduce the risk of injury both physically and mentally.  
Protector’s Shield is not a generic exercise program.  We understand that each person is different.  We each have different backgrounds, problems, and solutions.  Protector’s Shield understands that.  Each participant receives their own personalized preventative program to maximize their chance of success. 


Our service members today:
  • 20% of all veterans are diagnosed with PTSD      
  • An average of 22 Veterans commit suicide every day.
  • Up to 15% of casualties in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq were the result of suicidal behavior and completed suicide.
  • Someone diagnosed with PTSD is 11 times more likely to receive a less-than honorable discharge from the military and receive no care afterwords.
  • Recruits who are not prepared physically and emotionally cost the military 1.8 billion dollars every year.
  • 70% of medically non-deployable soldiers have preventable musculoskeletal injuries  
  • 60% of those who fail out of basic training do so because of the lack of mental strength.  37% fail basic training for injuries 
  • Anxiety and adjustment disorder are the most common reason soldiers seek out psychiatric care      
  • The military spends 1.1 billion dollars per year to treat problems related to obesity.    
  • Around 10% of active duty soldiers are medically not deployable due to being on profile for a muscular skeletal injury.  
  • An unhealthy soldier is 1.5 times as likely to get injured in combat.   

How Protector's Shield can help our Military:
  • Reduce the risk of failing basic training by 63%
  • Up to 68% reduced risk of on the job injury
  • Improve physical fitness test scores by an average of 39 points.
  • 16% higher retention.     
  • 40% improvement of productivity. 
  • 70% improvement in work satisfaction.  
  • 28% less sick leave and absences  
  • 19% reduction of absences


FIRST RESPONDERS (Police, Firemen, EMTs)
  • 85% of the first responders had experienced symptoms related to mental health issues.
  • 1/3 of first responders have PTSD 
  • 80-90% of first responders experience trauma. 
  • 10x more likely to attempt suicide than general population. 
  • 10% of first responders are not at work due to an injury.  (costing the average company $5000 per person every year)
  • 50% of first responders are forced to retire early because of an injury.      

How Protector's Shield can help our First Responders:   
For every dollar invested into a health program like Protector’s shield, your business can save on average of three dollars on annual medical expenses. Which include: 
    •  28% less sick leave and associated absences, saving a company $1,400 per year per person.
    • $400 in annual savings the company gains on employer provided health insurance rate      
    • Up to 68% reduced risk of on-the-job injuries.
    • 19% reduction of absences 
    • Improve Shooting Accuracy, self-defense, and communication in a stressful situation by 10-17%
    • Reduce the risk of mis-identifying a threat. 
    • Increase suspect cooperation.
    • Reduces the risk of making decisions that can lead to disciplinary actions by 50%.
    • Improve public image      
    • $1500 less money spent on health costs per year by the employee 
    • Reduce the risk of failing academy training by 63%
    • 16% higher retention.     
    • 40% improvement of productivity. 
    • 70% improvement in work satisfaction.  


  • 27% of those diagnosed with PTSD attempt suicide
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for our service members
  • Less than half of those with PTSD seek help.   
  • 33% of scheduled clinical visits, the patient no showed.  
  • Trauma-related issues are the number one reason service members do not complete their career.   
  • It is significantly more difficult learning healthy coping skills after a trauma.       

The cost of post-trauma Treatment: 
  • Psychological treatment: $2500-$4000 average cost for 6-month treatment + the time lost for partial or complete administrative leave.   
  • Physical therapy:  $3000-$6000 average for 6-month treatment + the time lost for partial to complete administrative leave.  Plus possible surgery        

How Protector's Shield can protect someone from trauma
  • 26% reduced risk of suicidal ideation and action.
  • 60% reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms.      
  • 5 times less likely to have a head injury develop into TBI 
  • 4 times less likely to have a trauma develop into PTSD 


Investing in resiliency  with Protector's Shield:
  • Protector's shield can cost less than $100/month per person for the 6 month program (contact us for exact pricing).
  • On top of the potential savings of reducing treatment (which can total over $10,000), Protectors Shield can save an employer $1800 per year and the employee $1500 a year! That is a total saving of $3300 for a $600 program!    

  • Treating trauma is good, but preventing trauma is 4 times more effective
  • Treating PTSD with just mental therapy is good, but combining it with improving the physical body is over two times more effective and cuts treatment time in half time.
  • Treating the physical symptoms of trauma is good, but addressing the mental aspects of physical trauma is 20% more effective 
Going to another program is fine, but the integration, collaboration, and specialization of the Protector’s Shield’s program makes it one of the most effective program available! 

  Protector’s Shield considers confidentiality to be of the utmost importance.  We will keep all information private and will not share any information with out the express written consent of the client.  This information will never be made public and no one will have access to it besides the staff members who are directly involved with working with the client.  To continue to preserve confidentiality, any statistical information of program progression will have all identifying information removed.
Because protector’s shield is a preventative program we will not reveal anything that could limit a client’s ability to serve in their career.  If any client comes in with a concern, this concern will not be reported to the client’s supervisor.  If a client would like additional services for any current issue, this information will be kept only between the client and their therapist and will not be reported to anyone else without the client’s express written consent. For more information on client confidentiality, please refer to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations.
The purpose of the program is to reduce the risk of a peacekeeper requiring a fit-for-duty assessment.  We do not do fit-for-duty assessments and will not determine or give an opinion if a peacekeeper is not able to complete their service. 
Protector’s Shield is committed to not report anyone who comes in for service to any Red-Flag gun confiscation program or law.      


About the Founders of Protector's shield:

  • Nathan Pond, CMHC, CPT 
 Clinical mental health Counselor, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Prevention Specialist.  Also owner of:

Nathan is also a US Army Veteran and Military Policeman.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Psychology and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling.  Nate has always been a fitness enthusiast.  He played college soccer all four years of college and was a captain for three of those years.  He has set NCAA records in goalkeeping, was voted as player of the year, he even had opportunities to tryout professionally.  Nate also enjoys writing, archery, and everything outdoors and cherishes any time with his wife, five children, and dog.

  •   Derek Pond, PT, DPT, CSCS
 Physical Therapist, Doctor in Physical Therapy, Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Also owner of:

Derek is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, graduating from Western University of Health Sciences.  Derek earned his Bachelors from Utah Valley University in Biology with a Minor in Exercise Science and a Minor in Community Health Education.  De

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