The tale of two service members:
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 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.
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). 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.
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OUTCOME WAS
THE PROGRAM USED BEFORE THE TRAGEDY.
“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 is a trauma prevention program designed
by clinical professionals to reduce the risk of TBI, PTSD, and permanent
injuries associated with a traumatic event. It also helps High-risk businesses improve work satisfaction, reduce on-the-job injuries and
improve employee retention.
Differentiation of Protector’s Shield.
Protector’s Shield is not a typical exercise or wellness
program. Any exercise program can help
improve your body, but this program was designed by clinical professionals specifically
to help reduce the risk of injury. Though
good at improving general health, fitness professionals do not have the
expertise to accurately create a personalized program to prevent specific
Protector’s Shield is not a
one-size-fits-all 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.
Protector’s Shield combines the
most effective clinical techniques for both the mind and body. By combining these two areas and also
focusing on the more effective route of preventing an injury over recovering
from one, Protector’s Shield’s program can be up to ten times more effective
than other programs!
Protector’s Shield can improve the companies of those who serve:
1. 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:
1. 28% less sick leave
2. Up to 68% reduced risk of on the job
3. 19% reduction of absences
4. A company would save $1,400 per year
per person just from less absences (with the average
income of $50,000 per year)
2. These companies can see improvements
as seen by:
1. 40% improvement of productivity.
2. 16% higher retention.
3. Along with benefits that go beyond on
1. 23% reduced risk of suicidal ideation
2. Over 50% reduction of any current
mental health issue.
3. 5 times less likely to have a head
injury turn into TBI
4. 4 times less likely to have a trauma
develop into PTSD
Remember: It is 3 times easier to
prevent a problem as it is to solve it.
1. 80% of applicants are turned down.
2. Cost of training a soldier: $150,000
3. Preparatory Fitness training programs
that don’t incorporate mental health did little to improve attrition rates.
4. Fail rate of soldiers going through
basic training. 12%
5. Military recruits an average of
100,000 people per year
6. Recruits who are not prepared
physically and emotionally cost the military 1.8 billion dollars every year.
7. 60% of women and 27% of men are
injured during basic training
8. The military spends 1.1 billion
dollars per year to treat problems related to obesity and overweight.
9. 60% of those who fail out of basic
training do so because of the lack of mental strength.
10. 37% fail basic training for
11. Anxiety and adjustment disorder are
the most common reason soldiers seek out psychiatric care
1. Around 10% of active duty soldiers
are medically not deployable due to being on profile for a muscular skeletal
2. Load carriage is a leading cause of
injuries while deployed
3. 25% of enlistees fail to finish their
4. 10% are less-than-honorable
5. 53% of those incarcerated for 10+
years at the military prison, Leavenworth, have been deployed to a combat zone.
6. Someone diagnosed with PTSD was 11
times more likely to receive a less-than honorable discharge and receive no
care for PTSD
7. An unhealthy soldier is 1.5 times as
likely to get injured in combat
8. Soldier are at most risk for suicide
the first year out of the military.
Predominance of mental health issues of service members
1. 20% of all veterans are diagnosed
2. Up to 15% of casualties in the wars
of Afghanistan and Iraq were the result of suicidal behavior and completed
3. 23% of soldiers who completed suicide
and 44% of those who attempted suicide had received outpatient therapy during the
from Protector’s Shield
On top of reducing all the
aforementioned statistics and the general benefit in the “Productivity
Stats.” The military can specifically
benefit from Protector’s Shield by:
1. Reduce the risk of failing basic training
2. Up to 68% reduced risk of on the job
3. 19% reduction of absences
4. 16% higher retention.
First responders and police Problems
1. Up to 85% of first responders
experience mental health issues
2. 1/3 are formally diagnosed with PTSD
3. 80-90% of first responders experience
4. 10x more likely to attempt suicide
than general population.
5. 5x higher symptoms of depression and
6. 10% of first responders are not at
work due to an injury (costing the average company $5000 per person every year).
7. 50% are forced to retire early
because of an injury.
8. 51% of resignations occur are
officers within the first 2 years showing a poor resiliency issues.
9. 10% turnover rate in 5 years
10. It costs $50,000-$100,000 to train a
11. 10% to 33% fail out rate of police
12. 1 in 10 of police officers are assaulted
on the job every year.
First Responder Solutions from Protector’s Shield
On top of reducing all the aforementioned statistics and the
general benefit in the “Productivity Stats.”
The military can specifically benefit from Protector’s Shield by:
1. Improve Shooting Accuracy,
self-defense, and communication in a stressful situation by 10-17%
2. Reduce the risk of mis-identifying a
3. Increase suspect cooperation.
4. Reduces the risk of making decisions
that can lead to disciplinary actions by 50%.
5. Improve public image
6. Reduce spending cost by 16% for
recruitment. Also Reducing the risk of
dropping out and/or failing police academy.
7. Reduce the risk of on-the-job injury
Pond, CMHC, CPT
Clinical mental health
Counselor, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Prevention Specialist. Also,
a mental health therapist and 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
Derek Pond, PT, DPT, CSCS
Therapist, Doctor in Physical Therapy, Strength and Conditioning
Specialist. Also, physical therapist and owner of:
Derek is a Doctor of
Physical Therapy, graduating from Western University of Health Sciences.
Derek earned his Bachelor’s from Utah Valley University in Biology with a
Minor in Exercise Science and a Minor in Community Health Education.
Derek has additional training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist, Niel Asher Technique, as well as training in vestibular rehab and
balance. In addition, Derek is a licensed Massage Therapist. Derek is fluent in American Sign Language