"WHAT DO THEY do at TB12?”
My neighbors and relatives have started asking me this question when they learn I work for TB12. They've heard the TB12 Method is key to how Tom Brady prevents injuries and continues to improve performance, but are unclear on the details. In one instance, I was able to answer with a story I’d heard about a self-employed house painter.
The painter, about 50 years old, had done some work on my mother-in-law’s house. He was struggling with chronic knee pain so debilitating it was threatening his livelihood. He went to see a doctor and the doctor ordered an MRI. After viewing the MRI, the doctor told the painter: “Your knee is normal. You’re just getting older. There’s nothing you can do.” The painter was billed $2,200 to hear that he should forget about reclaiming pain-free mobility because he was "getting older." I imagined how incredulous a TB12 Body Coach would be to hear this conclusion. I knew from personal experience that they would approach this kind of problem with a positive outlook and a large toolbox.
What do they do at a TB12 Performance & Recovery Center?
They solve health and performance problems like the one the painter faced. TB12 Body Coaches see plenty of athletes, but also many non-athletes of all ages and backgrounds. The Body Coaches I’ve come to know would never tell anyone that age could get in the way of doing what they love. If the painter visited a TB12 Center, he would spend the 90 minutes of his initial consultation working one-on-one with a Body Coach. That Body Coach would search for the root cause of his pain, assessing his tissue health, body imbalances, mobility restrictions, and movement patterns.
Next, the Body Coach would begin working with the painter to achieve pain-free mobility. The Body Coach might begin with deep-force muscle pliability work, then follow it up with personalized functional strength & conditioning exercises. The TB12 Method is a comprehensive approach, so the Body Coach would also provide guidance regarding optimal hydration and anti-inflammatory nutrition. All of this would help the painter restore pliability and enable the pain-free mobility he needs for his job and wants for his life.
The painter’s work with the Body Coach would go beyond his symptoms and rehab. It would extend into “prehab.” Prehab is the process of thinking proactively about what to do when healthy — to help prevent future injury and break the chronic injury cycle that acts as a revolving door to rehab.
How to Prevent Injuries Through Prehab
In The TB12 Method, Tom Brady says that shifting from rehab to prehab — a shift he began in 2004 — has been critical for his longevity in the NFL. “I replaced injury and rehab with pliability and prehab. I began to take preventative measures against being in pain, or getting hurt, rather than waiting to get hurt before I did something about it.” Kyle McCrobie, a TB12 Body Coach and licensed physical therapist, explained how traditional rehab typically falls short of an athlete’s need for prehab. “At a traditional physical therapy clinic, often they do more rehab than they do training,” he said. He explained that without a personalized functional strength & amp; conditioning component, it’s likely the treatment will fail to prevent injuries in the future. “And while a good personal trainer can help with strength, they generally don’t have enough of a deep understanding of the injuries or pathologies to fix the problem.
At TB12, we have both expertise in injuries and functional strength & conditioning. We bring it all together.” “I replaced injury and rehab with pliability and prehab. I began to take preventative measures against being in pain, or getting hurt, rather than waiting to get hurt before I did something about it.” — Tom Brady to underscore Kyle’s point, there’s a useful swimming pool analogy in the exercise world. In the analogy, the lifeguard is the medical doctor. When you’re drowning, you need the lifeguard, with his or her skill set, to save your life. But you don’t go to the lifeguard to learn how to swim or learn how to swim faster. You get swim lessons from a teacher or coach. You get the lessons to reduce the chances of needing a lifeguard.
Similarly, you may need someone other than your doctor to help you with the prevention of injury or disease; to reduce the likelihood that you’ll need the skills of a surgeon or medical doctor when your life is on the line. The same goes for wanting to improve performance. As Kyle mentioned, the TB12 Body Coach — with exceptional knowledge of functional strength & amp; conditioning and in-depth knowledge about the root causes of common injuries — is uniquely qualified to guide a client through effective prehab. Like TB12 Co-Founder and Body Coach Alex Guerrero helps Tom Brady continue to achieve greater levels of performance, the TB12 Body Coaches he’s trained are there to help you optimize performance as well. Prehab is the starting point.