Final Project - First Week Conclusion

 

I started my first week by looking into different medical conditions that lead to physiotherapyand discovered many interesting products and concepts that are related to my still broad topic of: movement tracking in the medical and sports sector, micro adjustments, position correction, prevention and body awareness. I collected the most interesting projects and concepts in my notebook and wrote down the most interesting thoughts around them. Some of them are:
- detect bad motion before it leads to problems
- pinpoint the body position over time
- a device that not only leads you, but also learns about you, your habits, problems, strength etc.
- a composition of small smart objects that change their position or arrangement depending on  
  you
- visualising movement in e.g. a video that you can play back and that you can translate into data
  yourself in the way it is most meaningful to you

On Friday I met my advisor Jakob, who works at CIID. This is the first time he is advising projects, but I think we are both motivated and excited. We talked through my plan for the coming 7 weeks and talked about general organisational things more than specific questions so far.

On Sunday I had my first two interviews - a physiotherapist and a personal trainer. It was very interesting to see that both shared very common opinions on many subjects I was asking them about. Two more interviews followed this week. One of them was with another personal trainer, momentarily developing an app called FitBirds in the CIID Incubator. Some of his views were not necessarily according to the other personal trainer and the physiotherapist, but I am sure they will help me to look at things critically. Today I finally had the first interview with a person on the other side of the treatment/work out: a (ex)patient. 
I think it is very important to understand both sides before narrowing down on one topic/idea/concept. I would like to share the most interesting quotes I got from the interviews here:

1st INTERVIEW - PHYSIOTHERAPIST

"It is like being Sherlock Holmes during the treatment, you write down indications, you write down offenders, you start developing a feeling for what is wrong - it is hard to describe."

"The therapy and its result is a common product."

"Mostly "healthy people" come."

"Everything that is one-sided will revenge one day."

"80% of patients don`t do their exercises."

"The world has become too static."

2nd INTERVIEW - PERSONAL TRAINER FROM GERMANY

"There are things you can do to partly prevent injuries, but most people don`t do anything. They scream when they have problems, but before that they don`t do anything."

"Not a single golfer warms up."

"It`s important to operate to full capacity but not more than that."

"Do something to get sick" vs. "What keeps us healthy?"

"The quality of movement is important."

3rd INTERVIEW - PERSONAL TRAINER FROM DENMARK

"The biggest risk is not doing anything."

"You can mess up easily in any sport, but if you move controlled it`s hard to mess up."

"Optimal position for the body and for success match up nicely."

"The whole thing of slowly and naturally building up is difficult for people."

"The fact itself that you can do something, does not mean it is good for you to do."

4rd INTERVIEW - PATIENT FROM THE UNITED STATES

"Streching never became a habit."

"When I did exercises it was because I was in pain - it was a quick fix."

"I knew if I don`t do the exercises it will be permanent."

"The relationship to the risk/danger was missing."

"We all know we should wear a helmet while biking, but most people don`t. It is similar with smoking."