The PSP Reconditioning Program supports Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members as they recover from illness or injury through customized exercise, training plans, and access to adapted sports/recreational activities. The Reconditioning Program is designed to help ill and injured members as they recover, support them in returning to active duties, and improve their quality of life as quickly and safely as possible.
PSP Reconditioning Program
Support during your recovery
The PSP Reconditioning Program builds upon the principles established by the CF Health and Physical Fitness Strategy – a roadmap for improving the fitness of the CAF as a whole – and the individualized care for the ill and injured provided through the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) and the CF Rehabilitation Program. The PSP Reconditioning Program works in partnership with the JPSU, Soldier On, and CF Health Services, all of whom provide dedicated support to soldiers recovering from illnesses and injuries. This shared approach ensures a seamless transition between physical rehabilitation and physical fitness reconditioning, which is crucial to developing personnel’s functional independence and returning to active duties.
The PSP Reconditioning Program is delivered on CAF bases and wings by Regional Adapted Fitness Specialists (RAFS), who work directly with severely ill and injured personnel who are posted to each of the eight Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) sub-units across the country. The RAFS also work in close partnership with Physical Exercise Specialists (PES), who work with less severely ill and injured personnel. The partnership between health and fitness professionals on the base ensures smooth transitions for personnel during all phases of recovery.
RAFS and PES are critical parts of the Return to Work coordination team. There is a network of eight RAFS and 32 PES available to support ill and injured personnel in CF communities across the country. By providing customized fitness training plans, these specialists are able to support CAF members in regaining functional abilities, and work with them to achieve the high level of physical fitness required to be operationally ready and effective members of the military.
While the PSP Reconditioning Program provides seamless, consistent services, it is also designed to recognize that no two paths to recovery are the same. The PSP Reconditioning Program is flexible and adaptable to support each military member in achieving their personal fitness and health goals, and may include participation in health promotion activities, fitness training sessions, sports, recreation, Soldier On activities, and other community activities. Each plan takes into consideration the participant’s comfort level with different activities, physical capabilities, and access to equipment and programs on base as well as in the community.
Rehabilitation for Performance (R4P)
Musculoskeletal (MSK) dysfunctions are consistently the most common injury reported by CAF personnel. A large number of these annual injuries are believed to be exacerbations of previously treated injuries. Of note, MSK injuries are the primary cause for medical releases in the CAF (55%).
Rehabilitation for Performance (R4P) was created as an effective and efficient solution to the MSK epidemic within the CAF. It is purposely designed to provide graduated, phasic, and quadrant-specific exercise programming for CAF personnel of all environments. The
R4P comprises the following three region-specific programs
Upper Quadrant (U-R4P). Designed for retraining cervicothoracic region and shoulder. Upper region challenges are closed kinetic chain loading, pull up, throw, and overhead press.
Lower Q uadrant (L-R4P).Designed for re-training knee, ankle, and foot dysfunctions. Lower region challenges are balance, proprioception, speed, agility, quickness, and power including starting/stopping, acceleration/deceleration, cutting, hopping, bounding, and plyometrics.
Spine (S-R4P). Designed for retraining thoracolumbar, hip, and top-down knee dysfunctions (i.e. patellofemoral pain syndrome and iliotibial band syndrome). Spinal challenges are squat, deadlift, push, and pull.
For more information please contact:
Regional Adapted Fitness Specialist (RAFS)
Physical Exercise Specialist (PES)