As a company we’ve always trusted the opinion of our users, your feedback has allowed us to move forward and add new features in each release of our app. The most common area of user feedback so far relates to additional options for the programming of exercises.
The original aim for Rehab Guru was to provide a simple list of exercises that would replace the stickman drawing. However, our software has been embraced by a number of elite sports teams, large practices and private clinics that require more in-depth instructions, complex parameters and the ability to prescribe concurrent programs. We believe it would be foolish to try and solve this problem ourselves, our apps are a product of collaboration with our amazing community of therapists and exercise professionals, this is an open invitation to have your say in the future of Rehab Guru.
The aim of this post is to open up the subject of programming to you and offer a forum (using the comments section below) for you to suggest solutions to the advanced programming issue. We’ll facilitate the conversation with our own thoughts and experiences, however, you’re the experts working in this field day in day out, we really value your opinion. If we work as a community, together we can produce features that will truly improve your workflow and patient outcomes. We have listed some of our initial thoughts and hope they can be used to spark some discussion about how we move forwards.
If we work as a community, together we can produce features that will truly improve your workflow and patient outcomes
One school of thought is to map an exercise program against a calendar, so the patient can adhere to a date based exercise routine. This approach could provide you (the therapist) an interface where you can apply the exercise collection over a predefined date period. For example; you would set a program start date and duration thus providing you with a calendar grid to add exercises to. There is some concern over this method as a two week programme would have 14 individual boxes to fill. Whilst we would offer functions to ‘apply to all days’ and ‘add exercise to selected days’ etc there is still the worry that this fine degree of control could be a burden. Would you like this degree of control and date based prescriptions?
This proposal encourages the use of smaller collections of exercises to be followed in isolation at different times of the day or week. For example, a patient could be prescribed 3 separate programmes; 1 for strength, 1 for flexibility and another for sports specific training. Our concern with this method is the fragmentation of programmes, two programmes on alternate days may not be that complex, however adding more programmes could require an instruction manual so the patient knows program to follow and when it should be followed. This is our most common request, we’d love to hear how you envisage it working.
We’ve been tempted to swallow the whole of Matveyev and Bompa’s research and provide every conceivable option for programming and periodisation, however it’s likely to bring with it a serious increase in the complexity of our apps. For many users this many options and settings could be overwhelming, we like to keep our user interface as simple as possible and this approach could be a little overkill, but we could be wrong, what do you think to the bells and whistles approach?
One likely outcome is for us to remain flexible in our implementation of each of the above methods, starting with the most requested feature. Following this, we will follow the ‘progressive enhancement’ methodology that we use with all aspects of our apps, letting our community drive our feature development.
We can create anything our user’s desire, however we would like to get it right first time so your assistance (as always) is greatly appreciated. In our mission of creating the best exercise prescription software on the market, please give as much information in the comments section below and we’ll get working on it as soon as possible.