‘COVID-19 May Have Paused High IQ Academy, But Not the Athletes in Us’ – Dr. Ju Hearn
By Space Coast Daily // April 20, 2020
The U.S. currently has over 585,000 known cases of Coronavirus with a 4% fatality rate. The virus has claimed over 23,000 lives making the spread something we all need to work together to prevent.
With a potential vaccine over a year away, social distance measures are a significant part of combating the spread.
“Our bodies want to move naturally, and this time is challenging for athletes, but I hope to impress upon our community and our student-athletes in general that this is bigger than athletics,” explains sports performance trainer Dr. Ju Hearn.
“This is about keeping our communities healthy and safe.”
With the ongoing crisis COVID-19 is causing in our country and our communities, Dr. Ju Hearn has launched the “360 Active Recovery” app for personal training, including a telecommunications program for physical therapy.
With aggressive shelter-in-place orders extended into the near future for most states, Dr. Hearn knew that it would be essential to help get physical therapy and training into people’s homes safely and effectively.
He was able to accomplish that by launching the app that can be accessed anywhere.
While 360 Active Recovery is located in Chicago, the facility created an app that is available to any athlete regardless of location.
They are known as the number one boot camp facility in Chicago, and now thousands nationwide can see why. “We believe in a holistic approach to top performance,” states Dr. Hearn.
“Right now, that approach includes finding the safest ways for our community to work out, which is why we are offering an unlimited package of live workouts streamed right at home on people’s personal devices.
Keeping athletes out of the gym is the safest thing to do for our community, but it doesn’t mean the workouts have to stop. Keep your distance and keep it safe.”
While Dr. Hearn can operate 360 Active Recovery virtually, the hardest thing for him was pausing the High IQ Academy at this time.
A Chicago-based non-profit that works to educate empower, and inspire high school athletes, the High IQ Academy focuses on developing the intellect and strength of basketball athletes on and off the court.
“That is why I worked so hard to launch some programs online through 360 Active Recovery,” says Dr. Hearn.
“What I want to tell my student-athletes is while this is a very challenging time, we can take this time to regroup, outline our goals, and plan out the future.”
Dr. Hearn is working hard to keep that community mindset during this time of social distancing by reaching athletes virtually. COVID-19 may have disrupted our day-to-day, but it doesn’t need to disrupt our future.
Dr. Hearn believes we can keep a definite focus on what’s next so that we all come out of this stronger together.
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