Movement Health is the ability to move freely without pain, limitations, or uncontrolled movement. The definition is simple to understand. The complex systems that make us move are harder to fathom. It's tempting to isolate musculoskeletal (MSK) anatomy, but all systems—including the nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems—contribute to how humans experience movement.
Organizations Lack Data and Systems to Make Sense of Movement Disorders
Whether you are fit, unfit, an elite athlete, or working at a desk, you will likely find yourself injured, in pain, or at Physical Therapy at some point. Unlike Type II Diabetes or heart disease, Movement Health risk factors are largely up for debate and are not exclusive to a specific population.
The complexity of the problem and lack of consensus among professionals calls for a big-data approach. E-commerce, streaming services, and industrial manufacturing have big data at their core. It's now primed to advance the Movement Health space.
Wearable technology, through big data, has fostered understanding and improvement of certain health conditions. Still, it cannot capture the crucial information that lies within—not simply how much people are moving, but how they are moving.
It's time to move beyond shallow, segmented, non-standardized data assets.