In today’s society, technology is the first tool we all find ourselves reaching for to improve our lives. Three years ago, one of my clients introduced me to CoachNow, an online documentation platform for coaches and athletes, and I was immediately hooked. I soon discovered the benefits of this interactive tool that allows trainers and clients to collaborate and share data online in real time. Not long after that, we started implementing CoachNow into our No Limits Collaborative team.

In 2015, I co-founded a nonprofit organization called No Limits Collaborative with three friends, including two physical therapists, and a client with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Our mission is to provide individuals living with spinal cord injuries access to high-quality physical therapy, rehabilitative services, and wellness programs, while building community through support, advocacy, research, and education.

How does No Limits Collaborative use CoachNow?

Each trainer and client is given access to a shared training space within CoachNow where they can upload and share various forms of media including videos, photos, and progress notes. Unlike your typical coaching and athlete relationship, you may find on CoachNow where the athlete has 1-2 coaches, our clients’ training spaces can include 3-6 “coaches” including Pilates instructors, personal trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, family members, and caregivers. This collaborative feature of CoachNow is critical for our clients to be able to work with multiple practitioners in several different venues. This allows the trainers and clients to track workouts, celebrate successes, and collaborate together to assure that everyone is knowledgeable about the client’s goal and their ongoing progress.

CoachNow also serves as an accountability and engagement tool for my clients. After each session, I post exercise notes, videos, and pictures for my clients to review so we can collaborate on what did and didn’t work. Based on feedback that I receive from clients and other trainers, I’m able to constantly iterate and improve our training sessions.

Rachel Kahn received a B.S. degree from UC Davis in Exercise Biology in 2012. After graduation, Rachel worked as a Physical Therapy Aide both locally and abroad. In 2013, Rachel traveled to South America to work with pediatric clients suffering from neurological and physical conditions where she discovered her passion in working with this population. She then worked at a gym specifically designed for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). In 2015, Rachel became a founding member of No Limits Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources, physical therapy, rehabilitative services, wellness programs, and education to people living with SCI and other neurological conditions. It was around this time she also discovered Pilates at Absolute Center in Lafayette, California and started the Absolute Endeavor program, a Pilates-based program specifically for people with SCI. Rachel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is a Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body. Subscribe to No Limits Collaborative’s newsletter, and find us on Facebook, or Instagram (@nolimitscollaborative). You can also share your thoughts with Rachel at rachel@nolimitscollaborative.org, or find her on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Sources:
Myers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists. Elsevier,2014.