IPCS – a leader in pre-employment physical testing and return to work Physical Capability Evaluations (PCE®) as well as Physical Strength Risk Assessments (PSRA®) and Muscular Strength Assessments (MSA) – allows for placement of a healthier worker into physically demanding jobs, impacting your bottom line:

  • Reducing medical, workers’ compensation, pharmacy and disability claims
  • Decreasing lost-time
  • Increasing workforce efficiency, performance, injury prevention and safety

IPCS Assessments

As a conscientious employer, you need to ensure your workers’ functional ability and/or readiness to return to their jobs after an injury. IPCS can analyze their muscle groups via isokinetic muscle testing to make certain they are able to meet the physical demands of their position. Our isokinetic evaluation is the safest way to determine physical capability. During our unique evaluation, our muscle testing machines generate objective data in the form of a picture, which is then interpreted to determine if your employee can safely do his or her job.

  • IPCS correctly matches the physical capability of the worker to the physical demands of the job.
  • The force curve analysis and interpretation are precise and accurate.
  • The results are driven by data.

New Hires

The IPCS Physical Capability Evaluation (PCE®) is a pre-employment physical test for new hires that has a proven success record:

  • IPCS has presented four of its case studies at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meetings in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004. Each study has been published in abstract form in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise scientific journal. The studies compared injury data collected prior to the implementation of the IPCS physical capability evaluation program to injury data following the implementation of the IPCS program. In all cases, significant improvements in the client’s frequency and severity of injuries occurred.
  • Many of the IPCS case studies involve analyses that cover up to four years of intervention. These studies demonstrate that the effectiveness of the IPCS program is long term and not just a one time occurrence.
  • Data has been analyzed for clients in the retail distribution, railroad, airline, trucking (LTL and logistics), construction, manufacturing, food service distribution industries. As long as the job crafts are physically demanding, the IPCS knee-shoulder protocol has proven effective.
  • Further analysis of the IPCS data shows the impact the IPCS program is having on recommending a more fit person for physically demanding jobs. Since obesity is playing such a critical role in rising healthcare costs in industry today, this finding is significant.

The IPCS PCE® pre-or post-job offer evaluations have proven to be effective, reducing the incidence and severity of injuries to the shoulders, low back and knees and in many cases all types of injury prevention. Matching the worker to the job through individualized screening significantly reduces occupational injuries and associated costs. And the IPCS PCE® program is both EEOC and ADA compliant.

Return to Work

Most workers experience occupational injuries (either initially or re-occurring) on the job for two reasons:

  • the worker was assigned to the wrong job category initially; the individual’s functional capacity was less than the physical demands of the job.
  • the injured worker was not properly rehabilitated before returning to work.

Matching the physical capability of the worker to the physical demands of the job will substantially reduce soft tissue injuries. If an injury does occur, it is usually a first aid type of injury.

When a worker is mismatched and suffers an injury on the job, more than likely it is because the worker could not meet the physical demands of the job. If this worker returns to this same job, the injury will keep occurring and be more severe and more costly.

A rehab program that emphasizes sports medicine and whole body reconditioning will minimize the probability of re-injury.

Physical Strength Risk Assessment (PSRA) and Muscular Strength Assessment (MSA)

The IPCS PSRA® and the MSA, both unique wellness offerings, can have an impact on an individual’s health within your incumbent workforce, as well as on a company’s bottom line. The PSRA® or the MSA put your employees on track to a healthier, more productive lifestyle through educational materials and information for building an individualized strength training program. These combined ultimately help to reduce obesity and increase muscle strength and functionality. As a result, your company’s injury and disease claims can be reduced significantly.

The PSRA®, MSA, or IPCS strength test, assists the employee by confidentially reporting to them detailed information about their body strength, symmetry, joint stability, BMI, and possible health risk level. The information can then be relayed to a certified wellness professional or trainer who can assist the individual in setting up a personalized training or injury prevention program to address their areas of weakness and enhance their strengths.

In addition to the detailed report received by each individual who takes the PSRA® or the MSA, the employer can expect to receive a customized aggregate report which helps you determine how your employees measure up.

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