Most of us only seek medical professionals when we are sick or injured (reactive). It is natural for us to look for help when we are in need. The truth is our health care paradigm is built on that model! According to Drs. Jordre and Viviers that is the exact opposite of the most efficient health care model. They assert that we should be working with medical professionals before we become sick or get injured, (proactive) thereby reducing the likelihood of needing to be reactive.
Dr. Jordre is a professor of Physical Therapy at the University of South Dakota. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University. Jorde is board certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy and is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. In 2009 She created the Senior Athlete Fitness Exam (SAFE) for the South Dakota Senior Games, SAFE was adopted by the National Senior Games Association in 2011.
Dr. Viviers is a clinician and adjunct professor for multiple Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, where she instructs on the older athlete. Originally for South Africa, she earned BS degrees in Psychology and Physiotherapy from the University of Witwatersrand and a Sports Physiotherapy Specialization degree for the University of Cape Town. She moved the United States in 2019, 10 years after founding a clinic in South Africa focusing on athletes 35 and over. Viviers met Jordre, a kindred spirit, while working on her doctorate at the University of South Dakota.