POLICE Magazine

SEP 2018

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PoliceMag.com 99 in the near future, schedule an appoint- ment that you think would best maximize your recovery process, whether it is on a day off or right after your shift. My near- est float center has extended hours that help with the law enforcement lifestyle. ey schedule appointments in one-hour and 15-minute increments, and they are open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week. Also, know that floating is not inexpen- sive and that the price for a float session varies depending upon the float center. Your personal budget will determine if this is something you can implement once a week or once a month. Additionally, you need to decide if the benefits are worthy of your time and money. But I have learned that once my peers experience the ben- efits of floating, they always find the time and the money to float at least every now and then. Jeff Nichols, an exercise physiologist who is a former Nav y Seal, suggests hav- ing zero expectations and committing to a couple of sessions just to get used to be- ing in the flotation tank before you decide if floating is right for you or not. He also recommends that people float for a little while then get out, take a shower, and get back in the tank again. He says that this will help you to get adjusted to this new experience. is is a solid plan. at said, whatever works for you is OK. RECOVERY STARTS NOW Though proper recovery methods are not currently a priority in the law enforce- ment community, I believe they will be in time with more awareness and educa- tion. e use of the flotation tank may be your first step, or perhaps another effec- tive step, in that crucial direction. Give it a try and share your experiences with your co-workers. ere's not a more important time than right now to stress the impor- tance of recovery. Special thanks to Melissa Ryan who as- sisted in the preparation and writing of this column. George Ryan is a sergeant with a major Southern California agency. He spent over 17 years in SWAT, and he created his de- partment's Peak Performance and Recov- ery Training program. Protect your department, your officers, and their integrity CopTrax . net Saving Lives - Saving Careers In-Car Video Evidence Management CopTrax is a product of Stalker Radar

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