Center for Fitness and Health Offers a 12-Minute Brain Checkup

(January 18, 2016 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Parents, coaches, athletes and the general public have been talking about the new movie, Concussion, which stars Will Smith as forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who fought against the National Football League's efforts to suppress his research on brain damage suffered by professional football players. While the film is increasing awareness of sports-related concussions, there are many other situations that also affect brain performance such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), attention deficit disorder (ADD) and Parkinson's disease.

The Center for Fitness and Health recently introduced RC21X, an advanced brain health game and performance monitoring tool that enables a person to check on the performance of his or her brain and compare the results to what is identified as normal for that individual. The self-administered game takes about 12 minutes to complete on any computer that has an Internet connection. RC21X features 15 modules that target different areas of brain performance. The game, which is named for Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, is based on more than 50 years of scientific research and development in human performance measurement, neurology, psychology, kinesiology, bio-engineering and General Systems Performance Theory.

"Everyone who completes the activities is amazed by what the program can reveal," explained Don Doyle, general manager of the Center for Fitness and Health. "Not only are the activities easy to use, they are fun for adults and children."

Each game session uses objective measures and data-based records to create a unique Brain Performance Profile report for the individual. RC21X does not provide a medical diagnosis. It provides indicators as to when users should seek medical attention.

"Health care professionals and the general population are using RC21X to make better, fact-based decisions regarding brain health during all stages of life," explained Mr. Doyle. "It is a useful tool in managing lifestyle and developmental changes such as aging. Additionally, it proves an effective tool for use during and after treatment and rehabilitation for injuries and illness."

Mr. Doyle continued, "As a result of this new offering, the Center for Fitness and Health is the only fitness facility in our area focusing on both the physical and mental aspects of wellness."

The Center for Fitness and Health offers its members a 20 percent discount on a one-year RC21X subscription. For more details, contact the Center for Fitness and Health at 724-379-5100.

Developed in partnership with Monongahela Valley Hospital, the Center for Fitness and Health combines state-of-the-art fitness equipment and programs with comprehensive medical diagnostics, therapeutics and rehabilitation services. It is located in the Monongahela Valley Hospital HealthPlex at 800 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon, PA 15012.

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