Two health technology start-ups, TrackActive and iPrescribe, are using software developed by physiotherapists with the aim of keeping people active for longer.
Both businesses are being mentored as part of the OpenActive Accelerator programme and is part of OpenActive, a community initiative which receives National Lottery funding from Sport England.
TrackActive uses exercise prescription software designed for physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, sports physicians, osteopaths and other sports professionals. The software allows health practitioners design, deliver and monitor patient exercise programmes.
TrackActive was founded five years ago by Ian Prangley, a professional sports coach and physio to tennis players including British number one Kyle Edmund. Ian, together with his business partner technology specialist Michael Levens, hope that TrackActive will change the face of treatment for musculoskeletal injury by helping to keep patients active and recover more quickly.
Ian Prangley said: “Research has shown us that only 37% of patients with low back pain actually do their exercises as prescribed by their health practitioner and that musculoskeletal conditions are the second highest contributor to global disability. As a sports coach, I have found this incredibly frustrating because patients do not recover as quickly as they should. TrackActive was developed to provide a faster, easier way to get patients exercising correctly so that they will recover more quickly and be back to full fitness faster.”
iPrescribe Exercise, which was founded two years ago, has also been developed by physiotherapists – Lewis and Carron Manning. The app, which is listed on the NHS Apps Library, uses an automated algorithm to analyse the user’s health and resting heart rate, and prescribes a personalised 12-week physical activity programme. The exercise intensity and duration is based on the information provided by the user.
Its founder Carol Manning said: “iPrescribe Exercise can play an important role in the management of several long-term health conditions which we can selectively target with the app including heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. It can also help those who are sedentary, or at risk of developing chronic diseases, to become more active and reduce their disease risk. The app is based on the latest scientific evidence and follows the latest medical guidelines for exercise prescription.”