JASON ROOT, MS, CSCS
One of the top kinesiologists Los Angeles has to offer, Jason Root works with those looking to alleviate chronic conditions or increase athletic performance. This includes LA’s top athletes, martial artists, fire fighters, police, and entertainers.
Jason has helped thousands of people alleviate pain, mitigate metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, and other chronic health conditions. Jason was a strength coach with NCAA collegiate strength and conditioning at Arizona State, coached the powerlifting for paraplegics program at the Rehab Institute of Chicago, and developed spinal cord injury survivors to walk again at Project Walk in Carlsbad, CA.
Jason collaborates with LA’s top healthcare specialists including physiatrists, orthopedists, cardiologists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and psychologists.
He has authored two books: The Athlete’s Rx to Chronic Condition Management and RootHealth: Foundational Mobility and Stabilization Training.
I started training for sports and human performance at 14 years old at my high school in Peoria, AZ. I excelled in the weight room gaining a significant amount of physical mass and strength to push my performance on the field. My coaches loved my work ethic and gains in this area. However, two aspects of my physiology were not progressing and were interruptive to both my performance on the field and my general well being. A lack of athleticism and a significant amount of muscular restriction affected these areas greatly. I didn't move as well as an athlete should. As well, I was starting to get back spasms that would make me almost completely immobile for a week or more.
These spasms persisted as I trained through into my 20's. Because I was a student in exercise science and was a conditioning coach professionally, I gained a lot of information from my studies and colleagues. I put together a program of development to eliminate muscular pain for myself. I realized the components of mobility were more important to general well being, health, pain, long term strength and performance on the field. Working from this point of view, I started studying special populations (those with chronic health issues) and other chronic conditions that effected health and a persons ability to perform 'in life'. This gave me a perspective on 'fitness' that was beyond the body fat measures and 'calories in vs calories out' principle that most of the fitness industry still limits itself to today.
I had clients, friends, and family members that all had chronic conditions, whether by lifestyle, birth, genetics, or an accident. Just getting these people 'skinnier' was not going to be the answer for this population. The athlete was not that much different. They needed to have a special focus on health as to not have impedances to their performance.
Most people in the field of kinesiology want to study those at a very high performing level. I did that through college and my first training jobs. That study gave me a specialized knowledge of how the body should be able to move (athleticism) and how to develop that movement...for athletes, the general population, and for those with health issues alike. But experience with those that were on the ultimate low end of the performance spectrum would give the best opportunity for impact both for those I would work with as well as deep knowledge of special conditions to be able to develop all others. So, I took a job working with spinal cord injury. Working with those with this condition and studying the effects of a dysfunctional nervous system gave an immense amount of insight to human health, performance, and development.
I decided this experience could be applied to all of those with all chronic health conditions.....So, started RootHealth (both getting to the root or core of health and pertaining to my and my sister's last name. Get it!).
Medical diagnostics and health informatics are extremely important in knowing the effects on a person's health over time and how our techniques are making an impact on that individual. So, I attained a master's degree in that field with the intent of bringing together the fields of fitness, education, and medicine for a healthcare system that was optimally effective.
If you'd like to know more, just download the book from the front page. That is the most complete information for our (myself and colleagues....no one works on their own) systems.
I look forward to hearing from you. Be healthy! Be strong! Be useful!
Jason Root, MS, CSCS, EP-C