physical activity and fitness for persons with disabilities
By Janet A. Seaman, PhD
A Paradigm Shift Historically, the approach to physical activity for people with disabilities has been couched in medical rationale and focused on rehabilitation. Whereas physical education (physical training) has been a part of school curriculum for nearly 100 years, the original orientation was to supplement ...
Exercise design and programming considerations for individuals living with common conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and cerebral palsy.
Working With Clients With Neuromuscular Conditions
Traditionally, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other medically based professionals were considered the only professionals qualified to address the needs of people living with physic...
By Debra Wein, MS, RD
Does Soy Impact Breast Cancer?
n the February 2000 "Research Update" column I discussed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA 1999) authorization of a food labeling health claim that associates a diet high in soy protein with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Currently, companies with products low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol and cont...
autoimmune disease and overtraining
oanne, a fitness professional in her mid-30s, had been sick for several months. She ached all over, was extremely fatigued, suffered gastrointestinal problems and just generally did not feel well. Additionally, her hands had become extremely sensitive to the cold. Although she was able to continue exercising and teaching 10 or more classes each week, her conditi...
BY TERRIE HEINRICH RIZZO, MAS
here's no question: Hepatitis is a serious disease, particularly in its chronic forms. With recent media attention on the celebrity cases of country singer Naomi Judd and rock star David Crosby, the public is beginning to take notice of what former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop calls "the worldwide epidemic of hepatitis C." Consider the following statis...
By R alph La Forge, MS
Training the Cardiac Patent
How can qualified trainers help heart disease survivors maximize recovery efforts?
therosclerosis is a costly and fatal disease affecting thousands of individuals each year. The vast majority of those afflicted with the condition develop coronary heart disease (CHD), one of the leading killers of both men and women. Though no known ...
By Debra Wein, MS, RD
ou have probably noticed an abundance of new foods on the market containing soy. You expect to find tofu--yet soy milk, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, soy cheese and other soy products are making appearances as well. Their visibility may be due to the newest health claim passed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA 1999), which states, in p...
According to researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer (both development and mortality) in the United States. Those same researchers have determined that obesity among this population makes the problem much worse.
Knee osteoarthritis (OA)—a progressive disease that destroys articular tissues and cartilage—affects about 13% of women aged 60 and older. According to a report published in the Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine (2011; 2 , 205–12), the percentage of the overall population affected by OA is expected to increase owing to the growth of the older-adult segment and to high overweight and obesity rates. However, a new study shows there may a solution for women with mild knee OA: progressive-impact exercise.