It is estimated that 3 to 5 million people in the United States are injured from recreational, exercise and sport-related activities each year. While the primary causes of these injuries are physical, psychological issues can also contribute—and impact recovery as well.
preventing and correcting
excessive lumbar lordosis
tall, self-conscious 12-year-old girl slumps forward in a futile attempt to camouflage her height. As she grows older, her round-shouldered posture causes her pectoral muscles to shorten, leading to muscle imbalance. An athlete who exhibits excessive hyperextension of the spine when performing the straight-leg raises recommended by his coach ove...
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GOLF FITNESS SCORES HOLE IN ONE
The accomplishments of Tiger Woods have inspired nongolfers to take up the game and propelled seasoned golfers to increase their physical fitness in hopes of improving their performance. Fitness facilities are meeting the needs of both groups by offering occasional or ongoing golf fitness classes and workshops. Jacquie Fugate has taugh...
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Preventing Indoor Cycling Injuries
Although indoor cycling is a nonimpact activity, riders are not immune to injury. Cycling and biomechanics experts offer these suggestions to ensure that your biking workouts stay trouble free: 1. Take Injury Prevention Seriously. Some studies show that as many as 50 to 70 percent of bicyclists report neck and ...
By Greg Roskopf, MA
When Clients Feel Pain
How can you identify muscle imbalances that contribute to discomfort or distress?
s personal fitness trainers, we recognize our role as specialists in exercise maintenance. On a daily basis, we set up exercise programs designed to help our clients reach their fitness goals. With the educational background and the skills we possess, trai...
Your questions answered by industry peers
What can personal trainers do to generate client referrals from the medical community?
viduals who require special exercise prescription secondary to physical limitations. Just as a medical, nursing or physical therapy student is not ready to begin treating patients after completing the academic portion of training, you too wi...
BY CARRIE MYERS SMITH
Protecting the ACL
A c a r e f u lly de sig n e d p r o g r am ca n h e lp c lie n ts
ooking for a new twist to add to your sport-specific training? How about a workout targeted at preventing a common ailment--anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury? There are about 80,000 ACL injuries each year in the United States, with the majority occurring in active people 15 ...
How do I handle an in-class injury? I know the injured person needs immediate attention, but what are the logistics of dealing with the rest of the group? How can I be responsible to both the class and the injured person? Any ideas that will keep me out of legal hot water plus handle the situation effectively?
By Paula Anderson, MS
The Active Range Warm-Up:
Getting Hotter With Time
n the early days of group fitness when everyone wore leg warmers and exercised to Jane Fonda tapes, the warm-up portion of a typical cardio conditioning class included moves borrowed from ballet, jazz dance and yoga. Unending head turns, pli...
Pilates is a wonderful tool for helping a client who is recovering from an ankle injury, as weight and impact on the ankle joint can be less during Pilates than during many other forms of exercise.
Most of us have rolled an ankle. We trip while walking, running, dancing or playing sports—and often we try to self-diagnose with rest, ice, compression and elevation. While this approach may suffice with a very minor injury, a true ankle sprain requires more attention.
newsletter_teaser: Pilates is a wonderful tool for helping a client who is recovering from an ankle injury, as weight and impact on the ankle joint can be less during Pilates than during many other forms of exercise.