Because the concept of what's safe--and what's not--has changed over the years, experts advise fitness professionals to focus on weighing the risks against the benefits when determining the safety of common exercises.
Defining When an Exercise Is Contraindicated--Then & Now
BY AMANDA E. VOGEL, MA
Have you ever stopped teaching a common exercise because you read in an article or ...
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls account for the highest number of accidental injury deaths in adults 65 years and older. To address this concern, more and more fitness facilities are offering balance training for their older members. Should you?
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.
A new study indicates that older women who consume too much vitamin A may increase their risk of hip fracture. Researchers found that women with the highest total intake of vitamin A, from both fortified food and multivitamin supplements, had double the risk of hip fracture compared to women with the lowest intake. The study appeared in the January 2, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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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...
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...
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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 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 ...
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...