How many times have you heard clients complain about chronic pain in their wrists or hands when performing a certain exercise? Chances are, a majority of these complaints are coming from people diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, 3 out of every 10,000 workers lost time from work in 1998 because of CTS (NINDS 2004). Half of these workers missed more than 10 days of work due to the condition.
Personalizing Postrehab Programs
With the medical community, consumers and even insurance companies recognizing the benefit of exercise conditioning after an injury, postrehab fitness programs are on the rise. According to the 2003 IDEA Programs & Equipment Survey, 48 percent of participating fitness facilities and personal training gyms now offer this type of programming, up from 38 percent in 1997 (October 2003 IDEA Fitness Manager).
Here’s yet another reason to encourage children to play sports: A new survey found that the odds of being physically active during free time are significantly higher for adults who participated in organized sports as a child.
If your older clients ate as much healthy food as they wanted, would they still lose weight? Possibly, according to a study in the January 26, 2004, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine that examined 34 older men and women with impaired glucose tolerance.
On February 19 the U.S. government charged four San Francisco Bay Area men—including Greg Anderson, the personal trainer for San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds—with conspiracy to distribute an array of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes from Major League Baseball, the National Football League and track and field sports.
Now I Lay Me
By Susan B. Sterling, EdD, & Crystal Quintana
Down to Sleep . . .
If you're working toward better health and athletic performance, make sleep as important a priority as diet or exercise.
Do you have difficulty falling asleep at night? Once you get to sleep, do you wake up frequently? Do you feel lethargic in the morning? Are you drowsy by mid afternoon and unable ...
Five years after releasing the first physical activity guidelines for children 5 to 12 years of age, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is increasing its recommended amount of activity. NASPE now recommends at least 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of physical activity per day. If you train children or work with school physical education programs, you should check out the guidelines. (See the contact information below.)
Among the recommendations are the following:
kids’ fitnessGood news on the kids’ fitness front: Congress passed the 2004 spending bill that contains the Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Program, allocating $70 million to PEP.
The money will translate into approximately 300 grants awarded in the 2004 to 2005 school year to improve physical education programs in local public and private schools, and faith- and community-based organizations. PEP Grant funds are used to purchase fitness and sports equipment and train teachers in innovative physical education programs.
Is your kid coming down with a cold? Do you think that herbal remedies offer a safer, more effective approach than traditional cold medications? Well, you might want to think twice before reaching for your bottle of echinacea when it comes to treating upper-respiratory-tract infections (URIs) in children, according to a new study in the December 3, 2003, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.