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here are nearly 80 million baby boomers in the United States alone, and according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, sports-related injuries among boomers increased by one-third in the 1990s. An estimated 1 million adults ages 35 to 54 sustained athletic injuries requiring medical attention in 1998. When you're on the injured list,...
By Suzanne Nottingham
Training for Snowboarding
Snowboarding is hot, hip and highly competitive. How can personal trainers help clients prepare for this emerging sport?
he origin of snowboarding stems from the 1960s, when enterprising surfers hauled their surfboards to poach mountain terrain for winter thrills. In the 1980s the first snowboards with foot bindings were introduced...
nutrition older adults
What nutrients do older adults need to maximize their health and wellness?
By Jane Pentz, PhD
ach year the number of men and women who reach their 100th birthday grows worldwide. Advances in medicine, education and lifestyle continue to help humans enjoy longer and healthier lives. While scientific breakthroughs have greatly benefitted man collectively, individual h...
nu t r i t i o n f o r special populations
What are the unique nutritional needs for individuals managing obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular disease? By Cathy Leman, RD, LD
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besity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As most personal trainers know, these three conditions not only share some of the same precursors, they also can affect one another as predeterminers of di...
proper pre-exercise nutrition has been on the minds of many athletes for years, and even most weekend warriors know to keep a water bottle handy during workouts to prevent dehydration. But how many exercisers are aware of the need to restore liquid and solids after a workout? It's one thing to fuel muscles before activity, but quite another to "top off" those same muscles after exercise in order to keep all cylinders running for tomorrow's regimen.
Postrehab Training Proves Profitable
Ouch! As baby boomers grow older, many are experiencing at least one chronic injury. They may undergo surgery or physical therapy to help relieve pain. After they're released from therapy, however, many still need specialized attention regarding an exercise program. That's where the fitness community is stepping in. In the 2000 IDEA Personal Training Trendwatch, postrehabilitation training emerged as a definite growth area.
“My goal this year really is to focus on teaching classes that attract deconditioned and aging populations. However, I am stuck on what to call such classes—how to strike that tricky balance between identifying my market and not alienating anyone. How much do deconditioned and 50-plus exercisers want to be separated and labeled? Also, how different should the exercise content be from the content of mainstream beginning and intermediate classes?”
It decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer (American Dietetic Association [ADA] 1997). No, it isn’t the latest pharmaceutical wonder or a breakthrough supplement being hawked on late-night infomercials. You may be surprised to learn that this mystery elixir is actually a vegetarian diet!
BY JESSIE JONES, PHD
y now you've heard that the older population is expected to increase significantly in number and longevity. Because of this projected growth, fitness specialists throughout the world have been identifying ways to promote an active lifestyle and decrease the number of years people live with chronic disabilities. One of the most effective ways to reduce the onset of...
Knowing how to identify physical components important for sports performance--and understanding when and how to train those components--can make a trainer's services indispensable to athletic clients.
By John A. Blievernicht, MA
ore and more athletes are using personal fitness trainers to improve their proficiency in a variety of sports. Trainers with the ability to perform sports moves analy-...