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Archive for April 2005

Adult Immunization Alert

Each year millions of adults become sick—and more than 50,000 die—from diseases that are completely preventable. Don’t be a statistic: Know your personal risk factors and keep up-to-date with your immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following vaccinations for adults, particularly those at risk because of age or health conditions, travel…

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Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you use the computer all day long? Then you may be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a painful, progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist.
What causes CTS and what can you do to prevent it? To find out, read these insights from Stephanie Hoffman, MS, PT, physical therapist and owner of La Jolla Shores Physical Therapy in La Jolla, Californ…

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Dying to Be Thin

19% = the number of overweight people who would risk death to be thin.
33% = the number of obese people who would risk their life to lose 10 pounds.
4% = the number of normal-weight people who would take that risk to shed 10 pounds.
31% = the number of obese people who would trade up to 5% of their remaining years to be 10% thinner…

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Route to Relaxation

These days, it seems, we’re all more familiar with feeling stressed than with feeling calm. Luckily for us, we’re designed to relax. The breath is our route to…

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Estimated Average Age of Clients

Interest in attending planned exercise programs appears to rise and fall depending on age. The chart below shows the average age of members and clients, according to IDEA business and program director members responding to the IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey.

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How Fit Is Your Memory?

She walks into your class and you know she’s been there twice before. You even talked to her about . . . something. What was it again? Was she the one with the shoul…

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Performance Enhancing Drugs

Let’s face the facts: The use of performance-enhancing drugs is becoming relatively mainstream. Approximately 1&ndash 3 million people in the United States have used anabolic steroids (Silver 2001), with usage rates as high as 12% among young men and 2% among young women (B…

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Incentives for Staff?

The concept of “pay for performance” has been a favorite in human resources for some years. Within pay for performance, staff members receive financial bonuses or incentives based on the results they produce. Pay for performance, while it is not called that, is often used with personal trainers. The “split” of a client’s fee is an example of paying the trainer for…

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Managing Vicarious Liability

As a fitness manager, you
recognize that certain acts
result in legal liability. Injuries caused by worn flooring surfaces, equipment malfunctions and inappropriate program designs exemplify what acts have legal consequences. However, the critical issue is who may
be legally responsible for injuries. If one of your personal fitness trainers designs an inappropriate program for a client and that client is injured, who is liable—you or the trainer?

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Managing Vicarious Liability

As a fitness manager, you recognize that certain acts result in legal liability. Injuries caused by worn flooring surfaces, equipment malfunctions and inappropriate program designs exemplify what acts have legal consequences. However, the critical issue is who may be legally responsible for injuries. If one of your personal fitness trainers designs an inappropriate program for…

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Staffing Levels

How many staff positions do fitness businesses need to operate successfully? Among those surveyed in the IDEA Fitness Industry Salary Survey 2004, the emphasis is on teaching staff. Personal trainers (78%) and Pilates or yoga teachers (64%) are the job titles respondents report most often, followed by group fitness instructors (58%).
The businesses represent a cross
section of fitness businesses and appear to be smaller facilities. They include

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Recruit and Retain Top Talent

The fitness industry appears desperate to find ways to resolve the high attrition rate of its membership. Not one industry publication passes my desk these days without a focus on membership retention. Each new year, countless numbers of men and women make resolutions to lose weight or get in shape and, as a result, join…

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The Lumbar Spine

FINE

ANATOMY
BY CATHERINE FISCELLA, MSPT

The Lumbar Spine
Anatomy, common injuries and postrehab strategies.
ANATOMY REVIEW

tle stretching may be indicated. A client at
this stage must be under the care of a physician or other healthcare professional, who will say when the client can begin exercise.

The spinal cord begins as an extension of the brain. It is surrounded by the bony vertebral col…

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