I am looking for ideas of how to design a strength program for a volleyball athlete with scoliosis. How much free weights should be used in comparison with machines? What exercises should not be used? What exercises work well? I appreciate the help in understanding how to help my athlete. Thank you.
First and foremost, I’d suggest a clearance from a doctor, with a list of any contraindications.
Paul gave a great answer.
As someone suggested in this thread
take a look at the person with tight fitting clothing (women) or shirtless (men) so you can see the curvature to know exactly what muscles are apt to be pulling the spine into the curve and might and what muscles are lengthened away from the curve. Even if corrective exercise isn’t in your scope of practice, knowing which way the spine is going and how far away from typical it has strayed can help your athlete understand his or her body better in movement.
Hello Tom Johnson,
You want to know what they are doing now to balance their routine properly. I would teach them how to check themselves in the mirror during training as well as throughout the day to keep a check on form and posture for getting to know their body better. Work with the doctor and client together for best results in our allied health care world.
Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit…
I have scoliosis. My spine is both twisted and curved. I do not baby myself at all. I work on unilateral movements and push for core strength so that I can reduce the chance of having low back pain due to the imbalances. If you baby someone that doesn’t need it, you are doing their body a disservice.