Please be certain to have medical clearance plus a good understanding of your client’s condition and any medications that have been prescribed. Daily variances in symptoms and side effects of medications can necessitate exercise prescription modifications for safety and comfort.
If Physical Therapy has been prescribed try to work closely with the therapist to coordinate care and supplement therapeutic treatments. Take the time to research the condition using reliable sources such as MedlinePlus, APTA, and physio-pedia.com.
I really no not do push-up assessments at all. They are for the fit and healthy, and the assessment alone could to more harm than good.
I often have clients stand against a wall and bring arms overhead and out to the side to see range of motion, whether the client can bring the arms against the wall, how much he compensates to make that work (if shoulders are okay).
Balance assessments can also be valuable. Ask the client to stand on one foot and see how long he can hold his balance and observe his balance strategies. I always take a lot of pictures. It’s amazing how patterns emerge when you put the pictures side by side.
Good luck with your client.
Hello Michelle Phy,
As long as this person is cleared for exercise, you can treat them like anyone else as long as you let the client lead the session and do what is comfortable for them in their pain free range of motion. Like Karin says, there will be good and rough days, pay attention and listen to their body. Total body workout, balanced training program, is possible and helpful.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
As far as assessment overhead squat would work but I was thinking more of push up sit up assessment may not be appropriate. I just didn’t know if there was anything else I should try as an assessment.