injury prevention

Help Clients Slow Down

Posted by on March 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm

yogabrighterverticalI am sure many of your clients are stretched for time, have too much on their plates and are stressed. Then they come to you looking for a hard workout and think that pushing themselves to the limits during every workout will help elevate their stress. Not necessarily so!

A growing body of scientific evidence has supported mindful exercise as a significant means of favorably altering various aspects of health. Scientific research on Yoga has been enormous (well over 2000 studies) since the first research began in the late 1920’s and since 1985, thousands of research abstracts have been published on Tai Chi. Ralph LaForge, MD, a physician specializing in the benefits of mind/body exercise reports…..

“….meditation and mindful exercise have been credited with reducing stress and helping to manage anger and depression, improving muscular strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, reducing falls in the elderly, improving glucose tolerance, enhancing cardiovascular health, increasing self-awareness, self-efficacy and personal empowerment, decreasing pain and pain sensitization, reducing blood pressure, improving lipid profile, improving bone mineral density, improving pulmonary function, decreasing mortality in hypertensive individuals, decreasing mortality and/or clinical events associated with cardiovascular disease and more…”

That’s a long list of benefits!

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Exercises for Strong Clients – Golfing

Posted by on May 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

As fitness professionals we see clients who need sport specific training to keep them strong and injury free. In many parts of the country golfers are starting to hit the course this time of year. Arm your golfing clients with the exercises that will keep them golfing all season.

I have found that golfers, in particular, love their sport so much they spend a lot of hours and money on the golf courses attempting to perfect their swing, fine-tune their skills and lower their score. But…

…..very few gung-go golfers spend any time on improving their basic physical conditioning which ultimately, will improve their overall golf game. 

The reality is the golf swing is a very complex, explosive and unnatural movement placing significant stresses and torque on the body parts involved. Because of the nature of the sport, golfers are at a high risk for developing overuse injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint structures particularly in the low back, hip and shoulder areas.  Professional golfers are injured on average twice a year and amateur golfers once a year, with the most common injury sites being the wrist (27%), back (24%), elbow (23%), shoulder (8%) and knee (7%). Most of these injuries are the result of the repetitive nature of practice swings, combined with a poor warm-up and weak trunk, shoulder and wrist muscles. The stronger, better-conditioned golfer will be less susceptible to injury and will recover more quickly after an injury. That’s where you come in! A good golf conditioning program will incorporate balance exercises, full body rotational movements and a stretching program that increases a golfer’s ability to rotate at the spine.

Try these exercises with your golfer clients!

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Strong Hips Help Keep Strong Knees

Posted by on October 8, 2015 at 1:15 am

Do your clients know that if their hips aren’t stable and effectively able to stabilize their pelvis while walking, running or playing sports, their knees will suffer?

Remember….

Strong Hips = Strong Knees.  Weak Hips = Weak Knees

Here’s some tips you can share with your clients on conditioning hips in a variety of ways. These exercises really work when performed 2-3 days per week on alternating days. Share with your clients!

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