Fitness-Related Factors to Injury Prevention

Physically Fit

If you are already physically active, like Liz Sommers (click here for her testimonial), have good cardiovascular endurance and good muscle tone, you are ahead of the game.  Since our focus is often directed toward preventing cardiovascular disease and obesity, those of us who "work out" on a regular basis sometimes often do not think about injury prevention.  We can incorporate some simple additions into our existing programs to help address common concerns of injury.  Balance & proprioception and flexibility are "skills" often overlooked, that unfortunately do diminish with age, if not effectively maintained.  With proper training on unstable surfaces, avoiding obstacles, and single-leg strengthening activities we can improve balance & proprioception.    Stationary (standing still), and dynamic (moving) balance activities are essential in preventing injuries resulting from falls such as hip & wrist fractures, head injury, and ankle sprains.  Learning both manual & self-stretches will improve flexibility and help prevent low back pain, tension headaches & neck strain, hip/thigh strains & bursitis, and shoulder, elbow & knee tendinitis.  In addition, a KAK strength & conditioning program will introduce fun new challenges to the existing regimen, breaking up monotony and staleness in the body's cycle.  Exercise programs must be appropriately altered about every 4 weeks to see continued improvement and keep our performance from plateauing.  In fact, seeing a KAK CSCS once per month is a great option for clients already doing a strength & conditioning program on their own, but needing a spark.  New clients will benefit from 2 sessions--the fitness assessment & follow-up instructional session.  Existing clients can see a KAK CSCS for update sessions every 4 weeks to revamp the workout and address any new injury concerns.  See here for all private, partner, and group training options.    

Physically Deconditioned

With 67% of Americans overweight and 33% clinically obese, it is clear we are a sedentary society.  Whether we are confined to a cubicle or a bed, this lack of physical activity can result in a severely deconditioned body, leading to a range of health problems.  The KAK CSCS will contact the client's physician to obtain medical clearance, perform a fitness assessment, and then gradually introduce an appropriate program.  Injury prevention programs for these clients must begin with basic strength & conditioning principles, addressing cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, posture, and mobility & strength to do functional activity, such as climbing stairs and overhead pressing.  Once some endurance is acquired, more intense exercise can be introduced, and new goals can be set.  The newly conditioned athlete can begin training for sporting events and recreational activities, or whatever their heart desires!  See here for all private, partner, and group training options.    

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