10/26/2009

COMMON PROBLEMS: What To Do, What to Avoid

The following are some brief summary case histories of common problems that you can address in your fitness program, including key things to add and avoid:

CASE HISTORY #1: ROUNDED SHOULDERS
Likely Injury: Rotator Cuff, Impingement, Biceps Tendonitis
Add to program: Chest stretch, reverse fly, scaption, close grip row, external rotation/rotator cuff strengthening
Avoid: Overhead shoulder exercise, incline chest press, front row, behind neck exercises

CASE HISTORY #2: KNOCK KNEES
Likely Injury: ACL/MCL Tear, possibly knee or hip pain, frequent ankle sprains
Add to program: Side Lying Leg Lift, Single Leg Press/Squat, Hip stretch, IT Band Stretch
Avoid: Adductor

CASE HISTORY #3: EXTERNALLY ROTATED FEET
Likely Injury: Plantar Fascitis, Achilles Tendinitis, calf cramps, frequent ankle sprains
Add to program: Foam Roll and stretch calves, toe raises, side lying leg lift, single leg press/squat
Avoid: Calf raises

CASE HISTORY #4: ARCHED BACK
Likely Injury:
Low Back Pain, Disk injuries
Add to program: Planks, lower body and back stretching, unstable exercises
Avoid: Excessive hip flexion and abdominal flexion (sitting, leg raises, crunches)

CASE HISTORY #5: POOR BALANCE
Likely Injury: Slips and Falls, Hip Fracture
Add to program: Single leg exercises, core strengthening
Avoid: Extended periods of sitting