There are fitness studios, gyms, and performance centers for the exercise enthusiasts. And for those who are injured there are physical therapy clinics and chiropractic offices. It makes sense to separate out these specialties into their own spaces.
But can you actually combine all of these areas of the health and wellness industry together? In physical therapy can the exercise someone needs to heal from an injury also be used as a way to increase their fitness level? And vice versa, can an exercise at the gym help with the rehab process, or even prevent an injury from occurring?
Our guest Pat McCloskey answers these questions within this podcast episode. At his training studio they are combining fitness routines with the rehabilitation process.
Is There Much Difference Between Fitness Exercises and Rehab?
The easy answer is yes, there is a difference. If you tore your acl, the beginning stages of your acl rehab will be significantly different than if you were a soccer player trying to improve performance.
However, the line between the two can be pretty vague. If you are training someone with functional movement patterns for the activities they are going to do, then technically you are providing prehab. If someone is at the tail end of their treatment for acl reconstruction, they should be integrating their protocol with movements for the activities they are going back to.
This is where Pat and I talk about how the training and therapy world need to use their brains when working with clients and patients, and start providing the full care they need.
In this episode, Pat McCloskey and I discuss:
»Ways for trainers to improve their fitness strategies
»How people can combine fitness routines with their rehab protocols
»Where is the line between functional movement and traditional exercises
»How a stroke reaffirmed these treatments processes for Pat
[2:15] What made Pat so interested in the fitness industry
[5:30] At what point in the fitness industry did the ideas of movement based fitness come around
[7:15] Why is there such a high turnover for trainers and training staff
[8:46] Last summer you had to apply your own principles to your health after having a stroke
[14:40] How movement can become the exercise, rehab protocol, prehab protocol, and more
[17:30] If someone comes into your studio with any kind of pre-existing injury or condition, how do you assess them
[18:45] When creating protocols for people, do you create a plan from the assessment and stick with it, or do you adapt the program based on the client's needs
[23:25] We find that trainers have very specific ways that they say is the “right way” to move, is this the case
[25:55] Is there a specific threshold between a functional weight and load vs a heavy load
[30:00] If you see someone increase the load and then have a bunch of compensations to move that weight, it could be too much for their threshold
[32:55] How many ways can you tweak an exercise to make it unique to someone
[37:00] Trainers need to actually think through their protocols for their clients
[39:10] How can you make a group training class more specific to each person's needs
[41:15] Are there specific tools that everyone should be utilizing for their fitness routines
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