Taking the “Dis” Out of Disability There is virtually no - TopicsExpress


Taking the “Dis” Out of Disability There is virtually no chronic condition that cannot be positively influenced by proper exercise and a caring instructor. If you desire to be an effective teacher of the physically limited, you must be willing to adapt, modify and create until that person is successful. The way a society cares for its less fortunate is a reflection of the level of that society. As our society ages, more and more individuals are acquiring disabling conditions. Demographics show that soon a large percentage of the population will manifest some type of chronic condition. Unfortunately, many fitness professionals are unprepared to effectively train this important segment of the population. With the adoption of the Americans (Jamaicans) with Disabilities Act, all public facilities must be accessible to persons with disabilities. Without properly trained instructors to implement exercise programs, persons with disabilities will be programmatically excluded from gyms and health clubs. It is imperative that fitness professionals be trained to work with this important segment of the population and work with management to remove attitudinal and physical barriers to make the gym accessible to all. Individualizing an exercise program for a person with special needs can be extremely challenging for even the most seasoned professional. To be a respected member of the disabled person’s treatment team, it is critical to always solicit input from your client’s physician and therapist regarding exercise protocols. Improper exercise programs can be just as harmful as no exercise at all. The current evidence suggests that people with disabilities can benefit from sensible exercise routines. More than four out of five people over the age of 65 have at least one chronic condition. A recent study revealed that the six most prevalent chronic conditions seen in older people are: arthritis, hypertension, hearing impairments, heart disease, vision loss, and assorted orthopedic conditions. Exercise is especially appropriate for anyone with disabling conditions for myriad reasons. Today it is common to see healthcare professionals recommend exercise for rehabilitative purposes to almost everyone. issacertifiedtrainer/christophermcdonnough
Posted on: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:26:00 +0000

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