Muscle Imbalance and Injury Risk – Tips for Personal Trainers by Paul Wright

Many people looking to get fit end up with injuries, and it is a sad fact that many of these injuries can be prevented by looking more closely at how the exercise programs are structured and how they effectively balance all the muscles of the body.

Muscle balance can be defined as the “relationship between both the strength and the length of muscles and groups of muscles as they cross over joints “. This definition leads us to the conclusion that it is possible for muscles to have any or a combination of the following : Continue reading

Shoulder and AC Joint Pain – Exercise Tips for Personal Trainers

Pain originating from the AC joint (the joint at the end of the collarbone – on top of the shoulder) is usually well localized and the client will often place one finger directly over the AC joint when asked to indicate the most painful area.

There is usually discomfort with humerus and scapula movement, particularly movements where the arm is brought across the body into a horizontally flexed position. Uncomfortable exercises in the gym may include bench press ( particularly wide grip bench as you have found already), dips and push-ups. The person often has difficulty sleeping on the effected side.

 Some suggestion to reduce stress on the AC joint include: Continue reading

Leg Extensions and Knee – More Tips for Personal Trainers

The issue of the safety of the leg Extension exercise is a very hot topic and one that will surely raise some discussion – however here is a simple summary of the issues with this exercise.

1. Shearing Forces

In the majority of ground based leg exercises – such as squats and lunges – the resistance to movement runs through the knee joint – basically compressing and stabilizing the knee itself. However – in an exercise such as the Leg Extension the resistance is at 90 degrees to the shin – as this is where you are pushing against to raise the shin pad.  Continue reading

Running Biomechanics Essentials with Jason Mclaren

Late last year – one of Australia’s most sought after Biomechanists and running experts – Jason McLaren – let our cameras inside his incredible “Running Biomechanics” course to record some of the theoretical parts of his full day seminar.

What resulted was over 2 hours of incredible information that all health professionals will benefit from.

In Jason’s “Running Biomechanics” presentation he will share: Continue reading

Pelvis and Lumbar Spine Stability – 5 Lecture Series – Trish Wisbey-Roth

Many of you would already know of Australian Physiotherapist and educator Trish Wisbey-Roth.

Trish was one of Australia’s first Specialist Sports Physiotherapists, is recognised as a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy and is a true Sports Specialist in the area of lower back, pelvic and hip problems.

Late last year Trish presented a five seminar series that covered hip, spine and pelvis stability and imbalances.

These sessions where delivered in our Sydney training room especially for the PT Professor program, and I am please to announce that we have just posted the final two sessions of this five part series onto thePTProfessor.com program.

Here are the session titles of each of these 20-30 minute presentations by Trish Wisbey-Roth: Continue reading

Pelvic Floor and Core Stability Essentials for Personal Trainers

There is no doubt that one of the booming areas in health care these days is Pelvic Floor strengthening, treatment and rehabilitation – this is not surprising given the important role the Pelvic Floor plays in Core Stability and lumbar spine pain management.

With this in mind our cameras recently recorded a great lecture by Newcastle based Physiotherapist – Jason Bradley – that will teach you the latest research and trends in core and pelvic floor.

You can also use this lecture as a template for you to use to deliver your own in-services and general public lecture on this most popular of topics.

In this presentation you will learn: Continue reading

On Field Emergency Management with Former Wallabies Doctor – Michael Jamieson

In this fantastic presentation – former Australian Wallabies Sports Physician – Dr Michael Jamieson – explains the essentials of onfield emergency medical injury management – including discussion of heat stress, fractures, dislocations, bleeding, asthma, diabetes and spinal injury care.

This session is essential viewing for all personal trainers and any health professional involved in active exercise prescription.

Here is just some of the content from Michael’s lecture: Continue reading

A New Approach to Non Specific Low Back Pain – with Physiotherapist Sarah Key

We has been able to secure an intimate presentation with celebrated Australian and UK based Physiotherapist – Sarah Key – where she takes health professionals through a new approach to the treatment and management of low back pain.

Some of the concepts from this lecture are taken from Sarah’s popular “Problem Back Masterclass” – instigated by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales which are now operating in both Australia and the UK.

Here are just some of the ideas and information you will receive in this online presentation with Sarah: Continue reading

Ashley Jones – Strength and Conditioning for Rugby League and Rugby Union

Are you a personal trainer, fitness coach, or competitive Rugby League or Rugby Union player looking for unique strategies used by high level football teams to get almost instant improvements from their players…?

ThePTprofessor cameras had the absolute pleasure of recording an incredible three hour presentation by Australia and New Zealand’s Leading Rugby Conditioning Expert – Ashley Jones – where he shared the secrets to strength and conditioning for Rugby league and Rugby Union.

Ashley has spent the past 20 years working with the Canterbury Crusaders, Newcastle Knights, Parramatta Eels, Northern Eagles and now the Australian Wallabies.

Ashley has been instrumental in the increased speed and fitness of the modern professional footballer.

In this great live seminar Ashley shares the training drills and strategies he uses every day with his elite and junior players including: Continue reading