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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Corrective Exercise

I'm not a physical therapist.

I'm not a chiropractor.

I'm not a massage therapist.

And I'm definitely not an orthopedic surgeon.

What I am is a strength coach/personal trainer with an understanding of corrective exercise. Please note, I did not say rehab - rehab is for athletic trainers and physical therapists. They rehab acute injuries.

My role in this field is to help people who aren't seriously "injured" per se, but to improve their inefficiencies; in essence, to get them healthy and improve their performance.

Now, while I don't claim to be any of the above, I do claim to have at least a basic knowledge of all their jobs. This benefits me in two ways:

1 - I can better understand what it is they do, and how I can help improve the quality of their care as part of a holistic program.

2 - I have a better understanding of who (or when) to refer someone to them for their services.

I don't claim to know it all - in fact, as the cliche saying goes, "The more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn."

But I can always try ;)

Stay strong
MR

PS If you're a trainer in this field and you'd like to learn more about corrective exercise, be sure to check out the Building the Efficient Athlete DVD Series that Eric and I have released. It's a great starting point for someone like you.

1 comment:

Joe said...

Hi Mike,

Good way to express who you are, from one Corrective Exercise Specialist to another. We are not PT's Chiro's or Dr's but we sure can evaluate imbalances and develop corrective stratagies that can improve the quality of life in almost everyone. Keep up the good work.

Joe Licht BA - CES