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PERSONAL TRAINERS BEWARE #2: HYPERMOBILITY

PERSONAL TRAINERS BEWARE! #2

In our second of 10 musculoskeletal situations that are important to have in your background knowledge, let us look at Hypermobility. Perhaps it is a bit harsh to say “Beware!” about this common condition, rather we could say “Be Aware”! 
Be aware: that when someone displays even subtle hints of extra mobility in their shoulders, elbows, spines, or knees, then a slightly different emphasis needs to be given to their rehab and training.
So, what to look out for to know if someone is hypermobile?
1.
Hyperextending knees or elbows are a clear give-away.
Subtle:
       

Severe:

  Scary:
2.
Easily hypertrophy with weights programmes, but may also lose muscle bulk fast.
3.
Carry tension, rather than tightness – so again, results of trigger pointing may be rapid, but not long lasting.
4.
Usually “Sway back” or “Flat back” postural types.
5.
Lack body-positioning awareness…
6.
Love yoga (their body easily bends) and hate running (too easily injures them). True!
AND Here are a few principles I have collected from my clinical years:

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Minimize stretching and instead do myofascial release.
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Move slowly in training, to give the brain time to fully engage in movements.
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Allow no jarring at end of range of movements.
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Take extra care with posture, and scapula and pelvis positioning.
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Focus on control of movements, rather than load.

Enjoy Adam’s video!

Ulrik