How to Find the Right Personal Trainer When you Have an Injury

Exercising when you have an injury can be hard to get right. Often you may find that your normal gym program is making your pain worse and that you may need to stop training all together to heal. We recommend first speaking to an Exercise Physiologist about your injury and your training goals before giving up on the gym! Exercise Physiologists are experts in the use of exercise to rehabilitate injuries. By using an Exercise Physiologist to do your personal training sessions you’re guaranteed to be able to both achieve your fitness and weightlifting goals as well as your health/rehabilitation goals.

Exercise physiologists are fantastic for personal training clients with injuries. They have a minimum 4 years’ worth of university study experience and are part of the allied health profession. They study exercise and the effects on soft tissue conditions, injuries and pain. They have a strong understanding of human anatomy and how each of the individual body systems function and work together. They are able to fully explain how specific exercises are beneficial to your injury and why other exercises are inappropriate for your injury.

What does an Exercise Physiologist do?

Exercise physiologists use exercise as therapy, in other words, prescribe exercise as ‘medicine’. 

An exercise physiologist is concerned with how exercise positively changes the human body to improve short- and long-term health. They can help you understand how to exercise safely and effectively to improve your wellbeing, body function and prevent injury. This is done by prescribing exercises to prevent disease and medical conditions, improve the strength and endurance of your body, and help you recover and manage from injury or conditions. Exercise advice is individualised to your needs, as they will assess your individual ability, health, goals and rehabilitation needs. Exercise is not prescribed as ‘one size fits all’. They will design and deliver safe exercises for you and evaluate the exercises to maintain its safety and challenge for you. Exercises can range from strength, resistance and conditioning programs, to aerobic, balance or flexibility-based exercises. 

Personal training clients with injuries – some of the injuries than an Exercise Physiologist can assist with:

  • Acute pain
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Neck injuries
  • Shoulder tears
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Knee tracking disorders
  • Knee pain and injury
  • Ligament tears
  • Muscular tears
  • Muscular sprains
  • Muscular strains
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) 
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Fracture rehabilitation
  • Recovery from swelling/oedema 
  • Musculoskeletal injuries 
  • Workplace injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging (falls risk, maintain muscle and bone structure, balance)
  • Pre- and post-surgery

They can work across the lifespan, from children (paediatrics) to older adults (geriatrics). If you have an injury that is not listed above, get in touch with your Exercise Physiologist to ask if they treat it. 

Exercise physiology and soft tissue

Exercise therapy is mainly to improve the soft tissue function of the body. But what is soft tissue? The soft tissue of the body involves the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and fascia, all which allow us to freely move and participate in activities. These soft tissues provide us the strength and flexibility to maintain our posture, and to support our movement. Unfortunately, the soft tissues of our body are prone to injuries such as: muscle tears, sprains, postural misalignments and other trauma. All these injuries can occur during our day-to-day lives, from work, exercise, hobbies, and even sleep may cause soft tissue issues. Exercise and personal training can help returning normal functioning of the soft tissue and increase the strength of these soft tissues to prevent further injury.

In conclusion, a exercise physiology assists with:

  • Helping speed recovery from pain and injury
  • Managing and improve medical conditions
  • Improving joint, bone, muscle, heart and lung health
  • Improving core stability and posture
  • Decreasing weight and body fat levels
  • Improving balance and coordination
  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Assisting with pregnancy 
  • Improving sports performance

Book an appointment

For more information on how our Exercise Physiology services can help you and your condition please don’t hesitate to contact us directly on 0411 563 391 or Tim@urbanhealthhq.com.au

Published by Urban Health HQ

We are a health and fitness centre offering Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiology, Personal Training and Group Fitness classes.

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