by Jason Adams
Client is an exercise enthusiast who injured her hips, knees, and low back during various exercise activities. After consulting her orthopedic doctor and being told that she would never be able to perform a loaded squat, she dropped out of her group class and began personal training. The first step was to assess and evaluate her physical abilities to build her baseline program.
During the assessment it was determined that pain in her knees would occur during the eccentric (sitting) phase of the squat and not during the concentric (standing) phase. Her posture also needed correction, targeting mid-back and core strength. The main positive of the exam results was her hip stability had been established from prior training. This gave us various lower body exercises to perform while correcting her squat position.
After 8 weeks of private personal training and participating in multiple corrective exercise programs, the client was able to perform a loaded squat without knee pain. There haven’t been any setbacks and she continues to excel at a high level. Moving forward, we will assess and correct her movement patterns to keep injuries from reoccurring.
As the client continues to progress with personal training, she will perform her corrective exercise program three times per week. The evaluation is ongoing, as new regimens are implemented. The goal is to remain pain-free, especially with activities of daily living.