June 28th, 2013

Health N

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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares insight on the activity

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. 

On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.


The boot camp style of exercise class has been exploding in popularity. These classes have many advantages over traditional exercise.  The classes are relatively cheap, require little equipment, often held outdoors and have a very social atmosphere.  The exercises themselves blend military style calisthenics with other body-weight exercises such as lunges, squats, sprints, push-ups, and every marines favorite, the squat-thrust.  Many are attracted to the unconventional nature of these boot camps in a desire to break up the tedium of their gym routine or home based exercise. 


Unfortunately, along with the explosion in popularity of the boot camps, there have also been a growing number of injuries associated with these classes.  Even in the military, the incidence of injuries in real boot camp is high.  The pentagon reported in a study of all recruits from 2004-2010 a 28% injury rate.  Recruits are typically in the age range of teens to people in their early 20’s.  How do you think 45 year old bankers and secretaries will fare doing jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, and sprints on Saturday morning?  The problem is that exercise need to be personalized to the needs, goals, and abilities of the individual. Putting a group of 20-30 people with vastly differing levels of fitness through the same program will result in some of them being extremely bored, and some of them heading to the doctor. Most of these classes have the following problems:

- No screening process

- No health review

- No medical history

Use Caution

I don’t want to leave the impression that all boot camps are dangerous and should be stopped. On the contrary, I believe they are an exciting new format that may bring many new people into exercise and fitness. I simply believe that caution must be used before signing up, especially for people that are in poor shape and are just beginning to exercise. 

Please ask the following before signing up:

1. Is there a screening process for individuals to determine their fitness baseline?

2. What is the goal of the class? Is the class heavy on cardio or strength? Is the class heavy on core strength or plyometrics? Know what you are getting into before starting a new workout.

3. What is the target age range for this class?

4. Is this class appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced levels?

5. How many trainers will be present to provide individualized instruction?

6. Will modifications be taught for more difficult exercises?

Find a class that is safe, well supervised, and takes into account your fitness level and you should be able to improve your health with little chance of injury. You just have to be selective and do the research. 

-Ty E. Richardson, M.D.-

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic & Sports Rehab Center

Main Office: 502-897-1794

Physical Therapy: 502-897-1790

Website: louortho.com

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