National Posture Institute Posture Analysis and Correction Workshop
January 18 - 19, 2013 (Fri.-Sat.)
Early Bird Discounts End on Dec. 18, 2012! Register now to save $100
State College of Florida - Lakewood Ranch Campus
7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota, FL 34240
This two- day onsite workshop developed by the National Posture Institute (NPI) teaches personal trainers/group instructors (Aerobic/Strength/TRX/Pilates/Yoga etc…) and allied health/medical professionals to assess and educate their clients/patients in all areas of posture and body alignment.
Attendees that register for the workshop can also register for NPI’s Certified Posture Specialist Program™ or NPI’s Certified Resistance Training Professional Program™ to complete their education via our online course site (3-months access) and take either examination following the workshop.
Website information and registration LINK: http://www.npionline.org/workshops/SarasotaFL.html
National Posture Institute News Story: Medical workers’ spike in computer-related injuries is predicted. Newswise — ITHACA, N.Y. – As U.S. health care goes high tech, spurred by $20 billion in federal stimulus incentives, the widespread ad...
The repetitive strain injuries, he said, will stem from poor office layouts and improper use of computer devices.
“Many hospitals are investing heavily in new technology with almost no consideration for principles of ergonomics design for computer workplaces,” said Alan Hedge, professor of human factors and ergonomics in Cornell’s College of Human Ecology’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. “We saw a similar pattern starting in the 1980s when commercial workplaces computerized, and there was an explosion of musculoskeletal injuries for more than a decade afterward.”
For a paper published in the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, held Oct. 22-26 in Boston, Hedge and James asked 179 physicians about the frequency and severity of their musculoskeletal discomfort, computer use in their clinic, knowledge of ergonomics and typing skills. The most commonly reported repetitive strain injuries were neck, shoulder and upper and lower back pain — with a majority of female doctors and more than 40 percent of male doctors reporting such ailments on at least a weekly basis. About 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men reported right wrist injuries at a similar frequency. Study: https://cornell.box.com/Hedge
“These rates are alarming. When more than 40 percent of employees are complaining about regular problems, that’s a sign something needs to be done to address it,” said Hedge. “In a lot of hospitals and medical offices, workplace safety focuses on preventing slips, trips and falls and on patient handling, but the effects of computer use on the human body are neglected.”
The gender differences, the authors write, appear to be in part because women reported spending about an hour longer on the computer per day than men.
In a second study of 180 physicians and 63 nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the same health system, published in a new volume, “Advances in Human Aspects of Healthcare” (CRC Press), more than 90 percent of respondents reported using a desktop computer at work. On average, they spent more than five hours per day using computers.
Fifty-six percent of doctors and 71 percent of nurse practitioners and physician assistants said their computer use at work had increased in the past year; 22 percent of doctors and 19 percent of nurse practitioners and physician assistants reported less time in face-to-face interactions with patients. Only about 5 percent of participants reported an “expert knowledge” of ergonomics, and more than two-thirds said they had no input in the planning or design of their computer or clinical workstation.
“We can’t assume that just because people are doctors or work in health care that they know about ergonomics,” Hedge said. “With so many potential negative effects for doctors and patients, it is critical that the implementation of new technology is considered from a design and ergonomics perspective.”
Link to study: https://cornell.box.com/Hedge
National Posture Institute Research Review-Heat- and cold-induced athletic injury prevention
Extreme heat or cold can cause dangerous and potentially fatal side effects in athletes. A literature review appearing in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) provides an overview of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and management of various conditions related to excessive heat and cold exposure.
“Both extreme heat and cold can be challenging for athletes during training and competition,” said lead study author Benjamin Noonan, MD, MS. “One role of the team physician is to educate coaches and athletes on the risks of exposure to these conditions and how to best prevent and manage their adverse side effects.”
Injuries related to excessive cold also are caused by an imbalance between heat production and heat loss, and can cause the body’s core temperature to significantly drop, and/or an extreme drop in the tissue temperature and loss of blood flow in the extremities. Appropriate and adequate clothing can prevent cold-related injuries. Heat dissipation is greatly enhanced once clothing becomes saturated from sweat, rain or snow. The primary cold-related injuries include:
Heat-related illness are common, with heat stroke—the most severe side effect of extreme heat exposure—being the third leading cause of death in athletes after cardiac disorders and neck traumas, according to the review. “This is tragic because the consequences of severe heat illness can be mitigated by early detection and recognition by the team physician,” said Dr. Noonan.
Heat stroke is commonly reported during the first four days of sports practice each year. “A slow introduction into activity to allow for acclimation in the summer months, instead of jumping into two football practices a day,” can help prevent heat illness, said Dr. Noonan. Also, athletes should take plenty of water breaks. If an athlete presents with the symptoms of heat illness or stroke, “we should not hesitate to check rectal temperature to gauge heat illness severity; as we think that early recognition and intervention lead to improved outcomes.”
Increases in core body temperature during exercise are the result of changes in the balance of how much heat the body is producing and releasing. Heat is generated during exercise, most often in working muscles, and must be transferred to the skin and released into the environment to avoid overheating. Heat that is not released contributes to elevated core body temperature, and can result in mild to severe, and even life-threatening, illness and injury. Heat-related conditions—from least to most severe—are:
- Heat Edema (Swelling)
- Heat Syncope (Fainting)
- Heat-associated Cramping
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Stroke
Thank you ICAA members for attending our lecture on Fall Prevention Assessments and Posture Analysis and Correction Workshop for Older Adults in New Orleans, LA. We look forward to seeing you all at Friday night’s reception at the Marriot Convention Conference center hotel. Please don’t forget to go early to see the Poster Presentations from 6:00-7:00 in the lobby outside the Blane Kern Ballroom.
The National Posture Institute's staff is in New Orleans for the ICAA and MFA Conference. We will be at the HUR booth number #735; please stop by and say hello. We'd also like to thank SPRI fitness company for providing exercise tubing and other equipment for use during Ken Baldwin's Pre-Con ICAA workshop on posture analysis and correction for older adults taking place this Wednesday!
National Posture Institute Research Review-Physical activity and peer pressure: new research
Study shows that peer mentoring in schools is a simple, fun and inexpensive way to significantly increase kids' physical activity levels
Using peer mentors to enhance school-day physical activity in elementary aged students has been given an A+ from Nova Scotia researchers.
And the increased physical activity levels got top grades for significantly improving both academic test scores and cardiovascular fitness levels.
Funded principally by the Nova Scotia Research Foundation and supported by community partners including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, research by principal investigator Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen and her team at the Maritime Heart Center (MHC) found that peer mentors can significantly influence the amount of physical activity kids have throughout the school day.
The MHC team created a Heart Healthy Kids (H2K ) Lunch program, which included three games that peer mentors could lead during lunch time once every two weeks. At least one MHC staff or adult volunteer was present at each H2K Lunch to ensure that the peer mentors were adequately supported.
"Using positive influences on children to be physically active works," says Dr. Hancock Friesen. "It may be that social reasons for physical activity trump other influences for kids. Unlike adults, they are not as motivated by concern for weight control or long-term health."
Students selected as peer mentors, who were age mates with other team members (grades 4, 5 and 6), received training in organization, positive feedback and team building.
Once the participants had eaten lunch, they participated in the games, including relays, tag and ball games. The peer mentors recognized participants who were particularly involved or helpful and participated in focus groups to evaluate the program.
"There was an average increase among peer-mentored students of over 1,000 steps a day," says Dr. Hancock Friesen. "It is clear that peer mentoring has a role to play in increasing school day activity levels among students."
The Heart Healthy Kids study tracked more than 800 students from 10 schools who used pedometers to track their daily steps. Both control and study schools participated in educational sessions that included basic heart anatomy and physiology, nutrition, smoking prevention and kid-friendly food label reading skills.
The intervention schools took part in the peer mentoring program. Pre- and post-study, all students were evaluated for waist circumference, height and weight and cardiovascular fitness.
While there were improvements in cardiovascular fitness and heart health knowledge in both groups, the intervention schools had significantly increased activity levels and cardiovascular fitness. "As in adults, if we can keep the activity levels high in kids over the long term, the ultimate result will be improved BMIs and waist circumference measurements," says Dr. Hancock Friesen.
The schools were selected by the Halifax Regional School Board based on which ones they believed would benefit most from the program, with a focus on urban schools with a lower than average socio-economic status.
The equipment to run H2K Lunch, including team identifiers, cones, hula hoops and bean bags, cost only $200 per school and was provided for by MHC and its partners.
Dr. Hancock Friesen says the study fits into the groundswell of interventions aimed at stemming the tide of obesity and type 2 diabetes that is becoming all too common in our children and youth.
"When we started H2K, we knew that we would need data for us to be credible advocates for routine school-day physical activity," she says. "A scientific approach will allow us to grow the study into a sustainable program available across the Maritimes and help us advocate for daily physical activity to be reincorporated into every child's school day."
Parent and teacher surveys and interviews revealed adult support for the program was also very strong.
Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Beth Abramson points to recent studies that show that Canadian children and youth are becoming less active.
"Almost one in three Canadian children is currently overweight or obese and only 10 per cent are meeting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity daily," says Dr. Abramson "This research represents a proactive response to this growing epidemic that is putting our children at risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases."
Hancock Friesen hopes that parents and school leaders will adopt new ways of encouraging children to be more active, based on these research results. "Physical activity doesn't need to mean traditional sports or expensive equipment. Kids can participate in less structured activities – it can be as simple as encouraging them to take time away from their iPods and other electronic gadgets and go outside to play with their peers."
The Heart and Stroke Foundation places a high priority on students receiving at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, based on Canada's physical activity guidelines. Healthy behaviours including regular physical activity beginning at a young age and continuing throughout life are important to reducing your risk of heart disease and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
The Foundation's efforts focused on children and youth aim to inspire individuals, families and communities to help children become more physically active, eat healthier foods and become and remain smoke-free.
Dr. Abramson commented, "Our schools are the logical environment to begin to influence levels of physical activity; this is where our children spend a significant part of their day. Results of this study support the Foundation's position that health, well-being and learning are intimately connected, and that schools have the potential to make a dramatic difference in the lives of Canadian children and youth."
Recommendations for the average Canadian family and educators
Parents and teachers, in both the school and non-school environments should:
- Encourage and provide opportunities for kids to be physically active with their peers;
- Encourage peer-led games: i.e., older kids come up with games and teach younger siblings, friends, neighbours;
- Encourage participation in a variety of sports, including informal non-structured sports like playing tag or running around outdoors;
- Not be discouraged by their own activity levels or weight – encouraging their children to go out and play with their peers can still have positive results;
- Identify and encourage children with peer-mentoring/leadership qualities to foster activity among their friends/siblings.
National Posture Institute - ICAA Posture Analysis and Correction For Older Adults taking place on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This one day Onsite Pre-Conference Workshop (8 Hours) teaches health/fitness professionals, personal trainers/group instructors (Aerobic/Strength/Silver Sneakers/Pilates/Yoga etc…), and allied health/medical professionals (physical therapists/chiropractors) to assess and educate their older adult clients/patients in all areas of posture and body alignment. The lecture develops a logical flow and sequence to understand, analyze, and assess an individual’s static and dynamic posture in an easy to follow manner. Attendees will learn how to implement this essential key assessment into their organizations current exercise testing program to improve older adult posture that will lead to better balance and a reduction in falls. Learn more and register here: http://www.npionline.org/workshops/ICAA.html
Certificate in Personal Fitness Training
Approved by the American college of sports medicine for 100 CECs & more
Certificate Course Descriptions:
The Online Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training is an instructor led, web-based, interactive educational experience that includes input and guidance from outstanding faculty/instructors drawn from colleges/universities, the allied health/medical field, and the personal fitness training profession. Students can elect to take the Advanced Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training, which requires an additional 3 courses (see below).
The certificate program is designed to supply essential education integrating exercise science curriculum and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through different training levels and phases. Students will be prepared for careers working at medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, YMCA’s/JCC’s, and private and commercial health clubs. Included with the either certificate program registration, you will receive complimentary access to receive the National Posture Institute’s Certified Resistance Training Professional™ (RTP™) designation.
View Complete Approved CEC-CEU List: http://www.npionline.org/programs/professional/career-development/careerdevelopmentcec.htm
The National Posture Institute's (NPI) one-day workshop teaches personal trainers, all group exercise instructors (Aerobic/Strength/TRX/Pilates/Yoga etc...), and allied health/medical professionals to assess, correct, and educate their clients in all areas of posture and body alignment.
Continuing Education Credits/Units (CEC/CEU): The Onsite Posture Workshop offers CECs/CEUs for Personal Trainers (ACSM, NSCA, ACE, NASM, etc...), Louisana Physical Therapists (7 CECs Onsite Workshop & 23 CECs for Online Certified Posture Specialist Program), Athletic Trainers, Kinesiotherapists, and RDs/DTRs from various national and international organizations. Continuing Education Credits/Units List- http://www.npionline.org/approvedcec.htm
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Benefits of our Free Webinars:
- Informational: Thousands of busy allied fitness/health professionals and individual consumers are using our webinars as a great way to learn valuable new information and education about the health, fitness, and exercise field. Webinars are 30 to 60-minute in length; designed to fit into your busy schedule
- Expert Advice: Learn from well known national and international experts in the areas of exercise program design, human movement, health/fitness research, sports performance, nutrition, and fitness management.
- No Special Equipment needed: A telephone and computer with access to the Internet is all the equipment you need. Use a speakerphone and as many people as you want can listen in and watch.
- They're convenient: No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office to attend a conference. Listen from the comfort and convenience of your desk.
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- Posture Assessments on clients/patients
- Performing Exercise Movements Correctly
- Corrective Posture Exercises
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- Exercise/rehab program design
- Becoming an NPI-Certified Posture Specialist
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