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FEATURE ARTICLE
Carol Michaels

www.carolmichaelsfitness.com

A BRITTLE EPIDEMIC
	

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Safe	programming	for	clients	with	osteoporosis	

steoporosis is at epidemic
proportions. Fifty percent of
women over the age of 50 and
25 percent of men will break a
bone due to osteoporosis during their lives.
This is not just an old person's disease. We are
seeing more individuals under 50 receiving this
diagnosis and while this is often thought to be
a concern for women, men can also have brittle bones. Personal trainers and group fitness
instructors at some point in their career will
most likely have clients and class participants

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who have this disease. It is imperative to learn
about osteoporosis and how to create a safe
exercise program for your clients.
INITIAL ASSESSMENT AND
RISK AWARENESS
An initial assessment includes strength
testing, coordination, posture, frailty, proprioception and balance testing. Fitness professionals must ask their clients if they have
osteoporosis and learn their fracture history.
Determine if your clients over age 50 have

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taken a bone density test and evaluate their
risk for bone loss. You should be aware that
several common medications increase the
risk of osteoporosis. Females are more prone
to osteoporosis as well as those with a small
frame, have a family history of osteoporosis,
subject to early menopause, and those who
are sedentary. It may be necessary to educate
your client. Osteoporosis is a silent disease
and sadly it is not uncommon for individuals
to realize that they have low bone mass only
after they break a bone.


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