Provider: The BioMechanics
Type: Online Course
CEC Credits: ACE 1.7 CECs

Understanding Corrective Exercise–The “Why” and “How”

Musculoskeletal disorders and imbalances affect millions of people in the United States, with as many as one in two Americans afflicted, according to the National Institutes of Health. With corrective exercise, you can help your clients target underlying muscle and movement imbalances that cause pain and discomfort. By learning proper movements and techniques aimed at mitigating and eliminating musculoskeletal imbalances, you can help clients begin, return to or continue a program of regular exercise without limitations. The key to success, however, is designing the right program for each client.

The Fundamentals of Corrective Exercise was created to give health and fitness professionals a framework to create a successful corrective exercise program. You will learn the elements of corrective exercise, how to select and adapt exercises to meet the needs of each client, and how to coach each technique effectively. With these techniques, you will help alleviate muscle and fascia restrictions, increase mobility and range of movement, build strength and promote pain-free functional movement within your clients.

Career Outlook

With the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in America, the reality is that most clients who seek health and fitness services are among those suffering from these conditions. In fact, studies have shown that 90% of people who currently use personal training services report experiencing pain related to temporary or chronic musculoskeletal issues while performing even low-level physical activities (Schroeder and Donlin 2013). Gaining the knowledge and skills to identify and correct muscle and movement imbalances is both crucial to your current practice and to your career growth. The lack of fitness professionals with the appropriate skills to serve people with muscle or joint pain and other physically-limiting musculoskeletal conditions has created a significant gap in the care continuum. Learning these skills will enable you to fill this need—and position yourself as a go-to professional in this area.

You will learn:

  • To identify exercises that can be used to improve common musculoskeletal imbalances
  • To understand what self-myofascial release techniques are and when to use them
  • How stretching exercises can be used to increase mobility and range of movement
  • When to incorporate strengthening exercises into corrective exercise programs to help clients move without discomfort
  • To apply strategies for regressing and progressing exercises, appropriate to a client’s abilities

The Fundamentals of Corrective Exercise is a standalone course as well as Module 3 of The BioMechanics Method® Corrective Exercise Specialist Program. To learn more about earning the full specialist credential, click here.

References

Schroeder, J., and A. Donlin, eds. 2013. IDEA fitness programs and equipment trends report. San Diego, CA: IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Reviews

As with all of The Biomechanics Method Courses, The Fundamentals of Corrective Exercise has a very logical sequence of progression that remains consistent through the entire course. The program begins with self-myofascial release and progresses through stretching and strengthening exercises. Within those modules progressions and regressions for each activity are always emphasized. In addition, there is a nice section entitled Evaluating Exercise which uses the acronym SIMPLE to evaluate the suitability of any given exercise. I understand that most trainers want to cut directly to the corrective exercise library, but I strongly suggested that you go through the courses in their designed order. 1. The Fundamentals of Structural Assessment 2. Understanding Muscles and Movement 3. The Fundamentals of Corrective Exercise 4. The Complete Corrective Exercise Library 5. Corrective Exercise Program Design. During my initial client assessments I find that nearly every client is in need of some corrective exercise based on reported discomfort or limitations found during the structural assessment. I highly recommend this course. It will teach you to provide a unique service to your clients.

As I progress through the modules, I am thoroughly enjoying the course. This module/course is a great in depth explanation of the basic fundamentals. Definitely recommend this course.

This is a very informative module clear explanations and visuals that I plan to implement into my programming.

As a gym owner, it is important to stay on top of information as it becomes available, and refreshing knowledge obtained from prior trainings is just as important. I liked this course because it's thorough and provides in-depth information with video instruction. I'd recommend adding this course whether you're learning something new or as a refresher.