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REHAB ROUND-UP


More GPs than ever are prescribing exercise as a form of recovery from illness and injury. Health clubs recognise that, to maximise this opportunity, they need the right equipment and knowledge in place to support it – and equipment suppliers are improving their offering to meet the new demand


The range works in harmony with the natural movements of the body, making it the perfect addition to a rehabilitation programme. The range comprises six machines which effectively act as 12 workout stations thanks to their dual- function weight stacks. HumanSport can help target specific areas of the body, developing strength, core stability and dynamic movement. Sarah Morelli, Star Trac biomechanics


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coach, explains: “The HumanSport range works with the body instead of against it, making injury prevention and rehabilitation easy to achieve. The range has been developed to give health clubs not only the best quality fi tness equipment but also to cater for the growing trend of rehabilitative exercise.”


training movement Another equipment supplier that recognises the need to provide health clubs with the tools to deliver rehab is BeaverFit, which designs, manufactures and distributes training equipment for strength and endurance development. BeaverFit says its resistance bands and sleds are the perfect addition to a rehabilitation workout. BeaverFit director Tom Beaver


says: “Resistance bands are extremely adaptable – you can perform a number of exercises using just these bands, including targeting smaller muscle groups that are hard to train with more traditional free weight exercises.”


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tar Trac has recently developed the HumanSport range of cable- based equipment to reflect the mechanics of the human body.


PTontheNet provides the knowledge needed to deliver rehabilitation programmes The bands are, he continues,


particularly relevant to athletic conditioning: “Sports-specifi c conditioning involves training movements rather than individual muscle groups; the versatility of our resistance band exercises allows the athlete to mirror very closely the movement patterns in their sport, with varying degrees of resistance.” This ensures not only that people can be rehabilitated following injury, but also helps avoid such problems occurring in the fi rst place. BeaverFit’s range of weighted sleds


can also help with recovery. Users can increase endurance and strength in the arms, shoulders, hips and legs by pulling and pushing them. They come in a range of sizes so people at different levels of their rehabilitation can still benefi t from their use, whether pulling them while walking or using them for lat pulls or backwards ankle dragging.


equipment and beyond Aside from equipment suppliers, health clubs are also turning to other businesses to support their rehab offering. PTontheNet is an online resource where personal trainers can access a host of support materials and tutorials. There are 1,500 exercises and


stretches available, with 3,000 articles about functional and sports training and corrective exercise. The service is currently used by health and fi tness centres, chains, local authorities and independent operators and is viewed as a cost-effective way to improve the service of facilities’ staff. Andy Jackson, global commercial


director at FitPro, which owns PTontheNet, says: “We aim to give trainers the tools, knowledge and confi dence to create quality exercise programmes for all their rehab clients.”


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latest innovations and seek advice from leading suppliers at Leisure Industry Week (LIW), which takes place from 21–23 September 2010 at Birmingham’s NEC. PTontheNet will sponsor LIW’s Small Group Functional Training Zone, while Star Trac and BeaverFit will be exhibiting within the show’s Health & Fitness Zone. For further information on the event and details of how to exhibit, please visit www.liw.co.uk


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