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The Fitness Zone

My Injury
July 23, 2014

David Verdugo, Coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness VIC/TAS, reviews the My Injury app.

As a Personal Trainer it can be an extremely difficult situation when a client speaks about an acute or chronic injury they are suffering from. Questions that can arise due to these injuries could include:

  • Is my program safe for them to perform?
  • Will this exacerbate their injury?
  • What should my sessions include or not include?

Regen Health technologies has created an application called My Injury to assist in the diagnosis of common injuries that clients and Personal Trainers might be suffering from on a daily basis. At first look, the app looks like a lot of others on the market claiming to offer solutions or treatments on injuries but you quickly begin to realise that all bases are covered here and can provide support for a Personal Trainer.

The app includes an Injury identifier function to help you diagnose an injury as well as giving a detailed injury description along with common causes, signs and symptoms of each injury, potential healing times, treatment options and most importantly helpful tips that will assist any Personal Trainer continue with more confidence.

The app also includes a large number of effective exercises to increase strength and flexibility which can be used to great effect with clients that have specific weaknesses, and to add to there is a basic how to guide for taping different muscles and joints of the body and a brief, yet accurate guide to Trigger Point release, which can be a great inclusion to your session with your clients to provide relief if practiced prior.

Although My Injury can be a useful tool, it is important to only act within your scope of practice and always remember to refer clients to an Allied Health Professional if injuries persist for an accurate diagnosis.

Overall though, My injury is very useful in a Personal Trainer’s toolbox and with just a basic level of knowledge in anatomy you will be able to speak with confidence to your clients in relation to their injury, but be aware that signs and symptoms for injuries can be very similar and hard to tell apart.

I’d rate this app a 4 out of 5 based on user friendliness, applicable content and most importantly the potential to improve every Personal Trainer’s knowledge in injury management.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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