Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Does your current exercise routine have you running in circles? When it comes to keeping pace with exercise adherence and motivation, employing a Personal Trainer can help reach one’s stride. However, determining which Personal Trainer to choose can be a challenging task, and it is important to be aware of which credentials to look for and what differentiates one trainer from the next.
This is your body we are talking about. Would you go to just any doctor your insurance covers without reading up on the physician? Probably not. So why entrust the wellness of your body to any Joey Jockstrap your gym throws your way? I am here to help navigate you through what credentials and certifications to look for in a Personal Trainer. Let’s get to work.
Disqualify the Uncertified. As a rule of thumb, always verify that your Personal Trainer is certified.
Justin Shaginaw, M.P.T., A.T.C.
Grab your helmet and stick and let’s hit the lacrosse field.
A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s lacrosse using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004. The results show a nearly 4 times higher rate of injury in games than in practice (12.58 versus 3.24 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures [A-Es]).
David Berkson, MD
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most common medical problems—affecting about one quarter of all Americans. It is also the most common cardiovascular condition in competitive athletes.
Blood pressure can be thought of as looking at the stress on the heart. The top number is known as the systolic pressure and measures the stress when the heart is actively beating. The bottom number is called the diastolic pressure which measures the stress when the heart is at rest, between beats. The greater the stress on the heart, the greater the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and heart failure.
In adults, normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Blood pressure between 120-139/80-89 is considered pre-hypertension, which puts someone at an increased risk of developing hypertension in their future. Stage 1 hypertension is when the blood pressure is between 140-159/90-99. Stage 2 is over 160/100, which puts you at a 150-300% increased risk of having a stroke, heart attack, or heart failure.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
Jeff Parke worked for a lifetime to become a professional soccer player. It wasn’t until he’d reached that goal and spent a few years in Major League Soccer (MLS) that he realized just how much it meant to him.
“I can remember the day it happened,” says Parke. “I was still playing in New York, going through some different injuries. We were out to dinner with my girlfriend’s [now Parke’s wife] brother, and we just started talking about different foods and some of my habits. It kind of dawned on me what I’d need to do to take my career to the next level.”
This was back in 2008, when Parke was 26 and single. Now 31, Parke is married with a young daughter and another child on the way. He is back home playing defense for the Philadelphia Union (he was born in Abington and played collegiately at Drexel.) It’s his first year with the Union, but his 10th season in MLS. He attributes his longevity to the changes he made after that fateful conversation.
Vince Market is a 50-year old born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He is happily married with children who have always supported him every step of the way. Vince was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 47 and after three years he is cancer-free. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and going on long walks.
Is this your first year participating in the Gary Papa Run:
No, I joined the run two years ago with my family and friends. After a wonderful Father’s Day, I decided to bring together a larger group to run with my family and me. This year I have a team of about twenty five family and friends participating. As a survivor, it’s a great day in your road to recovery!
Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of profiles of participants in the annual Gary Papa Run, scheduled this year for Father's Day, June 16. The Run, named in honor of the longtime 6ABC sports anchor and director, support prostate cancer research and awareness.
Bob Nardi is a 68 year old from Wenohah, NJ. He is married with two children and four grandchildren. Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 61 and continues to fight the cancer today. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially on the day of the run.
Is this your first year in the Gary Papa event?
Editor's note: Earlier this week, we profiled the Gary Papa Run, held each Father's Day for prostate cancer research and awareness. This is the first in a series of profiles of race participants--and survivors of the disease.
Jim Miller, 57, Media, PA
-Jim has been married for 32 years and has two grown daughters.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
For years, Channel 6’s anchor and Sports Director Gary Papa was a Philadelphia institution.
But to one colleague, he was so much more.
“Quite simply, Gary Papa is the reason I am here,” says Jamie Apody, Channel 6 sports reporter and anchor who was hired by Papa in 2006.
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