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by Otama
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:08 am
Forum: Exercise Science
Topic: Masters in exercise science
Replies: 5
Views: 11007

Not too sure about Bond. I believe they are a purely fee paying university (here in Aus the government pays for your degrees as the norm via a payback scheme). I don't know what the Cardiac Rehab scene is like over there but here Ex.Phys with a Cardiac Rehab post grad can get work but only in the mo...
by Otama
Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:26 am
Forum: Testing
Topic: Properly using a Caliper on my big gut :)
Replies: 6
Views: 21016

Depends on your quality of caliper. Unless you have some proper anthropometric calipers I wouldn't attempt it. Depending on the amount of body fat I would start using a waist circumference measurement. You will get an indication of fat loss and when you get down around say a 20mm measurement at that...
by Otama
Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:43 am
Forum: Exercise Science
Topic: Masters in exercise science
Replies: 5
Views: 11007

I will premise this by saying I am based in Australia. I completed my undergrad in ex.physiology and when looking for a post grad I looked at and eventually ignored M.Ex.Science or similar. Not sure where you are from but ex.physiologists in this country have an uphill battle when it comes to recogn...
by Otama
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:49 am
Forum: Exercise Science
Topic: back pain or sciatic pain
Replies: 4
Views: 10884

If you haven't already get yourself assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon or my pick a neurologist but here a few tips. Sciatica is an overused term and commonly abused term and pinched nerve doesnt really fit the bill in all cases. There are many different conditions which might cause similar symptoms...
by Otama
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pain at the base of the skull
Replies: 11
Views: 8909

yes get yourself checked out. the symptoms you described are similar to what Scott described but can also be attributed to disc pathology in the cervical spine. Forums are no substitute for a medical opinion in cases like this.
by Otama
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Round Back Lifting
Replies: 23
Views: 15753

If I lived in a bubble, this might be true. However, for active people involved in a variety of strenuous activities, having a strong core is very important. Neglecting to train this area can greatly increase the risk of injury durring other activities like contact sports, or even everyday tasks li...
by Otama
Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Round Back Lifting
Replies: 23
Views: 15753

Well the reason 'professionals' tell you not to do it is because it is not a safe posture to put your spine into. It's not easier to tell someone that, its just the way things are. Training adaptions have nothing to do with it the outright loading on the spine (vertebrae and discs) is the concern. A...
by Otama
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Midsection ?
Replies: 8
Views: 6518

If you got it from a chiro it is likely they called it abdominal hollowing and it is used as a motor reeducation exercise after injury it does not however ensure spine stability as all it recruits is the transverse rather than all three levels of abdominal wall. That first link reads like spot reduc...
by Otama
Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sucking in the stomach = good posture?
Replies: 4
Views: 7072

What you are describing is abdominal hollowing and it recruits the transverse and although it provides some stability it isn't ideal. Abdominal bracing which is an isometric contraction coactivates transverse and the internal and external obliques and will provide superior spinal stability. Hollowin...
by Otama
Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ACHES ON MY BACK AND NECK
Replies: 3
Views: 4858

Firstly rid yourself of the belief we were all taught in school that there is such a thing as a definitive poor seated posture or a good one. Whilst ergonomics has a role to play in workstation setup etc the standard postural guidelines used are misguided but are beginning to change. Ideally a 'good...
by Otama
Sun Oct 01, 2006 1:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Lower Back and Abdominal Exercises
Replies: 7
Views: 7115

My point about the psoas to put it more clearly is that most people view iliopsoas as a muscle, mainly due to texts and other references failing to keep up with research, whereas most would designate hamstrings or quadriceps as a muscle groups which is why they are usually described in the plural. Y...
by Otama
Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:57 pm
Forum: Exercise Science
Topic: Force in Knee/Hip Joint
Replies: 3
Views: 10466

What forces are you asking about....compressive, shear, torque...forces acting on muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint spaces??? The parameters are pretty endless and the best answer would be 'how long is a piece of string?'
by Otama
Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: Exercise Science
Topic: MCL/LCL Damage
Replies: 3
Views: 10697

In a nutshell no.
by Otama
Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Belt for Deadlifts and Squats...
Replies: 6
Views: 5961

If you want to just lift more then go ahead wear a belt but if you are seeking to train specific motor patterns for specific tasks that require a stable torso then ditch the belt.
by Otama
Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Working out early in the mornings
Replies: 6
Views: 5721

From a back health or back injury prevention point of view you should not lift or perform torso bending exercises within 2 hours of getting out of bed due to the hydrophilic nature of vertebral discs and the resulting increased stresses on discs and ligaments seen within that 2 hour period.