Understanding High-Risk Exercises. To Do, Or Not To Do. "If it doesn't make scientific sense, and it defies common sense, then it must be non sense.” (Nick Tumminnelo) You must determine the risk of any exercise by considering the following: The individual you are working with
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Physical therapist Shirley Sahrmann, in her book "Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes", states:"The overall range of lumbar rotation is ...approx 13 degrees. The thoracic spine, not the lumbar spine should be the site of greatest amount of rotation of the trunk… when an individual practices rotational exercises, he or she should be instructed to "think about the motion occurring in the area of the chest" (Sahrmann, pg. 61)