Assignment #2

Hey all.  Thanks for the great responses to the first questions, we even had some back and forth between all of you, that is great.  Many of you are having wonderful experiences, and even seeing some of the politics that take place (as Jesse spoke of the tension between PTs and Exercise Physiologists).  Hopefully each of you are learning things that you can use in the future.  This ties into assignment #2, see below:

ASSIGNMENT #2

As most of you have completed the first few weeks of your internship, I am interested in how your education has served you so far.  The questions I would like you to respond to are these:

1)  Have you felt academically prepared for your internship thus far?
2)  What areas do you feel strong in?  (ie communication skills, training skills, teaching form, etc).
3)  What areas do feel weak in, and how could the program at SC improve to help you with these?

That is it for now.  Please post your responses no later than Friday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm.  (That gives you another week to get them done 🙂

SITE VISITS

The faculty members are in the process of scheduling site visits, so don’t be surprised if you get contacted to make sure you will be there when we get there.  I know we are all looking forward to seeing each of you at your respective sites.  Keep up the good work.

Take care
Mark

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32 Responses to “Assignment #2”

  1. Caitlin Quinn Says:

    I would say that for the most part I do feel academically prepared for this internship. Coach Hudy sits down with me every day and we go over a few topics. During these sessions I wish that I had learned more in kinesiology but its not bad. Discussions with her are an awesome refresher of all the science behind the movements. As far as comminucation, teahcing, and technique goes I am very confident. One of the first things Hudy did with me was make sure that I knew how to teach proper technique on all the major lifts, which, thanks to SC and prior experience, I definately did. My biggest probles is anatomy. I did great in the class when I took it but I should have been revieving all the way through. Its not horrible but I don’t remember as much as I should. I will say that I learned the most at SC during the time I spent actually coaching at internships and making mistakes. So if you’re not getting much coahing in, get in there!

  2. Andrea Gallo Says:

    I feel that my experience at SC has given me the solid base that I need to become successful in S&C. I am finding that what I have learned there over my 2 year stay comes back to me when I observe and help train. I ask alot of questions about the training methods beacuse my setting is more or less a commercial S&C facility, so the programs are a little different from what I was exposed to at SC. My biggest fear is losing this knowledge, so I feel that one strong point I have is continuing my education through reading journal and hopefully attending conferences. One job I’ve taken on is correcting form since I’ve noticed alot of lifts being done incorrectly. This carry over to when I work with younger kids, I make sure that they are using good form from the get-go. I feel that an area I am weak in are thinking on the fly. Sometimes I am given a group of younger kids, or am told to do agilities with the older kids and I have to make up a work out right then and there. The more I do it the easier it becomes, but when the client has a 1/2 hr. session you can’t spend too much time thinking about what to do. I could work on my verbal cues as well when I am coaching. My supervisor reminds the athletes of things like “core tight” and what not and I just forget to do that all together. The thing I wish I knew more about is speed and agility work, but I am learning some here at Future Fitness and will be able to help out at a Speed and Agility camp this summer.

  3. Mike Tremble Says:

    So far my experience has been going very well. A lot of new information has been thrown my way in the last 2 weeks and I am absorbing most of it. From what I have earned so far I do feel academically prepared for this experience for the most part.

    The areas that I feel strongest in are those in communication, and teaching form. Coming from a school like Springfield that has small classes and encourages an open floor for asking questions in the classroom setting has been a huge help. Also in teaching form I feel very comfortable.

    Where Springfield is lacking I think is in a few areas. Springfield College should offer more strength and conditioning classes. Taking strength and conditioning and Str. and Cond. Apps is not enough. The school should offer more in-depth courses focusing on periodization, and different training methods and philosophies. A one class intro to the topic is not enough. For many of the topics within strength and conditioning it will take much more than just one semester long class. If Springfield College wants to continue to count itself among the elite schools for strength and conditioning then they will need to offer more in-depth classes in the field.

  4. Colleen Faltus Says:

    First and foremost my experience at Providence College has been a good one and my site supervisors make sure that I am being challenged and understanding the core concepts of their program and strength and conditioning. I feel that SC has given me a ountiful amount of knowledge that helps me apply a vast majority of my knowledge to my area of study with this internship I am doing. However, along the same route Mike was talking about I feel that there should me classes designated toward strength and conditioning. Although anatomy and kiniesiology and other ralted topics are of significant relevance to our field of study, I feel that without proper knowledge of the basics and the complexities of strength and conditionig it would be difficult to be able to set up a proper strength program for individual athletes and teams. I feel that SC does a very good jb of hitting the anatomy, kiniesiology, and physiolgy aspects of strength and conditioning so that has helped me out quite a bit.

    I feel that I am strong in the areas of communication skills and teaching form. Being actively involved at SC has allowed me the opportunity to expand upon my ability to propery engage in conversation and have the confidence in my knowledge to not hesitate to ask questions and mak mistakes. Also being exposed to both the Wellness Center and the strength and conditioning room at school has given me ample time to become accustomed to proper technique and form on specific lifts.

    One area that I definately feel weak in is understanding how to set up a proper strength program for particualr athletes and teams at certain times, whether it be in or out of season. I am beginning to understand a little bit of the ins and out of how strength programs are set up with the assistance of Coach White and Rick, but I definately need a little bit more help. First and foremost, I have not yet taken the strength and condititong class and S&C applications class at school yet, so I am hoping I will be able to understand more about the essentials of a strength program after I take these classes. I also would have to agree with Mike. Although I have not taken these classes yet, I think it would be beneficial to have more classes for strength and conditioning that delves into the area of study. Maybe even instead of more classes about S&C, the exercsie program could enforce more internship hours be done before we graduate, whether they be done in our own facility or in other facilities across the country. I know this is alot easier said than done because we as students already have a plethora of credits besides ones in our major that need to be done before we graduate, but it is something to think about.

  5. Jesse Demers Says:

    I feel that SC has given me a huge advantage over many other people in the field of Ex. Phys. I think that the most important thing that SC has taught me has been the ability to be able to justify actions. I feel that Sc has given me the knowledge to put reason to things and obtain a wealth of information and resources. like most others coaching has come easy because of SC and so has the ability to hold a conversation with professionals.
    There is a few things that i think SC should concentrate on that we may lack. The first thing is body mechanics. I feel that posture and gait training need to be a larger part of the curriculum. There is so many things you can tell by the way a person walks, runs and stands. These areas are how you determine what the athlete lacks, and how to go about correcting these problems. The second thing that i feel is very important to concentrate on is Non-Linear per iodization. This is important especially in the private sector because you do not see people with the consistency that you see a team in a college setting.
    Other than that SC has been able to guide me into the right path with knowledge, confidence and professionalism.

  6. Alex O'Keefe Says:

    I have absolutely felt academically prepared for my work so far. I have had no problem offering my input and advice to anyone who has asked. I have been comfortable using some of the things I have learned in the classes I have taken so far, but I also have to give some credit to S&C program at Springfield because I have used some of the things I learned while participating in that program and added them into the workouts. Some areas where I have felt strong in are communicating and teaching, not only form but giving reasons why we are doing certain things. I think that is a very important part of our field and is what people, especially younger athletes, really want to understand. I also think it is an area that SC can improve on or offer in the future and that is the ability to give out the information that clients really want to know and be able to tell them that in terms that they understand. An area that i dont necessarily feel weak in but at times I do forget that not every understands certain terms that I use and I have to reword things or put them in simpler terms so that the people I am working with can better understand. I think that it would be a good idea for SC to offer classes or ways to learn how to present all of the information that we have learned to other people. My experience at SC has left me more than prepared and has given me the confidence and ability to contribute to the programs and teach others.

  7. Mark Novellano Says:

    SC has helped me to prepare academically for my internship especially after taking Kinesiology. I am looking forward to taking the Strength and Conditioning course next semester. There are some strong areas that I have confidence with myself in, such as teaching and correcting form, designing programs, and answering questions the clients have that is up to my knowledge. In addition, I enjoy having conversations and educating clients and patients on what they need to know about their injury or just answering questions in general about training. On the other hand, I do have some weaknesses, such as Olympic lifts and I am a little shy instead of being agressive when meeting the client or patient for the first time until I have come accustom to their routine.

    My internship is in a rehab setting, which has enabled me to learn proper training techniques in order to train around the injury, thus, helping the healing process excel for each client. I also agree with Colleen that SC should offer more internship hours to better develop all around skills, which would give Exercise Science students more experience in being out in the real world

  8. Michele Coriale Says:

    I feel as though SC has prepared me academically and given me a lead on many many kids in this field coming from other schools. SC has given me the science background and training needed to feel comfortable and confident in a variety of settings. The conferences that we were given the chance to attend allowed me to speak with professionals in our field and help me to get more comfortable just having a mature and science based conversation with a science professional. The science courses we were required to take have given me all the tools to know why we are doing what we are and what goes behind it. Also, the hands on oppurtunities and classes that were offered and required have given me the practice and confidence to do them without any fear. Lastly, the amount of people and resources available to us at SC has been another tremendous help to me while at SC and even now fulfilling my final internship.
    I do think that SC also helps to push students to challenge themselves when it comes to choosing internships and i truly believe that a great internship can take you a long way whereas many other schools just do the hours to get them done.
    Furthermore, i do have a few areas that i believe SC lacked in teaching; Not all exercise science students want to go specifically into S&C and i think that needs to be a consideration. There are tons of different avenues that a student can take with this major and not many were shown to us. I personally am into the sports performance aspect of this field which was only introduced to us in one or two classes. Maybe SC can offer or give a variety of class choices regarding different paths that can be taken; sports performance, nutrition, S&C coach, spa worker, corparate fitness, etc. Overall, i am more than happy with my education from SC 🙂

  9. Anthony Papacoda Says:

    Sorry about the late response to Assignment #1. So far at Bucknell University, head football strength coach Mike Kamal and I have found an important area to work on with many of the athletes. That area is the shoulder area. For some reason, whether it be past strength coaches or the intensity in which they play, but many of the athletes here have suffered from numerous types of shoulder injuries. That has led us to focus on strengthening and stretching the shoulder region in order to prevent these injuries from reoccuring. Also, for the athletes that are staying up here and working with us, we have added in numerous stretching exercises to the workout program in order to make the upperclassmen more flexible and futher enhance the athletic ability of the underclassmen. Many of the upperclassmen are very tight, so it is up to us to make sure they know the importance of these exercises and how it will prevent many injuries during the season.

    As for the education I have recieved in the past 4 years at Springfield, I feel that I am very prepared for this internship. Through many of the classes I have taken I feel that being able to adapt to what Coach Kamal is trying to accomplish has become a lot easier.

    One area in which I feel that I am strong in is communication skills. Seeing as these football players are similar in age to me as well as my football background I feel that I can relate to these guys, as well as be someone they can turn to for advice. These guys have really opened up to me and I feel that is because of my athletic background as well as the type of people that they are. They are looking to get better as lifters and athletes, so they are always looking for advice. Also teaching form is one of my other strong points because I have been taught how to correctly perform the exercises that we have in this program, not only through my classes at SC, but also through the great strength programs that I have been put through for football.

    I must say that Anatomy is one area in which I am weak in and I feel that it could be because we take it so early in our collegiate careers. Anatomy is one of the most important parts in this field and I feel that we should take it later on in the curriculum so it stays fresh in our minds. However, Coach Kamal has been working with me on the side about freshening my knowledge on the anatomy of the body, so I feel that I will be fine.

    I just wanted to say Good Luck to Mark, I recieved your email and am sad that you will be leaving Springfield. Thanks for everything and once again Good Luck in the future!

  10. Lisa Thomas Says:

    For the most part I do feel academically prepared for this internship. Being in Naples, FL and affiliated with a the hospital, most of the members of the facility are special pops and elderly. It is a very good experience and requires a lot more use of what I learned through class than dealing with the healthy low-risk individual. My skills for exercise perscription and risk stratification are very strong and help a lot with this internship. I also have the background to be creative with the workouts that I write for the members. I spend a lot of my time here “playing” with the equipment and learning new things with the other intern and workers. Working one on one with clients is a strong point for me and I have had the opportunity to enhance my interpersonaly skills working with the members here. I am also teaching my first class on friday of this week and I am very excited for this.
    As for areas that I feel weak, I would have to say anatomy. I was talking to one of my bosses and he asked me a few questions about anatomy and I had no idea what the answers were. When I took the class way back in the day, I got A’s both semesters and understood the material; however, it has been so long since then that most of the information has left. One of the workers down here is a Springfield grad and her and I were talking about the anatomy portion of our education and how it is not as stressed as it is with other colleges in the exercise science field. I have decided that I wanted to improve my knowledge, so I bought a few books to read refreshing my memory. This I feel will also improve my confidence when dealing with members. Other than that, I am very happy with my education from Springfield, and it is amazing how many people down here know of Springfield College, and hold us grads at high expectations.

  11. Emma Homberg Says:

    So far working at Healthworks I have felt academically prepared. Each day I am faced with new obstacles from the members. My boss doesn’t hesitate to put me in new situations. Each area that I work in I use a variety of knowledge that I have taken with me from Springfield College. As of now I have used knowledge from a variety of different classes I took while at Springfield.
    Some of this includes skinfold measures, meeting one on one with clients to cover informed consent, and strength training assessments. Along with testing clients I also feel that I have a strong handle on exercise prescription such as what exercises are good for what muscle groups and prescribing them to specifical clients. When I first started here I felt that I was timid talking with clients and did not feel confident however, the more I work with people I have realized I really do have the knowledge to pass on to these people. There are clients that I see that have no idea what they should be doing with the nautilus or what they should be doing as far as frequency of exercise. It was my education at Springfield that helped me to gain confidence to share with these people all that I have learned.
    As far as what I feel Springfield hasn’t fully prepared me for I would have to say is what exercises beyond nautilus are good for what people. I am sontimes hesitant to have people do certain exercises because of intensity levels and not knowing the person completely. Overall I do feel very prepared and I thank Springfield College for that.

  12. andrea g Says:

    I was googling and found this wed site. It has several lifts with animation and also muscles used, origin insertion, action, and all the fun stuff we learned. Just wanted to share it with everyone!
    http://www.exrx.net/Exercise.html

  13. Colleen Faltus Says:

    hey i have a quick question for you guys and it relates to dorsi flexion resistance………. Dorsi flexion resistance is primarily used to strengthen the tibialis, the muscle surrounding the tibia. My question is has there been significant information regarding the use of dorsi flexion resistance and a major decrease in shin splints? If there is a significant decrease in shin splints (especially in endurance athletes concerning overuse injuies) what would be the best method for dorsi flexion resistance…. Manual (using a partner to apply the resistance), resistance bands, or isometric holds……any feedback would be great!!!

    Andrea thanks for the webiste……very helpful

  14. Ryan Koenig Says:

    My internship is going great so fare. I have just started working with the athletes this past week, and it has been a very exciting time so fare. I fell that SC has definitely academically prepared me for my internship so fare. Some of the points that I feel strong in is my ability to correct the athletes form when they are performing a lift wrong, and my ability to write what I believe to be a solid training program.
    One of the activities that I was able to do was help the strength coaches write the summer training program for the football team. After being taught how to construct an exercise program at SC I felt that I was able to really contribute in writing the program. My supervisor for the summer primarily has me working with the incoming freshmen who have very little experience in the weight room. Working with these kids has really made me focus more on my ability to teach them proper form and technique. I fell that SC has prepared me very well when it come to having to teach certain lifts to people who have never done them before.
    One area that I fell I might be lacking in is my kinesiology. I think that this is one of those things that you just have to sit down and memorize. I forgot some of the information that I learned in that course, and now I wish that I had stayed on top of it even when the course had ended.
    One of the things that has really helped me learn a lot through this internship are the different videos that the strength coach gives me to take home and watch. I just watched a video that the head strength coach of Iowa put together, which gave 117 different strength training, ployometric, speed training, and core exercises that there football team uses to train their athletes. I feel that this is one of the best ways to learn new information, and move up in this field.

  15. Shayna Richardson Says:

    As of now my internship is going very well I feel as though I have been very well prepared. since the beginning of my internship at Helen Hayes I have been given many new responsibilities. these responsibilities include setting patients up on machines, taking rest and exercise blood pressures, guiding patients in weight training programs, deciding when to progress the patients in their programs, and much more. I feel that the knowledge that I have gained from Springfield has made these tasks easier. there are however a few things that I feel I am not proficient at yet. these weaknesses include exercise blood pressure and program progression with the unhealthy population. I think that Springfield would benefit by adding in more opportunities to practice exercise blood pressure especially for those wanting to go into the clinical aspect of exercise science. I also feel that there is quite a lot of information about clinical exercise science that I have learned at my internship that could be included more in the exercise science curriculum. I feel that I would have benefited by taking another exercise physiology class.

  16. Jenny Smith Says:

    So far I feel as though Springfield College prepared me academically and that I am above the other interns that I have seen through MediFit. Many things, such as exercise prescription, just needed to be reviewed once or twice and now I feel very confident. When I am out on the floor, I am able to answer all of the questions that the members ask me.
    One of the main strengths that I have is my knowledge of exercise prescription. Almost every day I do a fitness evaluation test of incoming members. We perform tasks such as the YMCA bike test, skinfold measurements, blood pressures, muscular flexibility, strength and endurance. Before members can join, I am responsible for completing a decision tree form, which is basically determining the risk factors the members have and whether or not they need a physicians clearance form to become a member. Exercise testing and prescription has fully prepared me for this.
    An area that I feel weak in is group exercise instruction. I think it would be great if Springfield College offered a course in teaching students how to become an exercise instructor. In almost all corporate fitness centers, health fitness specialists have to be a group instructor of some type of class, whether its aerobics or spinning. There is a lot to becoming a group exercise instructor and I wish I was more prepared for this. Overall, I am very happy with my knowledge from Springfield.

  17. Joe Knauer Says:

    After the first day at my internship site I instantly realized how much more advanced SC is in the field of exercise science. There is another intern at my site from another good named school and she has to learn some of the basics that have been beat into our heads while at Springfield. Things such as blood pressure and reading some heart moniter print outs. I felt quite prepared for what I was about to face.I have always been friendly and kind when it came to clients. I am able to hold conversations on just about anything for however long you could want. Getting to know the patients is important and they are more willing to let you practice skills on them as they feel more comfortable arround you. Talking is almost as important at times as knowing a proper procedure for something.
    Overall the only weakness so far has been reading the EKG’s . But with practice at my site this seems to becoming easier and easier as the time rolls on.

  18. Lauren D'Arrigo Says:

    As some of the others have said I completely agree that Springfield has prepared me much more than the interns from other schools that I have been working with, not to put them down but I feel as though coming from Springfield and taking the classes and labs I have taken I feel much more comfortable than they do. Academically I feel very prepared for the internship, especially because I just completed Kinesiology in the Spring with the names, insertions and origins of all the muscles. I find that many other schools do not require internships in order to graduate from their exercise science program which I feel is very disabling for those students because this field is so hands on that no one can really know what its like unless they experience and for a good amount of time. A 450 hour internship is a lot, but the more I think about it the better it is that we have the experience under our belts before we go out into the real world.
    I have been put in front of the group a few times to lead stretching and drills and demonstrate things and I have been much more comfortable than I thought and I think that is in great part to the courses that I have taken and the many presentations that I have done in the past three years. I also think that the reason I feel more comfortable is because I am confident in what I am talking about and am able to answer questions quickly and correctly.
    Even though we have done many presentations over the past three years, I think that it would be beneficial to do even more of them. As much as I feel prepared I think it is partially because I have been put in this type of setting before, but I think doing more presentations to a group would be beneficial. I think especially having to teach a specific skill to a group of people, which I know we did in Presentation Techniques but doing it a few more times and maybe a skill that we do not know much about would force us to learn more cues and easy ways of explaining.

  19. Chris Fee Says:

    I completely agree that Springfield College has gone above and beyond preparing me for my fieldwork. I’m currently involved in my 90-hour internship. I think this is one of the first steps to becoming a leader in the field of strength and conditioning. I was really nervous the first day at my site. I was left alone with three beginner athletes and I had to teach them how to squat. I was able to get through this because at Springfield we do so many hands-on activities with people before we go out in the field. I’m beginning to understand the basics to coaching and my supervisor is noticing as well. He is starting to give me more responsibilities.
    One of my strengths in my fieldwork is the ability to instruct. I’m able to demonstrate proper exercises and walk each person through them. Working with younger athletes is teaching me how to break down all of the exercises. Another one of my strengths is motivating people. I’m a positive person and this helps me get the clients to perform at their best. I love seeing athletes break personal records or do something that they didn’t think they could do.
    Some of my weaknesses that I have noticed during my fieldwork have been experience in the field. The reason I’m saying this is because this is my first experience outside of Springfield College. I am experiencing the purpose of this internship and building a confidence on my own . The last area that I think that I could use improvement on is comunicating my thoughts to the people while coaching.

  20. Nick DeCele Says:

    So far I am enjoying and am very happy with how my internship is going. I think that this site would be great for any undergrad who is looking to enter the field of physical therapy or occupational therapy. This has been a moving and eye opening experience for me.
    I feel that I am academically prepared for this internship. I even feel that I am more educated than most of the staff working there. In a staff meeting my supervisor passed out a sheet with sample questions from the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and I was answering the questions like I had just left kinesiology class, and the staff seemed unsure and was second guessing their answers. It made me feel good about myself and proud to be a SC student.
    I feel strong in my knowledge of the muscles and muscle groups, communication skills, demonstrating technique, punctuality and professionalism, and I feel that I have been able to keep clients motivated and interested in excercising. But also, some of my clients are pushed by doctors to exercise so they have no choice.
    I feel a little weak in program design. But, I feel that this is because the population I am working with is so different than what I am familiar with. For example, I have been or had worked with a quadriplegic, stroke recovery patient, and bariatric patients who are either preparing for gastric bypass surgery or have had the surgery.

  21. Henry Ruggiero Says:

    Thus far in my internship I have felt academically prepared. However my internship has been more of a real world experience. I am finding that BC trains very differently than anything I have ever been exposed to and that the only way for me to be able to learn what they do and why they do it is by being there. So with that said I do not think that there is any way that SC could have prepared me more for this experience.

    I feel that my basic anatomy background, especially what was reviewed in kinesiology this past semester, has helped me a great deal. I have found my communication and verbal skills to be very beneficial. I feel that one thing that I have benefited the most from is the work ethic I have adopted from the challenges of my courses at Springfield. I am finding that an internship is the same as anything else that the harder you work for people the more willing they are to work hard and teach you.

    In terms of things that I feel I was not prepared for off the top of my head I cannot think of many. I have not yet been given the responsibilities yet that many of my fellow classmates have received. I am doing very minimal coaching and am mostly observing and learning the how and why of the program. Because BC is so strict on form I myself must be able to perform every lift with flawless technique in order to be able to teach it. Next week when second summer session starts and new athletes come in I will be given more coaching responsibility.
    I think one thing that SC could maybe do a better job of is allowing people who know they want to do strength and conditioning, especially collegiate strength and conditioning, to get exposed to the practical side of the field more quickly. I think we should be taking strength and conditioning earlier rather than senior year and I think that there needs to be more hands on practical application classes for students every year as you progress through the program. Furthermore I think there needs to be more of a focus on program writing and the how’s and why’s that go along with it.

    – Henry Ruggiero

  22. Brian Bert Says:

    I have most definitely felt academically prepared for my internship thus far. I have felt strong in my coaching techniques on form. I have also felt strong in knowledge about all exercises. My communication skills are a little weak but they are getting stronger as i go. I feel that so far i have been well prepared for this internship. The one area i feel a little weak in is program writing, i know alot about it but i feel that i wish i had done a little more at Springfield to better prepare me for the internship. Other than that all is going well and i am learning several things.

  23. Tony R Larkin Says:

    Have you felt academically prepared for your internship thus far?
    >For the most part, yes, I am academically prepared. I feel like the preparation from Springfield, in addition to the extra work (attending seminars, extra reading, videos, etc.) I put in, has helped me within this internship. However, that is not to say that I am not learning anything. I am gaining experience through this internship with coaching. This is not something that is attained from a book, class, conference, etc. Standing out on the floor everyday with 20 athletes under your watch and 20 more running around taught me to vocalize a lot more and I am constantly learning all sorts of coaching cues on a regular basis. Through this internship, I have realized that I got a lot of reviewing to do of anatomy and kinesiology.

    What areas do you feel strong in? (ie communication skills, training skills, teaching form, etc).
    >I feel strong in my ability to teach and explain a lot of the drills and exercises that we utilize. This comes from having the ability to perform the drills correctly myself. I credit this to my internship last summer and our strength and conditioning staff at SC the past four years that have worked with our track team and assisted myself. I know how it looks and feels to perform a number of drills and exercises correctly because of it.

    What areas do feel weak in, and how could the program at SC improve to help you with these?
    >My main weakness is my lack of knowledge regarding anatomy of the musculoskeletal system. It is self-evident when I head to Jeff Oliver or Brijesh about the way a certain person is performing their lift and they’ll usually go into a little bit of an anatomy lesson. I would like to be able to have more of a discussion with them instead of playing the passive listener all the time. Regarding my weakness, I cannot really comment as to what role SC could play. I never took A&P at SC, but instead took it over the summer a couple years back at another college.

  24. Tony R Larkin Says:

    In response to Colleen’s question: “has there been significant information regarding the use of dorsi flexion resistance and a major decrease in shin splints? If there is a significant decrease in shin splints (especially in endurance athletes concerning overuse injuies) what would be the best method for dorsi flexion resistance…. Manual (using a partner to apply the resistance), resistance bands, or isometric holds”

    I am not aware of any studies regarding dorsi flexion and ant. tibialis strength, however, through experience, I have come to the conclusion that shin splints ususally occur during the first few weeks of exercise if the person is not accustomed to the volume of work. Through time, however, the body naturally strengthens the area and grows accustom to the stressors. Any of the methods you mentioned I feel would work to quicken this process, and all of them in conjunction would probably be the “best” modality. And there are probably several ways that they could be administered, e.g., using bands Monday, passive stretching Tuesday, partner resistance Wednesday, etc. Maybe you’ve already found your answer but hopefully this may help…

  25. Henry Ruggiero Says:

    Coleen,
    I agree with everything Tony said but have just a few things to add. Shin splints are actually cause by tiny stress fractures forming where the bone meets the muscle. I do not know it it will help or not but you may also want to work on the flexibility of the anterior tibialis. I know that you may not be able to increase drastically if even at all the range of motion of the ante. tibialis but if it becomes more flexible the muslce may not be in such a tightened state all the time and therefore may not be pulling on the bone so much. However thats just a guess. As you said shin splints are an overuse injury that can be prevented by running on softer surfaces and treated with ice cups. Furthermore by monitoring an athletes program and not building to fast you can avoid them. Furhtermore in the case of distance runners if they are increasing their training volume to a great enough amount that they are giving themselves shin splints they are most lilely increasing it to fast and are most likely not giving their body appropriate recovery time and are only going to hinder their own perfromance. You may also want to try rolling out on a foam roller to increase the muscle quality of the ant. tibialis. The roller will help with myofacial release, basically it will help to break up any knots or scar tissue that is there.

    -Henry

  26. David Forrette Says:

    I think that SC has prepared me very well academically, but I feel from a practical standpoint, more preparation would have been nice. I know that Personal Training really is not a concentration in the program, but I feel that I am finding interviewing and some things like skinfold measurements more difficult to adjust to than most other things. The barrier I find myself hitting is in training for the fitness evals. The technical things (the tests themselves) I nailed down, but the interviewing and getting to talk to a client, and be relaxed about it is not as easy. So academically, I do have a lot of confidence, and that falls into the technical part. The act of really going through the motions of talking to someone who does not know the science part of it, and watering it down for the everyday person I feel is where I am having the most difficulty. In that aspect, I think some classes could focus more on real time situations with role playing, and not a pure concentration on the direct sciences.
    I would say that my strong skills involve interaction with members in a non formal setting. I really enjoy talking to people and helping them with their quesitons. Also, I feel I do have a depth of knowledge that I have to rely on, and find that really helps me out.
    Other than that, Equinox is going really good so far. Slow coming, but good. I think that SC could use a bit more practical application for things like testing and skinfolds, and some role playing 1 on 1. The interviewing process of getting to know a client/patient is incredibly important as I have been learning, so I feel that there could be a bit more focus on that.

  27. Colleen Faltus Says:

    hey guys thanks for the responses

  28. Tyler Thebeau Says:

    I feel very confident in my knowledge about the science behind exercise. There have been few questions that members have asked me that I couldn’t answer. The one thing that I think the AEXS program should touch upon that I have yet to encounter is injury rehab, and how to deal with clients with past surgeries or problematic areas.
    I am strong in my academic knowledge, but in the beginning it was clear that I lacked some skills in its application. I think that the program at SC needs to involve more application. It would help to do more Mock exercise prescriptions. I think that the current program is skewed towards the athlete and exercise and not towards the general population. It would be highly beneficial to have some further instruction about the elderly. A class that focused directly on personal training would be helpful to students who are interested in pursuing that avenue rather than being a strength coach.

  29. Lauren Culyer Says:

    I would have to say that Springfield College has prepared me for this internship. I know over the course of four years we covered all the major topics related to exercise. I notice this now because my boss will ask me questions about muscles, exercises and so forth. I also feel that i am doing well in terms of working with someone one on one. Asking them questions about their meals or seeing how their life is in general. My strong skill though is definitely working with people and interacting with them by making the session comfortable. By making it comfortable you are able to get the client to do what you want but still have fun training them.
    I would say that i am not completely prepared for writing programs for each individual. Although we had a couple of exerpeinces with personal training i think that there could have a been a great deal more. We were assigned some homework on developing a program but we could have place more emphasis on this topic. It is going well because alot of this internship is a refresher for me which i am enjoying. I think that SC could include a personal training class in the curriculum. I also think that more emphasis on the business side would work well too in case there are students interested in running a facility some day.

  30. Erik Garnis Says:

    So far I do feel that I have received a good education at Springfield to help assist me with this internship experience. I do regret not taking more classes before this internship that dealt more directly with Strength and Conditioning because I feel that they would have helped give me a greater understanding of the program at VSU.

    I feel more confident in my ability to help coach athletes on form. In the summer football lifting program most of the athletes are returning so they do not need as much coaching as an incoming freshman might. Once in a while a new player will come in and I will get the chance to work with them on their olympic lifts as well as with their other exercises. I find it helps a lot to be able to refresh yourself on what you have learned by teaching others the proper form that you have learned. My knowledge of sports specific speed, agility and conditioning skills has greatly grown since the start of the internship and I feel much more stronger in my abilities to use these drills. I have also learned ways to help coach these drills, which I feel will greatly help the athlete learn and perform better in each drill.

    I feel weak in the area of program writting, more specific in the areas of percentages and periodization. I think it would have helped to have more in-depth classes on program writting earlier. In the classes that we have discused percentages and intensities I felt it was rushed through and not enough time was taken on this important subject. Before my internship started I felt very weak in the area of sports specific drills and running techniques. I was lucky to learn a lot in these areas from the internship, but I wish there were classes where we would have more hands on teaching with these areas. I feel that there are so many different drills out there and it would help to get educated on some of them and in specific why they are good,bad,helpful or useless.

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