In 2012, I was blessed to train over 114 athletes either through my 5K training programs, running clinics, or one on one. God is so good! Each person I have trained has helped me become a better person and coach. As a coach, being entrusted with someone’s body is a big deal to me. That’s why I try to find opportunities to expand my knowledge on topics related to fitness, health & wellness, community health, and other topics that may help me be a better coach.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a continuing education course titled Keeping Your Athletes Healthy. The course was facilitated by Janet Hamilton of Running Strong and was designed for certified personal trainers, running coaches, physical therapists, and other medical professionals.
I met Janet last year when she facilitated a Road Runners Club of America Coach Certification Course in Atlanta, GA. She recently decided to offer continuing education courses to help individuals expand their knowledge beyond the topics covered in the certification course. She has over 20 years experience in physical therapy, kinesiology, and personal training.
The information we learned in the Keeping Your Athletes Healthy course was so invaluable. Knowing when to modify a training schedule and when to refer a runner to a physician is a skill that every personal trainer needs to know. If you want to know everything we covered during the course, sign up for the next one. But some of the topics discussed were:
- Anatomy 101
- Common Running Injuries and Symptoms
- Common Causes of Injuries
- Analyzing the treads of shoes
We also learned how to administer a fitness assessment test that surveys the strength and flexibility of key muscles and tendons used while running. Of course, Janet made us administer the assessment on each other. I was paired up with a physical therapist assistant by the name of Teneal. She knew the human anatomy like the back of her hand. I’m so glad I was paired up with her. I learned so much!
One thing is for sure: you can’t fake fitness. As my high school teacher, Dr. White, would say “What you do in the dark, will come out in the light.” My flexibility was on point. However, my assessment revealed my secret abandonment of strength exercises this past 7 months! Teneal could tell the way my knees bent while in a squat I had weak gluteus medius muscles! Yikes! I’ll share more on that in the next Run This segment on my website.
All in all it was a great course and worth every penny! Did I mention the course was in Houston? After small chatting during lunch I met some coaches from Run On! in Dallas. Big D was in the building!
Whether you are a personal trainer of some sort, desire to become one, or simply navigating your own journey of health, never stop learning. Always seek knowledge and don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. Knowledge is power!