The American College of Sports Medicine released its predictions for fitness trends in 2010. Based on information from sports medicine professionals, strength training ranked high. Though strength training was once viewed as best only for male bodybuilders, more average exercisers of all ages as well as women are realizing importance of strength training for healthy bones, muscles and to slow aging.
Another prediction by the American College of Sports Medicine was the trend toward core training. Different from strength training, core training specifically emphasizes conditioning of the middle-body muscles, including the pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen – all of which provide needed support for the spine and for overall heart health.
This prediction was followed by the concept of special fitness programs for older adults. With more and more of the baby boomer population reaching retirement age, health and fitness professionals are designing age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and happy well into their golden years.
Another trend, distinctly relating to young athletes, in the article is sport-specific training. High school athletes are incorporating training into their off-seasons in order to stay in top shape for their sports, and might join a health and fitness club or local community health organization to increase strength and endurance.
Our Ohio Medical Group doctor of Sports Medicine is Dr. Matthew Schaeffer. As the main sports doctor at Oberlin College, he is also the perfect choice for any athlete from the numerous high schools for Lorain County sports medicine, or for anyone who has injuries related to being physically active. Dr. Schaeffer sees patients of all ages in our Elyria office.