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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Weight training for special needs

I have a friend that has MD and he has been advised by his Doctors to not workout for years. He started lifting some small weights about a month ago and he can now lift his arms above his head. He is really excited to see any kind of progress and I told him I would help in any way possible to get some results.

Any recommendations on equipment, regiment or maybe even a light supplement to help him along would be greatly appreciated.

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Someone like that I sure would need a Special Needs Trainer. I'm sure if you trained him like a non mentally disabled person it could possible do more dammage then good. Also depends what is wrong with him. MD person is pretty vague and alot of mental ilness comes along with horrible muscle spazms and such.
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My ex-gf is an Occupational Therapist and works with these sort of children on a daily basis.
Medicare/Medicaid will pay for it, but probably not if it's against a doctor's advice.
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Someone like that I sure would need a Special Needs Trainer. I'm sure if you trained him like a non mentally disabled person it could possible do more dammage then good. Also depends what is wrong with him. MD person is pretty vague and alot of mental ilness comes along with horrible muscle spazms and such.
I think by MD he means muscular dystrophy, not mentally disabled.
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My ex-gf is an Occupational Therapist and works with these sort of children on a daily basis.
Medicare/Medicaid will pay for it, but probably not if it's against a doctor's advice.
find another doctor that gives different advice
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it is Muscular Dystrophy. He is very determined to get some results. I will check his diet first and maybe just get him on Muscle Milk and see how that works with his meds.
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try using some of those elastic bands(i forgot the name of them) first before going to weights, they have diffrent tension rates on them so if he gets tired of one he can move up, might be safer than weights

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try using some of those elastic bands(i forgot the name of them) first before going to weights, they have diffrent tension rates on them so if he gets tired of one he can move up, might be safer than weights
I've always known them to be called resistance bands.


I agree with Forrest here, doctor's opinions vary greatly, depending on their background. When I broke my wrist many years ago I was told to stay out of the gym for 6 months to a year, no lifting at all. I of course was back at it as soon as I could deal with the pain, and had no issues with recovery.

On the other end of the spectrum, when I broke my tib/fib last year the doc had me in PT as quickly as possible, and told me to push it within reason, but to sytay off the leg in terms of weight lifting.

Granted, these are specifically injuries and not a disease, but a great example that some docs know their specific craft in terms of surgery and healing a sedinteary person, but they may not understand the drive and needs of a physically active person, nor have they researched the effects of various types of activity/exercise on a persons recovery and over all physical condition. It would be best to find a doctor that works out himself, or perhaps one that does or used to specialize in sports medicine.

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