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Hypermobility: Exercise as Medicine

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As a fitness professional, you are likely to coach an individual with hypermobility during your career, as hypermobility affects 5-20% of the population. But do you know how to successfully manage a hypermobile body, with the understanding that its expression and severity differs from person to person?

Despite the prevalence of hypermobility, there are very few resources to guide coaches, practitioners and clients in recognising and successfully managing hypermobile bodies. The intention of this course is to improve the recognition of people with hypermobile bodies and provide guidelines to determine the appropriate assessments, exercise prescriptions, programming progressions and daily movement approaches for clients with hypermobility. With an improved understanding of hypermobility, exercise and movement can help clients find success in their movement and exercise endeavours and improve their quality of life.

Suggested Pre-requisite:

  • CIMSPA: L2 Gym / Group Ex

Aims and objectives of course:

  • Know the principles behind hypermobile systems, the spectrum on which hypermobility can present and the four main types.
  • Gain assessments to conduct for clients with hypermobility.
  • Understand the multi-systemic effects of syndromic hypermobility (HSD/hEDS), inclusive of chronic pain, fatigue, deconditioning, risk of dislocations/subluxations and more.
  • Know the red flags to watch for to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Understand the principles of exercise management for people with hypermobility.
  • Gain programme guidelines for exercise prescriptions.

Author Bio

  • Fréyja Spence

    Fréyja Spence, B.Sc. Human Kinetics and Master of Professional Kinesiology, is an educator and health coach with over 17 years of experience in pain management, injury prevention, hEDS/HSD hypermobility management, pre & post-operative care and athletic development. She has developed and delivered certifications for fitness professionals, has been an Animal Flow Master Instructor for 9 years, and is an established presenter at national and international fitness conferences. Fréyja is also the founder and CEO of Move Daily, a coaching company whose clients range from high performance athletes to those needing injury-management solutions, hypermobility management and people simply seeking better health and ease of daily movement. In addition to teaching and working with clients, Fréyja produces open access articles and podcasts through Move Daily featuring researchers and practitioners to foster inter professional connections and education. Fréyja is always learning, collaborating with other professionals, and striving to empower clients and coaches alike to live stronger, healthier and injury-free lives.