Thursday, April 17, 2008
Medical Reports: Hi-tech Training
There's a new way to workout, which has helped some athletes with serious injuries get back on their feet much faster. Seven's Diana Diaz shows us how this Hi-tech Training works.
WSVN -- Paolo Martellotti is a three-time world champion in martial arts, but he was sidelined last year when he tore his Achilles tendon.
Paolo Martellotti: "I had surgery, and the doctors told me it was going to take me a year to get back in training."
Paolo could barely walk when he went to see Cris Barbosa for help. As a physical therapist and certified weight trainer, she developed a new approach to healing and fitness.
Cris Barbosa: "I like to call PhysiotrainingTM the newest and most important link between the physical therapy and rehab field and the fitness field."
Cris says the concept behind PhysiotrainingTM is two-fold: teach people the proper way to workout and how not to injure or re-injure themselves.
Cris Barbosa: "To prevent injury, to learn how to lift weights, to learn how to exercise their bodies entirely."
Cris starts by gently stretching the injured area for more flexibility, then focuses on core strengthening.
Cris Barbosa: "If you are stable and able to sustain your trunk through the middle of your body through the core, then your joints will be protected."
Patricia Bastos, a professional surfer, thought her career was over when she tore the ACL in her right knee.
Patricia Bastos: "The doctor told me that if I want to go back to surfing and all these extreme exercises I've been doing, I have to go for surgery."
But she tried PhysiotrainingTM with Cris instead. Her exercise regimen was aimed at perfecting her balance and increasing her strength. After just three months, she regained full range of motion in her knee without surgery.
Patricia Bastos: "I'm surfing, I'm playing soccer, doing everything normal again."
The workouts are highly-customized with Cris' technique. Paolo was back training in less than six months and has another chance to follow his dream.
Paolo Martellotti: "Probably, this year, I'm going to go to the world tournament again, and see if I have a shot."
Diana Diaz: "Most patients need PhysiotrainingTM a couple of times a week for about three months. Then you should be ready to hit the gym on your own, but keep in mind, right now, most insurance companies will not cover PhysiotrainingTM."
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