Exercises Leading to Injuries

I am coming to you from the home of Rambo.

The little town of Hope, BC, Canada was the backdrop of the first Rambo movie.

At the visitor centre they have one of those signs where you can put your head in it and you can look like Rambo.


Lets get to the question and answers.

This QnA thing has gotten popular.

Since I started it, I get more and more questions, which is great.

Let’s get to the questions.

Knee Cysts and I Can’t Walk

I was hoping you had any programs to help with ganglion cysts in the knees.

I have one in my left knee for sure (mri) and think i have one in my right also.

I have terrible insurance and waiting for an appointment to the orthopedic doctor. This is something I know little about and I havent walked in a month.

Is there any programs you have to help after I get them drained, hopefully. Never before this have I had knee problems. Thanks for any help.

– Steve

My heart aches when I get emails like this.

I am working on creating more and more exercise programs for a variety of exercises but I am not sure if I will create one for knee cysts.

Steve, here is my advice to you:

Do Your Homework – Spend the time searching on the internet, going to the library, and talking with friends.  Get as much information as you can when it comes to your injury and what you can do about it.  This will clear away the feeling of hopelessness, give you a clear idea of what is going on, and show you what you need to do.

Fight Inflammation –  You must look at your sleep, nutrition, vitamins and food in order to decrease your inflammation. You can get some ideas on what you can do here.

Keep Moving – This will help with inflammation and recovery.  Look at the articles where I talk about terminal knee flexion and extension.

Keep battling, Steve, and don’t let your injury beat you. Keep fighting.

Kind Words

I have invested in your muscle imbalance product and the information is beyond its time. I have learned so much from that product.

Your influence on the fitness industry has been significant.

Your passion and commitment to help others and improve the fitness industry is contagious. You inspire people such as myself to pursue greatness and to continue on with your work to help the future generations.

Thank you Rick, you have helped me so much.

Otis C

Otis, thank  you for the kind words.

I am not sure what to say.

Only advice I can give to you is find your passion and live your passion.

For me, before I got to my 20s, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  In my 20s, I tried it all when it came to work and areas of specialization in fitness & health.  In my 30s, I had to accept the fact that I love injuries and overcoming injuries with exercise.  Very strange problem.  There is no medical diagnosis in the literature yet, but maybe they will call it the “Kaselj Syndrome”.

Now, I just focus on helping professionals and clients when it comes to overcoming injuries with exercise.  Other people in the industry think I am crazy with the work I am doing, but it looks like it is helping.

Thanks once again, Otis.

Exercises Leading to Injuries

Thanks Rick and Dr Steve.

Really good advice.

One of the classes I teach is Bodybalance and they use this sequence a lot .

Several class members have said this move has made their back hurt afterwards.

I will be teaching this very differently for my other classes and clients but I feel I have an obligation to inform Bodybalance class members also of the injury risk if not performed correctly.

I wonder if Les Mills is aware of the risks in class for those not ready for this move?

Jayne A

Jayne, I enjoyed the article from Dr Young and the timing of it was fitting.

Just that day I was experiencing what he talked about.

If you do personal training or direct one-on-one client training, you need to match the exercise to the movement level they can handle with the exercise you get them to do.  This is why no exercise method is bad or wrong.

For example, I like machines.  They are great for injuries, introducing movements to beginners in the gym, and the older adult.

A challenge I find, which relates to Less Mills, is an exercise program that is good for everyone. I have experienced this with my undercover work.  There is no “personal” or modifications in many group settings which leads to injuries.

Jayne, excellent work on continuing to learn and doing all you can to help your clients.

Why Can’t You Solve Your Own Knee Injury


Why are you going to some other practitioner when you publish the knee injury solution advertising it as a fix all for all conditions?


The reason why I got someone to look at my knee was to ease my mind.

I did self assessment of my knee and had a good idea of what was going on.  When the pain continues and you get sharp jabbing pain when you do certain movements, you wonder if it is something else.

So, I went to get a second opinion, in order to put my mind at ease and focus on recovery.

How come my previous comments were erased?

I’m wondering why you need to get someone else to assess your knee when you market and advertise a product that claims to solve all knee problems?

I think it’s a legitimate question.

I have another question: what is a “static” movement?


Dennis, not sure what your last comment was, sorry it got deleted.

I think I answered your second question above.

Now to your third question.  I call a bilateral squat a “static” movement.  This is important to look at but looking at a static squat is important for getting out of chair or off the toilet.  We need to look at dynamic movements, like, walking.

Hello member of the support staff,

A quick question. In his last email, Rick mentioned that he went to a professional for a knee assessment and therapy.

He was not happy with the results.

I wondered why Rick chose to go to another professional for his knee problem (as he mentioned in his last email) since he knows this field himself and is in close personal contact with many colleagues who do that as well.

(This addresses a concern I have as to the scope of personal trainers, even those like myself who have a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, regarding assessment and rehab for injuries.)

Thank you.

Randy B

Randy, I answered your first question above.

With the concerns about scope of practice, my response is simple:

  1. Get medical approval to start an exercise program if a client has an injury.
  2. Get exercise guidelines from the individual that provided the medical clearance.
  3. When in doubt, refer to a professional that can help your client.
  4. Do everything you can to improve movement when it comes to your client and their injury.  This would include range of motion, strength, stability, etc.

That is my take on scope of practice.


Thank you everyone for your questions, it was fun to answer them.

If you have  a question, post it up as a comment on the blog or email support (at) exercisesforinjuries.com .

That is it, I am off to do some learning.

Rick Kaselj, MS