You Have Spoken

You Have Spoken

The Injury of the Month for September will be IT Band Syndrome.

I am a little late with this.

I was in Las Vegas at a Fitness Mastermind over the weekend, learning and planning the next few months.

One thing I was keeping an eye on while in Vegas was the survey I sent you on the Injury of the Month.

The feedback has been excellent.

September’s Injury of the Month

Significantly, you picked out what you would like as this month’s Injury of the Month.

Here are the results:

  • IT Band Syndrome – 21.0%
  • Back Injuries – 19.2%
  • Hamstring Strain – 11.9%
  • Ankle Sprains – 10.7%
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – 10.7%
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome- 9.7%
  • Groin Strain – 8.3%
  • Arthritis of the Hip – 8.3%

So, IT’s Band Syndrome it is!

The Injury of the Month for September will be IT Band Syndrome.

I will work on it, as this has been something I have suffered with during my running.

Other Injuries that People Would Liked Covered

 Here are some of the injuries that people suggested:

  • Disc Herniations
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Replacement Exercises
  • Hip Labrum Tears
  • Knee Replacement Exercises
  • Osteoarthritis knee
  • Pelvic Instability
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Impingement

Let me know if you have any other injuries that you would like to add to the list.

I Have Covered That

I’ve created a lot of injury programs.

I need to get better at putting them in one spot, so it is easy for people to find them.

These are some of the injuries people would like me to cover, but I have already covered them:

  • Achilles Tendinitis and Tendinosis
  • Balance Training for the Older Adult
  • Elbow Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Gluteus Maximus Exercises
  • Gluteus Medius Exercises
  • Piriformis Pain Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow

I will be more precise and will remind you what programs I have completed in the past.

I Get Your Email Twice!

A few people mentioned that they got my emails twice.

If you do, email us at support (at), and we will take care of it.

Customer Support Issues

I can’t contact you in the survey if you left a question for me to help you with. I do not know who went the response as the survey was anonymous.

If you need help with anything, feel free to email me at support (at)

Few Kind Responses

Thank you for the kind words.

It motivates me to give more.

Few of the kind words:

  • I have purchased many of your products, excellent work on them. Most recently, the one on elbow pain
  • I look forward to your emails. I have passed on your name to many in the business and clients.
  • Good stuff you are sharing.
  • Thanks, Rick! Thank you foremost for all the exciting facets of different injuries & preventions. I continually update my skills weekly & better myself for myself & my clients.
  • Keep up the excellent work! You’re an inspiration to keep pushing to be the best I can be
  • What you are presenting is fantastic.
  • Your products are fantastic! I’m so pleased to access your knowledge and experience about exercises and injuries. Keep up the great work, Rick! Oh, while I’ve not purchased Injuries of the Month, I have the MIRU and MIRL and just received the MIR Assessment and Exercise DVD. Great stuff!

Thank you very much for filling in the survey. It has helped me better understand what you would like, and I will do more of them in the future.

Before I wrap up, let me get to one question.

If You Are Over 50, Do Not Do Overhead Exercises

Hi Rick,

I have a question for you… I had 2 participants from one of my classes asking me if I heard of an article that came out saying that women 50+ should not lift weights above their head or do shoulder presses due to rotator cuff injuries and shoulder impingements (even though they might not have any pain, shoulder problems or high blood pressure).

In my opinion, regardless of age or gender, overhead exercises have to be done with caution, the resistance should be bearable and always performed in good form.

We do overhead exercises such as picking up a plate from the cupboard, shooting a basketball and even placing our suitcase in the overhead compartment on a plane. Some massage therapists even encourage shoulder presses and overhead exercises to gauge the problem so that they do not lose mobility of the joint.

I am unaware of any studies proof that women 50+ should not do any overhead exercises and I would like to know your opinion.

Yours in Good Health,


I think you answered your question. Well, let me give you my take on things.

I was taught to discourage overhead work with my clients by the fitness certifications and the physical therapists I had worked with early in my career.

Poor activation and endurance with overhead activities is a crucial issue with shoulder pain, and that’s where I began to challenge things.

I have begun to do more overhead work in my workouts. This has led to my shoulders feeling better and stronger.

The technique ends up being something key to watch for. The weight should be at a level the scapular muscles activate, but the upper trapezius is not dominating and gravitating the shoulders upwards.

I hope that helps.

Now, here is one exercise that I avoid when it comes to the shoulder:

Thanks for the question VL and feel free to send in your questions to [email protected]

That is it for another day.

Take care and bye, bye.

Rick Kaselj, MS

Effective Rotator Cuff Exercises