You Have Spoken

You Have Spoken

I am a little late with this.

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

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

The feedback has been amazing.

September’s Injury of the Month

It is great that 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 Band Syndrome it is!

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

I will get going on working on it, as this has been something that 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 know I have a lot of injury programs that I have written.

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

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

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

I Get Your Email Twice!

A few people mentioned that they get my emails twice.
If you do, email us at support (at) and we will take care of it.

Customer Support Issues

In the survey, if you left a question for me to help you with, I can’t contact you. I do not know who left 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, nice work on all of them. Most recently the one on elbow pain
  • Look forward to your emails. I have passed on your name to many; both in the business and to clients as well.
  • Good stuff you are sharing
  • Thank you foremost for all the very interesting facets of different injuries & preventions. I continually update my skills weekly & better myself for myself & my clients. Thanks, Rick!
  • Keep up the good 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 have access to 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 do have both the MIRU and MIRL and just received MIR Assessment and Exercise DVD. Great stuff!

Thank you very much for filling in the survey.  It has helped me get a better idea of 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 over head exercises such as picking up a plate from the cupboard, shooting a basketball and even placing our suitcase on the overhead compartment on a plane. Some massage therapists even encourage shoulder presses and over head 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 any overhead work with my clients by the fitness certifications and the physical therapists that I had worked with, early in my career.
I began to challenge things as a key issue with shoulder pain is poor activation and endurance with activities overhead.
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