With Corrective Exercise, Health and Fitness Professionals Can Help Others Move Better, Prevent Injuries and Recover Faster

CALABASAS, CA — (Marketwire) — 06/17/09 — The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a global leader in personal training certification and sports performance training, released today an enhanced version of its Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Advanced Specialization course.

The updated version of the corrective exercise course features a dynamic interactive online training presentation and two new chapters, including a fundamental overview of human movement impairments and fresh insight into the components of the human movement system. Overall, the enhanced course consists of eleven chapters covering important corrective topics related to human movement and the healing, recovery and activation processes of the musculoskeletal system.

“NASM has helped us provide our athletes with the best possible training and corrective exercise strategies to keep them on the court,” said Aaron Nelson, Head Athletic Trainer, Phoenix Suns. In collaboration with Dr. Micheal Clark, NASM CEO and team physical therapist of the Suns, Nelson and his team have incorporated corrective exercise for years to help revive the careers of players like Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Shaquille O’Neal. “NASM has been an unparalleled education provider to me and my staff,” added Nelson. Approximately 93 percent of the athletic trainers in the NBA hold the CES credential.

The improved NASM CES course is ideal for all health and fitness professionals, not just those working with elite athletes. Since its initial launch in 2006, a wide spectrum of professionals has earned the CES credential, including: personal fitness trainers, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, licensed massage therapists, chiropractors and physical therapists.

“Today’s population sits more and moves less,” said Eric Beard, an industry-leading personal fitness trainer and licensed massage therapist. “As a result, the majority of people suffer from poor posture or muscular imbalances that will eventually lead to pain or injury. Corrective exercise — stretching and strengthening specific muscles and practicing correct preparation and recovery techniques — on a regular basis can help.”

NASM is the only organization in the health and fitness education industry to offer an evidence-based, systematic corrective exercise program. The NASM Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, led by award-winning researcher Dr. Darin Padua of the Exercise and Sport Science Department at UNC, rigorously tests every aspect of the corrective exercise system. In essence, the NASM CES is tested in the lab and proven in the field by thousands every day.

“NASM’s Corrective Exercise training course provides advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully work with clients suffering from musculoskeletal impairments, imbalances or post-rehabilitation concerns,” said Scott Lucett, NASM Director of Education. “By enrolling in the enhanced CES course, health and fitness professionals can position themselves among the most elite in the respective fields by gaining advanced injury prevention and recovery knowledge to help their clients move better and live healthier lives.”

The CES advanced specialization and corrective exercise workshop are also approved for continuing education units by the NASM Board of Certification, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the Board of Certification (BOC) for athletic trainers.

To learn more about the enhanced CES course and how to become an NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, call 1.800.460.NASM (6276) or visit www.nasm.org/CES.

About NASM

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today’s health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. To learn more, visit www.nasm.org or call 1.800.460.NASM (6276).