Training Considerations for People with Disabilities

by Nicholas Maruca, CSCS
Personal Training Quarterly July 2014
Vol 2, Issue 3


Most people suffer from some degree of injury, illness, or disease at some point. As a result, there is a need for strength and conditioning professionals who can develop effective exercise programs for people with disabilities.

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This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »



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Nick Maruca is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in kinesiology. He has extensive knowledge in bodyweight and alternative methods of train ...

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