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Old 05-05-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
Matthew Batchelor
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Athlete's with Rheumatoid arthritis

Howdy All,

I am looking to see if any coaches have had success training athletes (Clients) with Rheumatoid arthritis?

This is one condition that I have had zero success with due to nearly all movement causing additional inflammation (Pain).

And yes I have recommended the path of whole foods and reducing anything that will remotely cause inflammation (Sugar,Starch, impact).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 05-06-2013, 06:08 PM   #2
Adam Carlson
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Re: Athlete's with Rheumatoid arthritis

I was showing symptoms of RA at the beginning of this year (it turned out to be the side effects of a viral cold that I had gotten) and was pretty messed up in the joints for a good 3 weeks or so. It sucked.

While I was getting tested, I talked with my doctor about strength training, and his take on it was that while it might suck due to the soreness, having RA wouldn't take me out of training. He recommended taking things slowly and to see how things go day by day.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:22 AM   #3
Sean Dunston
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Re: Athlete's with Rheumatoid arthritis

I have a client with RA.
She is responding well to my programming.
She has modified her diet and is supplementing with fish oil.
She has other limiting factors - asthma, severely overweight, etc - but RA has not been a problem for her, yet. She's been with me since December 1.
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