An experimental class on basic low back care (PED 130X) will be offered during the fall semester by the UNLV Department of Kinesiology. The 1-credit class will meet 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, from Aug. 29 - Dec. 9.
Statistics show that 8 out of 10 people will acquire a low back problem. "I believe that it is important to be proactive with back care," says instructor Patricia McCollum. "Well-developed abdominal and back muscles can help prevent low back pain. In addition, a strong torso stabilizes your body and protects your spine during virtually all movement."
The basis of this course will be proper body mechanics, such as standing, sitting, kneeling, lifting, and reaching. Through active practice and exercise, students will establish safe and comfortable movement patterns, and promote spinal strength, flexibility, and stability, while optimizing physical potential -- be it for work, activities of daily living, or athletics.
Students will learn to become aware of where their spines "feels the best" and therefore function most efficiently. Students will execute carefully planned, repetitive movements to help overcome bad habits while establishing better habits and fostering continual back awareness.
"Everyone can derive benefits from this class," says McCollum. The program of progressive stretching and resistance exercises are designed to increase muscular fitness, regardless of age or current fitness level. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a personalized back care program that can be continued at home alone or in conjunction with other fitness activities.
McCollum holds a masters degree in exercise physiology and has additional training in lumbar functional stabilization. The class will be held in McDermott Physical Education Complex (MPE) Room 508. The course is open to UNLV students as well as the public at large. For more information or registration, call 895-0996.