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Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-1 Musculoskeletal Health Issues and the ASL Interpreter The Role of Exercise in Prevention and Treatment Brian Caster Division.

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1 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-1 Musculoskeletal Health Issues and the ASL Interpreter The Role of Exercise in Prevention and Treatment Brian Caster Division of Health and Physical Education WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

2 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-2 Cumulative Motion Injury (CMI) Standard Practice Paper, Registry of Interpreters for the DeafStandard Practice Paper, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – –Warm up prior to interpreting – –Movement Efficiency Fewer signs Relaxed, neutral arm position style Moderate speed; Moderate force – –Rest Periods – –Address Upper Arm, Upper Body muscle tightness – –Stretching, Exercise, ‘Alternative treatments’

3 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-3 Cumulative Motion Injury (CMI) Some things to add:Some things to add: – –Time to Rehab = Time to Develop a CMI. – –COLD often more appropriate than Heat in injury treatment (RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) – –Hand, Wrist, Forearm problems may originate in more PROXIMAL areas (Shoulder, Shoulder Girdle, Neck, etc.) – –STRENGTH as important as FLEXIBILITY in maintaining joint and muscle health. – –A muscle relaxes more completely after CONTRACTING against a MODERATE RESISTANCE.

4 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-4 Johnson, W. and Feuerstein, M. (2005) An Interpreter’s Interpretation: Sign Language Interpreters’ View of Musculoskeletal Disorders. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 15 (3), pp Handout: Abstract and Tables (article available online)Handout: Abstract and Tables (article available online) Causes, Preventions, Treatments vary widely. An Individual Approach necessary. Role of Exercise more widely recognized (unfortunately!) in Treatment than in Prevention.

5 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-5 Exercise Categories for Today Top-Down StretchingTop-Down Stretching – –Neck, Shoulder, Spine flexibility check – –Lower Body postural muscle stretch Thera-Band Resistance ExercisesThera-Band Resistance Exercises – –Neck – –Upper Back – –Shoulder, Arm, Chest Pelvic and Low Back Stabilization Exercises (time permitting)Pelvic and Low Back Stabilization Exercises (time permitting) – –Pelvic Tilts – –Crunch/Curl-up (Abs) – –Bridges (Back)

6 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-6 Top-Down Stretching NeckNeck – –Ear to Shoulder – –Chin to Shoulder – –Chin Shoulder to Shoulder Shoulder GirdleShoulder Girdle – –Shrug & Hold – –Shoulder Blades together in Back – –Press Hands Downward – –Shoulders together in Front – –Repeat dynamically, increasingly large circles Shoulder JointShoulder Joint – –Same as above, with outstretched arms Trunk/SpineTrunk/Spine – –Gentle Trunk Twists, Palms Up.

7 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-7 Top-Down Stretching HipHip – –Seated, Ankle on Knee HamstringHamstring – –Heel on Chair (or heel on ground, box, or step) CalfCalf – –Toe on Wall ChestChest – –Palm on wall, turn away from shoulder. ShoulderShoulder – –Palm on wall across body, turn toward shoulder.

8 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-8 Thera-Band Thera-Band Exercise ResourcesThera-Band Exercise Resources – –http://www.thera-bandacademy.comhttp://www.thera-bandacademy.com Neck ExercisesNeck ExercisesNeck ExercisesNeck Exercises Upper Back ExercisesUpper Back ExercisesUpper Back ExercisesUpper Back Exercises Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 1)Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 1)Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 1)Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 1) Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 2)Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 2)Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 2)Shoulder/Arm/Chest Exercises (Level 2)

9 Exercise and ASL Interpreting1-9 Core Stability Pelvic TiltPelvic Tilt – –Seated – –Supine Curl-upCurl-up – –Supine, arms at side – –Contract abdominals, hold, relax, repeat BridgeBridge – –Supine, palms down, feet flat – –Bridge until supported by shoulders and feet


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