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Brain Aneurysm

by Clementine
(Idaho)

I am a trainer and am about to take on a post op brain aneurysm client. He had a 11 hour surgery 4 years ago and the aneurysm ruptured during the procedure. He has been set back to a 3rd grade level. He isn't accustomed to exercising regularly. He is a 54 year old man who is 5'11" and 225lbs.

I am planning on limiting or cutting out weight bearing activities in the beginning and focusing on activities like walking. Most of the research I've been reading doesn't specifically discuss exercise and this condition but do say that in order to prevent future problems it is important to decrease weight and increase cardiovascular health while being careful strain and stress.

Is there any advice or other information that you would consider to be pertinent before I begin working with this person?

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Take it slow
by: Anonymous

You're absolutely on the right track with beginning with a walking program. I would do just the same, paired with a great nutrition program;addressing both weight and cardio simultaneously.

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Training special population clients
by: Deb, Post Rehab Certified Trainer

I hope that you have a post rehabilitative certification that will provide you with guidelines for dealing with special population., and specifically with this condition. If not, I would .strongly encourage you to find a trainer with such a certification to help this person. If you are interested in working with special population, it is absolutely necessary for the best interests of all involved, to get that advanced education. It will protect you both. Too often well-meaning trainers take on a course of action that is actually counter productive to the special population client. A post rehab trainer must also be in regular contact with his client's physicians and physios, to make sure that everyone is working together, and the trainer needs to be willing to take direction from these medical professionals, including researching and understanding the effects of any medications on the exercise response.
Having said all that, I think it is great that you are willing to help! But be sure to get the proper certification on board first!

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