What is meant by High Static vs Low Static exercises? My client was told that rowing was too high static an exercise for her son (who has asthma).
Physicians, and in particular the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), sometimes categorize exercises into two types: static and dynamic.
Static exercises involve near-maximal intramuscular tension with little to no change in muscle length. Dynamic exercises are characterized by rhythmic changes in muscle length and relatively small muscle forces.
Intensity is divided into two categories: high to moderate and low. Sports with high-to-moderate intensity are further subdivided into those with high dynamic/high static demands and high dynamic/low static demands.
Running is an example of a purely dynamic sport. Weight lifting and wrestling are prime examples of static sports, and cycling and rowing are classic examples of combined dynamic and static sports.
Low-intensity sports (e.g., bowling, golf) have low dynamic and low static demands.
|Sports with High-to-Moderate Dynamic and Static Demands
- Cross-country skiing
- Downhill skiing
- Ice hockey
- Running (sprinting)
- Water polo
|Sports with High-to-Moderate Dynamic and Low Static Demands
- Field hockey
|Sports with High-to-Moderate Static and Low Dynamic Demands
- Field events (jumping)
- Field events (throwing)
- Karate or judo
- Water skiing
- Weight lifting
Although rowing is classified as a high-to-moderate dynamic/high static sport, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that there is no need to restrict patients' activity as long as the asthma is well controlled.
You may want to suggest to your client's parents that they get a second opinion, preferably from a pediatrician with experience working with athletes.
As my wife, a rheumatologist, likes to remind me, "You can't expect every doctor to know the latest information on everything."