I have a friend with an amputation just below the knee. He avoids leg training with weights. What exercises could he do for his leg muscles? Goals of function, reduced pain and size. I would really like to help him so any response would be great!
It is always wise to consult with the client's medical professional and/or therapists prior to the commencement of training in order to attain "medical clearance" and guidance specific to your client (especially since you noted that the client currently has PAIN). These professionals will undoubtedly have a series of guidelines and restrictions to help you with your program design.
That being said, a good flexibility program should be the cornerstone of your program as your client will undoubtedly develop muscular asymmetry do to the unilateral nature of the injury. Research has shown that it is every bit as vital, and perhaps more so, to focus on core/glute strength following an injury of this kind. Hand-in-hand with flexibility and core/glute strength, doing exercises that increase your clients proprioception (body awareness), and neuromuscular stability (static/dynamic BALANCE), will also be key. Please explore the SINGLE LEG exercise progressions on MANY of the leg exercises in the PTontheNET.com Exercise & Flexibility Library for a wide variety of examples.
Finally, always monitor "pain" to ensure comfort, particularly if a prosthetic is present. Some of the "essential" PTontheNET.com readings are listed below and will help with your program decision-making process. Good luck!
- POSTURAL PROFILE by Lenny Parracino
- MUSCULAR BALANCE OR FLEXIBILITY PROFILE by Lenny Parracino
- OVERHEAD SQUAT: TOTAL BODY PROFILE by Lenny Parracino
- A SIMPLE GUIDE TO STRETCHING by Lenny Parracino
- SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUES by Alan Russell