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Assessing Lean Mass Symmetry

DEXA and Exercise Physiologist Interventions


DEXA scans provide an Exercise Physiologist with detailed body composition data, enabling them to formulate evidence-based interventions for musculoskeletal health, performance optimisation, and rehabilitation.

Assessing lean mass symmetry through DEXA scans is particularly beneficial for several reasons, including:


Musculoskeletal Health: Identifying lean mass discrepancies can reveal muscle imbalances that may lead to pain, dysfunction, or injury. These imbalances can stem from poor posture, repetitive movements, or past injuries. An Exercise Physiologist can use DEXA scan results to design targeted exercise programming to address these imbalances to prevent further complications.


Performance Enhancement: For athletes, balanced muscle development is key to achieving optimal performance. Imbalances can compromise strength, agility, and increase the risk of injuries. Exercise physiologists can interpret DEXA scan data to customise training programs, focusing on correcting asymmetries and enhancing athletic performance.

For Example: It's recommended to maintain a maximum difference of 200-300g in lean mass for arms and 500g for legs to prevent injury. Assessing lean mass symmetry provides exercise physiologists with valuable insights into clients' muscle health and functional capability, enabling tailored exercise interventions for optimal outcomes. 


Rehabilitation: DEXA scans are invaluable in monitoring the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs post-injury or surgery, ensuring equal recovery on both sides of the body. Exercise physiologists can adjust rehabilitation protocols based on DEXA findings to promote balanced recovery and prevent re-injury.

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