Scope of Practice.

Ok guys we need to have a little talk… 

To put it frankly:

I can NOT give medical advice, physical therapy advice or attempt to make a medical diagnosis.

You need to take the necessary steps to find appropriate medical care for any issues you are having. I am more than happy to work with your doctor and/or physical therapist, I do this with several of my clients already. For example, if your medical doctor or physical therapist says no heavy swings, then I will make sure you are doing other things to get you stronger and to keep you in check with those recommendations. I have no issues with this at all. I also have no issues if you have had a traumatic injury (such as a car crash or major fall) and have certain things that you are restricted from doing as a result as per your physical therapists recommendations. I will want to know what those injuries are and a bit about your physical therapy (are you still going? do you have restrictions? are you cleared for exercise?) in order for me to make appropriate changes or modify your fitness programming. I am always more than happy to accommodate your needs. This is never an issue. 

If you have an ongoing or lasting injury, or if you regularly feel pain that is preventing you from doing regular workouts, you need to go get it checked out and have it properly diagnosed by a licensed medical professional. Otherwise, I can not help you move forward. If neither of us have any idea what the issue is or what the recommended rehab is, we are literally stuck until the proper steps are taken to find the underlying issue or cause. Or in other words, I can no longer do my job as a fitness professional, until there is a proper diagnosis and a plan is in place for some sort of rehab with a qualified professional.  

All that said, not everything is that dramatic… If you have a boo boo, say from jiu jitsu, and it hurts but it is getting better day by day and in a week or two you have already forgotten about it, no worries. That kind of stuff happens to everyone who plays hard. I am raising my hand here! There is a huge difference between a minor injury that heals up quickly with no intervention (other than some ice and rest) after a few days or even a couple of weeks; and an injury that is continually giving you consistent issues month after month or even longer. This turns into a quality of life issue. 

So to recap:

  1. I can NOT give medical advice, physical therapy advice or attempt to make a medical diagnosis.

  2. If you have an ongoing injury or pain you need to get it properly diagnosed by a licensed medical professional. I am more than happy to work with your medical professionals.

  3. If you currently have an ongoing and undiagnosed issue, you will be getting a medical release form to be filled out by a licensed medical physician and/or physical therapist (with either recommendations or full clearance) before you return to classes.


Know that I love you guys! Please take care of yourselves so that we can all move forward in the healthiest ways possible.

In Strength,

Deb

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