Editor's Note: This post was originally published September 2014 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
A growing career opportunity for Personal Trainers and Wellness Professionals is becoming a Post Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist.
Between athletes and the average person, everyone always has room for improvement when it comes to their health and fitness levels. A Post Rehab Exercise Specialist dedicates their time to improving health and fitness, as well as specializes in individuals who have various medical conditions. How are they different than a Health and Wellness Specialist or Personal Trainer? In today's post we will break down the essentials on what sets a Post Rehab Exercise Specialist apart from similar health and fitness professions.
What is a Post Rehab Exercise Specialist?
A Post Rehab Exercise Specialist focuses on improving health and fitness conditions for those who have different medical concerns. Their clients are typically referred to them after completing a sports rehab program and are still in need of improvement through a fitness program specific to their condition.
This type of health and fitness specialist is different from other professionals because their specialty is more focused on improving medical conditions through a program that is tailored to their current fitness level. Personal trainers are typically more focused on improving weight or performance levels through circuit training, cardiovascular activity or balance and training. Whereas a Health and Wellness Specialist may be more focused on improving your health and fitness through specific diet and fitness programs.
A growing career opportunity for Personal Trainers and Wellness Professionals is becoming a Post Rehab Exercise Specialist, so what does a specialist typically do during their day?
Certified specialists typically start each meeting with their client with a fitness assessment so they understand the current state of their medical condition. They will also perform a musculoskeletal screening and use the information in addition to science (anatomy, etc) to better understand their condition and how their body will respond to a fitness program. The results are then used to develop a program that will improve their medical condition.
When working with a client it's important that all specialists understand their clients condition and can make changes to the fitness program if the client or their particular condition isn't positively responding to the program. Continued assessments are made throughout the client relationship to ensure that the client's condition is improving and their goals are being met.
How Can I Become A Post Rehab Exercise Specialist?
AFPA is dedicated to providing education that will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the health and fitness field. Our courses will teach you how you can develop safe and effective programs that will improve performance and medical conditions through health conscious decisions. If you're interested in learning more about becoming a Post Rehab Exercise Specialist, visit our website, and subscribe to our blog for more information on health and fitness!