Approach training knowing you are a valued member of the healthcare team. As a personal trainer, you spend more one-on-one time – for weeks, months, even years – with your client than they spend with any other health care provider. That means you have the biggest opportunity to impact their overall health and wellness – and that’s huge.
With this elevated role in healthcare, there’s a lot of grey area trainers deal with when it comes to clients experiencing and understanding aches, pains, and injuries. It’s our goal to help create a clearer picture of how to manage these issues within a training scope of practice so you can provide the safest and most optimal experience for your clients.
With Training = Healthcare, we’ll dive into the fundamentals of pain science – like how the brain impacts our perception of pain, what is different in chronic vs. acute pain, how all pain doesn’t mean tissue damage, and how we can better educate our clients on these matters. We’ll discuss red flags that would warrant referral to another specialist or provider, how to adjust movements within a session in real time for pain that pops up, what types of pain we can train through vs. modify, and progressions/regressions to introduce clients to previously painful positions. We’ll explore myths and misconceptions of pain and injury and how to navigate misinformation. We’ll also learn how to make sure our training meets the demands of what our clients like to do – thing outside of the gym like running or playing recreational sports.
WHAT TO EXPECT OVER THIS TWO-DAY COURSE:
- A blend of lecture-based learning, open discussions, case studies, and hands-on lab activities to practice with each other
- A deep educational background of pain science to help inform our clients
- Actionable strategies to use within training sessions to manage pain, modify movements, and pivot a program
Day 1 Topics: Fundamentals and Foundations: 9am-5pm (1- hour lunch break)
- The role of trainers as healthcare providers
- Current scientific evidence on the importance of strength, plyometrics, aerobic capacity, and general movement for overall health and wellness of all populations
- Getting rid of the “disease model” of pain and injury: Biopsychosocial components of pain, injury, and the health of our clients
- Fundamentals of pain science:
- Does pain always mean injury or structural damage?
- What are the neurological, psychological, and social underpinnings of pain?
- How does pain differ in acute and chronic injuries?
- How can we work together as trainers and therapists to help with pain?
- How can we better explain pain to our clients?
Day 2: Putting it all Together: 9am-3pm (1 hour lunch break)
- Training and Pain:
- Red flags and need for referral to PT/other medical specialist
- What types of pain can we train around, and how?
- How do we increase tolerance to painful positions, or positions clients are fearful of?
- Case studies and examples: Low back pain, knee pain
- Myths and misconceptions of pain and injury
- “Perfect” form
- Posture and pain
- Rest, ice, heat, foam rollers, trigger points, massage guns, oh my!
- Pain = structural damage?
- Low back pain myths
- Knee pain myths
- Meeting the demands of your client’s lifestyle with training
- Tissue tolerance and capacity
- Training for recreational running
- Training for recreational field and court sports
- Q & A Session