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    Injury Rehab in Personal Training?

    I'm sure some of you guys could chime in on this. I've had a small portion of my clients over the past decade (~30%) find me after being dissatisfied with their physical therapy and find good help with my training. Is it just me or do most physical therapists run just cookie cutter programs, because I always look over the sheets of exercises they prescribe- AND take them through every session for weeks...and it looks like a waste of money because they're so basic and nothing 5min of internet surfing won't show you. Plus I've been told by multiple people that the PT's don't even stay with them the whole time while exercising, which to me is ludicrous. I understand there might be bad apples in the PT community as there are obviously more than plenty in Personal Training. I recently helped put together an Alter G treadmill at a wellness clinic, and I noticed a physical therapist treating a patient while eating off a full dinner plate (chicken legs and rice) the whole time, I couldn't believe it.

    My question is, what route would you guys take if you wanted to emphasize helping with injury rehab from a personal training standpoint? I obv do not want to be a physical therapist, but helping people make good progress from their injuries is what I've enjoyed the most in my training career. Am I overthinking this, or would you guys take specific steps toward trying to make this a niche going forward? I definitely don't market myself as a specialist in injury rehab.
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    This is my niche - and has been for over ten years. There is a HUGE need for it and if you can focus on it you are almost guaranteed to be in high demand if you network properly. Many of my clients are people that did physio or chiro, got little to no results and are now strong and healthy thanks to proper application of force and responsible exercise.

    Look into CHEK courses, and if you have the time and money into things like MAT or Functional Range Release and RTS - and even Kelly Starretts' stuff. Simple myofascial release courses that massage therapists take are good as well as a complement to your services.

    Just Tuesday morning a client came in with knee pain, she couldn't fully extend her knee and couldn't do stairs because she did something silly on the weekend. Within an hour I had her leg feeling great and she texted me on the way out saying "stairs were a breeze - thanks!". It is really fulfilling when you can do it consistently.
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    so glad to hear this. i pretty much have had 90% of my clients start and finish with foam rollers even if we go over session time. the rest know to do it on their own time, and are more advanced trainees so no need. When i started in early 2000's CHEK was definitely on the radar but didn't get as mainstream acknowledgement as NASM/ACSM where i was...i do recall one gym telling me i would have to get CHEK certified and thought that interesting.

    i'm totally with you on helping people progress through injuries...to me there's no feeling more rewarding than helping someone feel less pain. my last long term client had hip replacement surgery, spinal stenosis, tendinitis, muscle cramps, hormone issues etc...such a bear to deal with but so rewarding to help her get better. I've been taking a small break from training but would love to specialize more with these kind of clients. Being off on my own, I am in less contact with what's up and up in the fitness world per se, but I will definitely look into those you recommended for when I re-up my business! I was just more concerned with not overstepping my bounds in what i should and shouldn't be dwelling in from a personal trainer standpoint.
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