PT: “Okay, just before we start, I need to check if you have any medical conditions?”
Client: “Okay, yes…I’ve got *insert complicated Latin sounding word*”.
PT: “Umm… so we might need to check with your GP before we start training.”
Most personal trainers have been there before, and let’s be honest, it’s better to be safe than sorry! But do you always need to ask a client’s General Practitioner (GP) Doctor? And even when you do, how do you do it so that the GP actually gets back to you? Here to answer all these questions and more is Dr Katy Fisken.
Dr Fisken joins Stuart on the podcast to discuss improving communication between personal trainers and GPs. They explore when PTS must check with a client’s GP about medical conditions before training, and how to do so. They also touch on Dr Fisken’s fascinating personal experience as a GP-turned-PT, the level of exercise and nutrition education in medical schools, and the growing importance of lifestyle medicine.
01:08 Exercise and Nutrition Education as a GP
09:45 Challenges of Delivering Lifestyle Medicine
13:55 When PTs Should Seek GP Clearance
18:10 How PTs Should Seek GP Clearance
20:24 Qualifications for PTs Working with Clients with Medical Conditions
22:41 Establishing Relationships with Local GPs
25:09 Dr Fisken's Motivation for Becoming a PT
26:29 Time Management and Business Growth as a GP and PT
29:59 How Being a GP Informed Dr Fisken's PT Practice
31:29 How Becoming a PT Informed Dr Fisken’s GP Practice
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