Where do you go when you don't have the answers?
As a trainer I'm always looking for new resources. Are there reputable sites, companies or periodicals that you frequent when you enter unfamiliar territory? For instance, if a client has a condition you haven't seen before or is following a new dieting trend, or perhaps when you're looking for new exercises or equipment to incorporate into your routines? I'm looking to stay well-informed without going beyond a personal trainer's scope of practice. Thanks!
my approach is very similar to Danielle's. I google and then look here, there and everywhere.
Personally, I am not concerned about the trainer's scope of practice when I look for information. This only becomes relevant the moment you APPLY something beyond your scope. I often read medical texts as background information. That does not mean that I will 'diagnose' anything or make statements about treatments.
As far as new exercises or equipment: I am fortunate to attend the IDEA conferences often where I get a chance to try out the latest and greatest. This gives me an opportunity to assess it and implement it as appropriate.
I hope that this helps.
Also, I'm finding my LinkedIn group threads to be very beneficial, especially for Pilates. Someone will post a question pertaining to a client issue and all of the other certified and experienced trainers/instructors/physical therapists/doctors put in their knowledge. It resembles a discussion room full of educated professionals!
I will go to Google and look for reputatble studies, my university library, or my own library. I find most of the material by publishers Human Kinetics and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins invaluable, but inaccessible without a fee. I also look at NIH, CDC and similar websites depending on my search criteria. For creative exercises I may look at A.C.E. videos, IDEA videos, ACSM EIM videos or others on utube. Then I decide what works and does not work for my needs.
I've learned alot from Dr. Michael Jones. Books he suggested that we have in our library, I purchased like Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, the Merck Manual.
I find the ACSM Resource Manual a good resource as it covers information pertaining to the scope of practice of a personal trainer all the way through to a clinical exercise physiologist.
If you have an ACSM credential you can alway research their online journals.
One can always visit www.pubmed.gov. If you are ACE certified one can utilize Sports Discus and look up the research pertaining to the area you are unclear about.
Hope this is of help to you.
IDEA has some great stuff online! Check out their article library!
As an ACE professional, you should get the IDEA Fitness Journal? There are always awesome articles in those journals, and after having gotten a number of them, they are my go-to source to find out more information on most things. When I can't find an answer that I'm looking for, I'll just google until I find something that has a .org or .edu extension and I'll interpret it as either legitimate and relevant or not based on 1.) my knowledge of functional movement and training etc. and 2.) the credentials of those who published the information.
Short answer?... The world wide web!
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