Good answers. After consulting with MD and PT for efficacy, try to determine the etiology. What has your client done that may have exacerbated the present situation? Avoid it. Then pursue with rehab to try to recover normal function.
I hope not. I've been involved in some fairly high scale promotions in my years in the fitness biz. Good trainers are unaffected. Just do your job. No change in compensation, unless it comes from the outsourced studio.
There are a multitude of good to very good academic institutions where you can pursue studies in your area of interest. I recommend that you visit those that pique your interest--faculty you respect, great labs. and gyms. I suggest that you make sure that the academic studies are equal in part to ...
I think that online for exercise science is a stretch. I believe that you have to be in the gym, in the training room, to put the academic principles into practice, I don't think you get that online. How do you perform a proper biceps curl online? How do you know how to recognize when a potentia...
Kelli, there are a multitude of universities that offer fantastic curricula in the areas you query. Visit them, see their facilities and labs, find out if you are in touch with the faculty. In the end you'll be teaching them as much as they teach you. Miss seeing you.
Why not do both? They fit together like hand and glove. There is so much information out there, it's like a tidal wave. Becoming a student of these sciences helps you to more capably translate the salient information to your clients.
I agree with those who suggest that a college degree holds a lot of weight. Specific certifications on top of that add to your credibility and to your commitment to your profession. Certifications without a degree bring in a question mark.
Karin's answer is right on. I agree that ACSM, ACE and NASM are widely recognized, deservedly so. Your signature will not be the initials behind your name, but will be your character as a personal trainer, in the gym and beyond.