I have, and I recommend you do so. It seems to me health professionals may hesitate to contact their client or participants’ doctors for fear of looking unqualified– thinking their client may think they don’t know what they are doing so have to ask someone else for help. In my experience, this was never the case. I would tell the person I wanted to talk to their doctor to see how I could help them as safely and effectively as possible. The clients always viewed this as taking extra time and effort to help them, and were always grateful for the extra service. In fact, multiple times when I called doctors for this reason, the doctors were so impressed with my level of professionalism (not the opposite!) they asked me to come into their office, meet with them, and leave business cards for other patients! You are doing an extra service, as I mentioned, and your clients will appreciate it. It will also help you minimize your risk, and in that regard, I say it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Good luck with the client! Perhaps he or she may present a new challenge to you, which will help you grow your own skills!
Hello Matthew Feldman,
Yes. I also communicate through the clients, SOAP notes and fax. The doctors’ inputs for client safety and progression is priceless.
Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit…
Hey there Matthew,
Sometimes our paths cross with these pros yes. But these days, mostly not. Most times this can be handled with paperwork provided.
If there are exercise specific concerns a client has and they encourage and desire that contact-yes. Because the client is always right.