Hi everyone. I’m studying for my senior fitness certificate, and the textbook mentions taking a client’s blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer – but it also says that a trainer should have formal training before doing so. This brings up a bunch of questions:
How common is it for personal fitness trainers to take blood pressure readings?
Where does one get training in taking BP readings?
Are electronic blood pressure monitors a reliable substitute for using the sphygmomanometer? And if so, do they require special training?
Do any of you have clients with BP issues who have been cleared by their doctor to exercise in a limited way? If so, how specific are the doctors’ instructions regarding prescribed/proscribed exercise?
I had initially decided that I just wouldn’t work with clients who have BP issues, but since I’m interested in working with older adults, that may not be a realistic plan.
Working with older populations you will most likely need to take their BP. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but a lot of them have BP issues or are on some kind of medication or had heart surgery and the list goes on. Getting cleared by their doctor is one step of many in order for them to start working out. After doing their initial assessment you should have better idea of how to proceed and what issues/factors you will need to look for.
Electronic BP monitors are accurate and you can find nurses using them when you visit your doctor’s office. You should buy one for yourself and practice either on you or ask any of your family members or even friends of yours to be your “patients”.
If you have any questions about your clients even though they have been cleared by their physicians you can always contact them (physicians) and ask them questions. I usually do whenever I have questions and need more information regarding my client’s situation.
I’m not sure if my answer helps you at all.