All of the responses are right on the mark, especially Carol’s and Chris’s. It’s a collaborative, team process. In the end it’s not who is necessarily the most qualified, it’s what’s best for the client. Physical therapists are extensively educated in the treatment and training for rehabilitation from injury. A personal trainer, without PT education, does not have that background.
But that’s not the issue. The issue is for the personal trainer to continue on with the PT’s recommendations to provide the highest quality continued training regimen. It requires a clear and comprehensive communication, not a competition.
I see my role with physical therapy to be a link between their practice and a client’s lifestyle adjustmet back into daily living. I may uncover some things that weren’t part of the original issue or were. I always refer back to the therapis, physician, surgeon and get clearance to proceed or wait for the team to address the issue and refer the client back to me. We are part of a team.