you picked in interesting example because I have a client almost like that – without carpal tunnel (and I am confident that I would have been able to work around that one as well).
Of course, I obtained a physician’s approval, and then I did what I do with every client: assess, observe, interact, communicate and find the path that will help the client get to a better place without aggravating any of the complications.
If I find myself in a situation like that, I try to break it down into manageable parts. I am often familiar with the individual problems, and may only deal with one at a time.
Frankly, referring out is often not possible. In all modesty, I would not have known where to refer the client. She has made significant progress to the astonishment of her health care providers and found myself in a position where I explained to the doctors my approach.
This was a situation which I was comfortable with. However, I like to think that I also know when I am over my head.
Yes for any medical condition or risk factors that surpass guidelines it is imperative to not only get a release from their doctor but to have an ongoing relationship with the physician for future questions or situations.
It is our responsibility as professionals to keep the best interests of our clients in mind.
Hi Naomi. With clients who present with medical conditions such as the ones you mention in your question, I would definitely get a physician’s clearance and authorization for them to train with you before working with them. It’s the prudent and professional thing to do in my opinion.