I’m curious if there might be more to obtaining medical clearance from a client with many risk factors. I have a client who has been sedentary for a long time, has chest pain, is taking medications for a heart condition. We went through the PAR-Q and told her she needs a medical release form (which I provided) from her doctor, and we can then start an exercise program. Is there anything that I can do on my end to make it easier for the client to get medical release? Trying to stay professional as possible and go the extra 10% 🙂
I would connect with her doctor for any specific restrictions (you’ll obviously also need her permission before doc will give you any info). However, I would also advise your client to make an appointment to see her doctor if she is having chest pains. She may not be a candidate for regular training as David mentioned and I would be very cautious.
PS–I had a similar client a few years ago (heart stent, Type 2 Diabetes, and a host of other problems). He had medical clearance. However, on our first session we just walked and talked a bit. I noticed he was very out of breath with a slow walk and suggested he go in for a visit to his doctor to get it checked out further before we could resume our sessions. A few weeks later he messaged me that he had a 75% blockage in his arteries needed a quadruple bypass. I’m glad I listened to my gut in this case.
Don’t be afraid to get as much info as you can from both the doctor and the client.