I would have to agree with the above comments. As much as you (or I) would like to help that client, we are only putting them, and ourselves at risk when we don’t insist on a medical clearance. I always tell my clients that it is important for them to get their doctor’s clearance as I don’t want to do anything that could jeopardize their health or function. Most of my clients have a pretty good relationship/history with their doctors that if they fax the med clearance to their doctors, some will sign off on it without necessarily needing them to come in for a visit. If co-pay or finances are an issue than this option usually works very well and gives me the peace of mind that I have done my due dillegence to my client’s safety. However, I just had a client whose physician decided he wanted to see them before signing and had to tell this client that we could not continue their training until this was done. My client had hoped to continue their training but understood that this was non-negotiable.
I also agree with prior comments that this is a good way to network with medical professionals.