I understand this website is a great source of information from many professionals within the industry. However, when asking specific questions regarding a client (ie. What exercises should I do?) it is impossible to answer. We cannot see your client nor have we performed any type of assessment on them. Therefore, not only is difficult to answer it is potentially wrongful.
1) Propose the difficulty and ask where to refer to.
2) Ask where to find out more information regarding specifics (assessment, programming, etc.)
3) Take advantage of resources (IDEA has much to offer) and become more familiarized before working with potential clients.
Would love to hear opinions.
you are right. Some people are asking specific questions that are truly impossible to answer, and we all say so in our replies.
On the other hand, it is still possible to give a generic answer to a specific question. It would always start with a qualifier such as “doctor’s approval”, “talk to the PT”, “do an assessment”. But this can be followed by rather concrete suggestions based on what has worked for any one of us in a similar situation.
When I first starting training – more years ago than I care to admit – I would have killed to have access to a web site like this. I am sure that I would have placed specific questions as well because I did not have the experience I have today. Getting ideas from other professionals would have helped me a great deal.
You state perfectly well that this is “a great source of information from many professionals within the industry”. So let’s all jointly improve this site even more in the knowledge that a rising tide lifts all boats.
I think you are right in many ways, but also hope you’ll consider the phrase that begins with “It takes a village…” Though I agree we all could offer much more specific answers if we had much more specific information, I think sometimes having a really open-ended questions can get a much more diverse set of answers which allows the person questioning to decide what direction seems to make sense in their particular situation.
Hopefully though it may not seem as helpful to some of us, to that person, you may have opened their eyes to a brand new perspective!
As some one who has asked a question in the past about a specific client, I’ll give you some insight as to why I did so. The doctor did not recommend any additional guidance, even after being asked. Physical therapy was denied for this particular client. Even after reading up about the issue, having never worked with a client with this specific issue, I wanted to pick the brains of others who may have worked with this type of client. When they asked for more information, I provided it.
I’m thankful for this type of a resource and the people who participate. By no means do I think that I know everything there is to know about training, flexibility, nutrition, etc. That’s the beauty of our industry. There’s always more to learn. And sometimes you can learn a lot from others who have been there, done that.
Also, not everyone has access to many other professionals. I live overseas right now on a military base. My access to other professionals is limited. This forum helps to keep me in the know!
Hello Jason, Well said. In most circumstances not enough information has been offered in some of the question/s asked and with too many variables to respond with.
Some of the questions posted could be Googled and returned with hundreds of responses…ours included.
Nevertheless, we can do our part to help regardless of how frustrating some questions can be.
I think that on this forum you have input from those who have a vast experience in working in the fitness arena. That experience and your expert judgement will enable you to make the best choices for your clients. Nobody has all the right, exact answers to any question. Exercise science is an evolving science. Just be flexible and open-minded.