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.