What Personal Trainers Need to Know About Pre-Hab
Clients facing surgery who improve strength and mobility beforehand often have better outcomes and quicker recoveries. That’s the benefit of pre-hab: a pre-surgery fitness plan that’s approved by the client’s doctor.
Dino Del Mastro, NASM Master Instructor and a doctor of chiropractic in the San Francisco Bay Area, says that working with doctors can increase your credibility and may lead to referrals—referrals that often become long-term clients. Here, Del Mastro offers three tips for successful pre-hab services.
- Connect on a professional level. Talk with doctors you already know, perhaps even your own physician, about a working relationship.
- Go to appointments with clients. Talk to your clients about attending doctor’s consultations. It will give you better insights into the challenges ahead.
- Send reports to doctors. Communication is essential. Send brief reports outlining training plans and indicating that your top priority is client safety. Ask for input on programming as well as movements to avoid.