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Personal Fitness Trainer’s Guide to Injury Prevention

addressing injuries as a personal trainerAs a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer or coach, injury prevention should always be a number one priority. Developing your skills and knowledge is a lifelong process and your client’s success depends on it. Regardless of your time in the industry, always remain a student of your craft and do everything you can do to produce the best, and safest training experience for current and future clients.

Learn More and Expand Your Knowledge Base

One of the very first things you can do to continue to improve your knowledge and sharpen your skills is to further invest in your education. It is imperative that you are always continuing your education regardless of how long you have been in the field. Actively practicing and learning will keep you ahead of the curve to give you the most success in your career. The best approach when developing your abilities is to acknowledge all of the concepts presented to you, then take a useful piece from each one. 

Assess and Evaluate

Evaluations and screening processes should be an ongoing practice for the entire training career of a client. These procedures help identify negative lifestyle habits, health concerns, risk stratification, orthopedic sensitivities, dysfunction, movement, and performance discrepancies, as well as serve as a “checkpoint” to test for improved function. Having a system in place that you can consistently replicate will create a solid foundation and give credibility to your coaching and training. More importantly, you will be greatly lowering the risk of injury for your clients.

Pay Attention To The Little Details

Being able to read non-verbal behavior are a huge component in measuring and judging training intensity, movement integrity, and recognizing pain reflexes. Non-verbal behavior consists of positions, gestures, and total body movements that can clearly display how a person is feeling during that time. Identifying those subtle cues and movements are a great tool you can use to your advantage to adjust exercise variations and intensity to ensure client safety.

Use Appropriate Exercises and Variations

Designing a safe and effective training program is an art. It doesn’t have to be extravagant and filled with the latest exercises. But what is most important, is that it suits your client appropriately in regards to their movement capacity and capabilities. Modifying certain movements based on your clients’ needs is pivotal to health and success. Making adjustments to an exercise program is an ongoing process. Take the time to learn new variations and when you learn something new, try it on yourself first, assess the outcome, and then use that information when applying it to your clients.

Create Total Body Strength and Symmetry

Focus on getting your clients to master the foundational movement patterns to create total body strength and symmetry within the body. Find other ways to challenge them without just adding more sets, reps, or time to the workout. Using different loading tools, changing rep tempos, using intensity techniques, and altering rest periods are some methods to impose additional challenges for your clientele. Your clients should be leaving their training session feeling empowered and better than they did before they came in. Programming training sessions that allow them to consistently train hard and feel great every time they step foot in the gym creates training longevity and better quality of life. 

Evaluate Every Training Session

An essential component of being a great coach and expediting your clients’ development is taking the time to evaluate every training session. Doing this will allow you to review and determine what worked well, what did not work, what can be improved upon, as well as make necessary adjustments to movements or the program itself. Regularly going through this process will fine-tune your clients’ training program keeping them on the path to achieving their utmost potential while keeping them safe and pain-free. 

Getting Started

At NESTA, we provide the quality education and support you need, so you can earn your training, coaching, or specialist certification with confidence.

Check out what it takes to start a career in personal fitness training. This is your most affordable and fastest way to become a highly qualified personal trainer.

Become a Sports Injury Specialist. Keep your clients safe by learning essential injury treatment and prevention. Personal trainers and sports coaches alike enroll in this program on a daily basis. No other program in the industry gives you this knowledge and important skill set.

NESTA coaching programs are open to anyone with a desire to learn and help others. There are no prerequisites.

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