Scope of Practice
Scope of practice
As a teacher it is important that our clients feel safe and cared for in our studios and classes both in person and online.
Here is a step by step scope of practice that we always follow in class for new and existing clients:
When you have a new client in class, after introducing yourself and orientating them to the studio or space, ask if they have tried anything like this before and if they have any injuries or limitations you should be aware of. We must allow space and time at the beginning of class for anyone to have a private chat about any concern or injury they may have.
If a client presents with an injury, ask them what their specialist has recommended for exercises to avoid, and exercises to perform. Most of the time, they will be able to confidently tell you and be able to let you know what movement aggravates the injury.This gives you a big base to work with when offering alternatives suitable for that individual.
Our responsibility as instructors is to continue to learn and grow. To actively advance our knowledge in all teaching elements including injuries and special populations, so we are competent and confident to assist our clients safely in classes.
It is important we know our scope as teachers. If a client presents with pain or discomfort, it is not our job to diagnose, prescribe or treat any condition. It is important we know how to modify movements or when to give alternatives to exercises, but it is equally as important to know when to refer on. You can suggest seeing a physio/ osteo/ chiro/ exercise physiologist to anyone who may be having problem with pain or movement patterns.
Our duty of care as teachers is to ask the question and to listen! Encourage the client to listen to their bodies and allow for breaks. If it doesn't feel good, don't do it, we never want to move through pain! Not only do we need to be mindful of helping our clients when they come in with injuries or special needs, but also to empower them to feel they can still do exercise and movement to build strength back into the weakened area.