Whilst the long-term consequences of COVID-19 are not yet fully understood, it is natural that, as a personal trainer, you would be keen to understand how you can work with people in their rehabilitation.
You can’t quite give medical advice. However, with an understanding and awareness of the condition, you’ll be able to work with clients who have had COVID-19 and apply your knowledge to prescribe exercise and fitness programmes that will support them during their rehabilitation and ongoing fitness.
Read on to learn more about what trainers can do to support those recovering from the effects of COVID-19, and how you can gain the skills necessary to make a real difference in your client's lives.
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How Can a Personal Trainer Support People Recovering From the Effects of COVID-19?
Support Behaviour Change
Already recognised as one of the most important skills for Personal Trainers to master, Behaviour Change Coaching is a vital component for working with clients who have had COVID-19.
Whilst it can vary, change can be hard to accept and there will be a range of necessary fitness and lifestyle changes your clients may need to adjust to. Having the skills to keep them motivated and active throughout the changes ahead will ensure they get the most out of working with you.
Provide Adjusted Exercise Guidance & Prescription
As with any illness or condition, the effects can be long lasting and, at times, limiting. As such, you can best support your clients by understanding these limitations so you can adjust your exercise guidance and prescription.
Clients will appreciate you taking this into account and will be able to continue in their rehabilitation without feeling they are unable to achieve their goals.
Fatigue can affect your ability to complete normal daily tasks, varying in severity throughout the day. Many things can contribute to fatigue such as:
- physical demands on the body
- varying daily routines
- mood and stress
to name only a few.
Post viral fatigue syndrome can impact people physically, mentally and emotionally, it’s vitally important that you are able to support your clients in this area, providing them with advice and plans that will work around when they are feeling the effects the most.
There will be many instances when the support or perhaps even the treatment required by your clients will fall outside your remit and skillset. Having a thorough understanding of the different avenues available, so you can signpost clients to additional support, will enable you to provide a more well-rounded holistic approach to your work.
How Can You Get the Skills?
Now that you know the skills you need, how do you get them?
This is where our new COVID-19 Rehabilitation course comes in. We have designed the course to equip you with the awareness, understanding and knowledge to adapt and prescribe suitable exercises and behavioural changes to people who suffer from the long-term effects of the virus.
When you complete the course, you will be certified in line with your existing qualifications to safely help individuals in recovery from COVID-19 to participate in physical activity and exercise and support them in their rehabilitation.
Get ready for when the gyms reopen with this vital new skillset. To find out more about how you can get involved and benefit from these essential skills, view course details here.