Medical Exercise bridges the gap between Healthcare & Fitness.

Today, the average individual have fitness goals hampered by medical conditions; whether it’s diabetes, high blood pressure or recovering from a joint replacement surgery or weight-loss surgery, post-rehab or recently discharged from Physical therapy. Medical Exercise is performed by Medical Exercise Specialists (MES). Established in 1994 by the American Academy of Health, Fitness & Rehabilitation Professionals (AAHFRP), the Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) is the world’s first certification program for medical exercise professionals. Medical Exercise helps ensure that fitness regimens are safe and effective.

Overseen by a Medical Exercise Specialist {MES}, Medical Exercise Training {MET} associate, we focus on improving the health & fitness of those in our Community with different medical concerns.

WHAT IS A MEDICAL EXERCISE SPECIALIST?

A Medical Exercise Specialist is a medical fitness professional who not only works with the typical client looking to improve their health and fitness level; but he or she also has the knowledge and skills to work with clients with a wide range of medical conditions. These atypical clients are “medical exercise or post rehab” in that they are referred to a fitness professional after completion of a rehabilitation program and now need a fitness program tailored to their particular medical condition. The MES is trained to develop safe and effective conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological or metabolic disorders. 

WHAT CAN A MEDICAL EXERCISE SPECIALIST DO?

  • Perform safe and effective fitness assessments on clients with medical disorders without causing exacerbation of the condition.
  • Perform a 12-point musculoskeletal screening on a medical exercise/post rehab client.
  • Understand the related anatomy, pathology and biomechanics of common medical conditions.
  • Understand how common medical conditions respond to exercise.
  • Develop safe and effective conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.
  • Apply safe and effective medical exercise techniques for the upper and lower extremity and spine.
  • Communicate effectively with medical professionals. 
  • Identify the red flags and warning signs that indicate the client is in need of evaluation or treatment from a licensed medical professional.
  • Understand the role and scope of practice for the medical exercise professional when working with post rehab and medical exercise clients.

ROLES OF EACH HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IN YOUR LONG-TERM FITNESS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL THERAPY & MEDICAL EXERCISE // CONDITIONS SEEN