Doctors and specialists collaborate to provide the best medical care possible for patients. So - shouldn't other members of your health care team do the same? We think so.
Many of us have a team of professionals to help support our health and well-being. In addition to a personal trainer, this team may include a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, and/or dietitian.
We believe that these team members should be collaborating with one-another. Unfortunately, this is a fairly foreign concept to many trainers and other practitioners.
But we're working to change that. When we sign on a new client, we ask who else they're working with and make a point to connect and collaborate with those other wellness providers.
Now the big question: why bother? The one-word answer is safety. Proceeding without this information isn't safe, and could do more harm than good. It's also an opportunity to co-ordinate efforts to help you reach your goals that much faster.
So for the sake of your well-being, speak up! Tell your providers who else you're working with, and request that they discuss your case. This is especially important if you have a unique circumstance like an injury.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!