SCOPE OF PRACTICE STATEMENT
MEDFIT EDUCATION FOUNDATION
A fitness professional who has specifically completed the online course titled, Medical Fitness Specialist, or has completed a fitness specialist course focused on a specific chronic disease or medical condition, and through MedFit Classroom, is considered a Medical Fitness Specialist. Through completion of course(s) focusing on a specific condition, the Medical Fitness Specialist has received advanced education and training in that respective medical condition and is qualified to work with clients who have been diagnosed with that respective medical condition. Medical conditions may include, but are not limited to: Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, lung disease, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, obesity, orthopedic disease, Parkinson’s disease, mental illness, and type 2 diabetes.
Medical Fitness Specialist courses on MedFit Classroom are considered advanced, continuing education, and do not supplant a general comprehensive fitness certification. Individuals completing a Medical Fitness Specialist course on MedFit Classroom are eligible to earn a Certificate of Specialization once they are able to provide evidence of either a current, general fitness certification, or relevant degree in the field, as well as proof of professional liability insurance.
Medical Fitness Specialists shall first and foremost adhere to the scope of practice as defined by their primary fitness certification, shall also follow all local, regional, state, and/or national regulations (e.g., those defined by their accredited certification organizations, national licensing boards, State licensing and/or registration requirements, primary industry trade organizations, etc.), and shall adhere to the procedures and actions applicable to their credentials.
Medical Fitness Specialists shall not diagnose injury, chronic disease, or any other medical condition, nor provide treatment beyond the scope of their training, and shall refer clients with such needs to properly licensed medical and/or allied healthcare professionals. Medical Fitness Specialists are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms suspicious of a disease process in order to understand when an exercise program should be modified or stopped for the client to seek further evaluation and/or diagnosis.
Clients may be referred to a Medical Fitness Specialist by a licensed healthcare professional (i.e., medical doctor, chiropractic physician, physiotherapist, etc.), to participate in a structured physical exercise program, and/or to begin behavioral change programs (e.g., dietary or mental health). This may also include clients who seek a referral for a specific health or fitness goal, and have taken it upon their own merit to begin an exercise and/or behavior change program.
To ensure coordination of care, Medical Fitness Specialists are trained to competently communicate in written, verbal, and/or HIPAA-secure electronic formats with other allied health professionals or healthcare professionals. Medical Fitness Specialists’ communication with, and education of, their client about medical fitness, and/or about a client’s diagnosed medical condition(s), should stay within the scope of their own specific Medical Fitness Specialist course credentials (i.e., specific to the condition in which the Medical Fitness Specialist was trained).
Medical Fitness Specialists are trained to recognize when it is appropriate to refer their client to a licensed healthcare professional, as well as how and to whom their client needs to be referred. For example, Medical Fitness Specialists should refer their client for the following scenarios: (1.) A current client who demonstrates symptoms and signs of an undiagnosed condition or is experiencing an exacerbation or worsening of a current medical condition; Or, (2.) a prospective or current client who would be placed at risk if physical exercise or behavioral change programs were started or continued.
Medical Fitness Specialists are also trained to take a thorough health history, monitor their client through accurate record-keeping and, once again, to work within the scope of their respective education and training. They understand how to create progressive exercise programs for respective medical conditions, monitor and assess the success of a program, make modifications when necessary, and monitor for circumstances that demand the cessation of the program, and/or referral to an appropriate healthcare professional.
Ultimately, the primary goal of a Medical Fitness Specialist is to responsibly guide a client through a medical fitness program that creates improvements in overall health and wellness, consistent with the goals of both the client and their healthcare team.
- Lesson 0 (M1L0): Introduction to Module 1
- Lesson 1 (M1L1): Getting to Know Older Adults
- Lesson 2 (M1L2): Paradigm Shift – Empowering Older Adults
- Lesson 3 (M1L3): A3 + E3 = Optimal Aging
- Lesson 4 (M1L4): The Blue Zones – Aging Better Longer
- Lesson 5 (M1L5): Aging Well Begins with Thinking Well
- Lesson 6 (M1L6): Preventing Falls and Protecting Cognition
- Lesson 7 (M1L7): Lifestyle Matters (Part I: Reducing Inflammation by Choice – Stress, Mindset, and Adverse Childhood Experiences)
- Lesson 8 (M1L8): Lifestyle Matters (Part II: Reducing Inflammation by Choice – Sleep, Food and Water)
- Lesson 9 (M1L9): Lifestyle Matters (Part III: Movement, Mobility and Social Well-Being)
- Lesson 10 (M2L1): Inflammaging – Sarcopenia, Frailty, and Falls
- Lesson 11 (M2L2): Dietary Patterns and the Power of Plants
- Lesson 12 (M2L3): Nutrition Fundamentals to Building a Stronger Body & Brain – Balancing Blood Sugar with Protein, Fiber & Fat
- Lesson 13 (M2L4): Risk Factors and Strategies for Fall Prevention
- Lesson 14 (M2L5): Joint and Ankle Function – The First Step to Better Mobility and Fall Resilience
- Lesson 15 (M3L1): GFLS Qualities, Client Barriers, Intakes and Interviews
- Lesson 16 (M3L2): Philosophy of Assessments, Self-Efficacy, and Body Awareness
- Lesson 17 (M3L3): Assessing Gait, Speed, and the Foot/Ankle
- Lesson 18 (M3L4): Assessing Fall Risk and Fear
- Lesson 19 (M3L5): Assessing Strength, Stamina, and Power
- Lesson 25 (M5L1): Introduction to Module 5
- Lesson 26 (M5L2): Vision and Mission Statements
- Lesson 27 (M5L3): The Opportunity – Your Solution
- Lesson 28 (M5L4): SWOT and MVP – Two Great Tools For Success
- Lesson 29 (M5L5): Technology, Equipment, and Toys
- Lesson 30 (M5L6): Milestones and Metrics
- Lesson 31 (M5L7): Identifying Your Senior Market
- Lesson 32 (M5L8): Caregivers – A Closer Look
- Lesson 33 (M5L9): Senior Aging Continuum
- Lesson 34 (M5L10): Communication Guidelines and Methods (Parts 1-3)
- Competency Assessment: Geriatric Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist