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 1 (M1L1): The Future of Longevity – Growing Healthier and Younger
- Lesson 2 (M1L2): Lifespan vs. Healthspan vs. Life Expectancy
- Lesson 3 (M1L3): The Aging vs. Longevity Economy
- Lesson 4 (M1L4): Bridging the Gap and Creating Opportunities
- Lesson 5 (M1L5): Living to 150 – The Now, Near and Far Longevity Solutions
- Lesson 6 (M1L6): Extending Lifespan With Lifestyle – A Review of the Research
- Lesson 11 (M3L1): Genetics vs. Epigenetics – Why Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny
- Lesson 12 (M3L2): The Exposome
- Lesson 13 (M3L3): Understanding Genetic Expression
- Lesson 14 (M3L4): The DNA Footprint
- Lesson 15 (M3L5): The Unified Information Theory of Aging
- Lesson 16 (M3L6): The Genes of Longevity
- Lesson 17 (M3L7): Epigenetic Clocks and How To Measure Biological Age
- Lesson 18 (M4L1): The Longevity Stress Effect- How to Live Longer and Grow Stronger With Stress
- Lesson 19 (M4L2): The Epigenetics of Stress
- Lesson 20 (M4L3): Distress, Dysfunction Due to Allostatic Overload
- Lesson 21 (M4L4): The Biomarkers of Stress
- Lesson 22 (M4L5): The Longevity Living Health Continuum
- Lesson 23 (M4L6): Building Resilience, Restoring Allostasis
- Lesson 24 (M4L7): Using Stress to Optimize Longevity
- Lesson 25 (M4L8): A Clinical Framework to Evaluate and Recommend Key Stress Optimization Solutions
- Lesson 26 (M5L1): The Biomarkers of Longevity – How to Assess, Interrupt and Support Data-Driven Longevity Solutions
- Lesson 27 (M5L2): Intake Assessments and Questionnaires
- Lesson 28 (M5L3): Physical Biomarkers
- Lesson 29 (M5L4): Digital Biomarkers
- Lesson 30 (M5L5): Clinical Biomarkers
- Lesson 31 (M5L6): Diagnostic Biomarkers
- Lesson 32 (M5L7): BONUS – An Interview with Dr. Jim Lavalle: Clinical Pathways and Biomarkers of Metaflammation
- Lesson 33 (M6L1): The Lifestyle Pillars of Longevity – Vectors of Aging
- Lesson 34 (M6L2): The Optimization Equation
- Lesson 35 (M6L3): The Vectors of Longevity
- Lesson 36 (M6L4): Vitality – The Role of Mindset on Function
- Lesson 37 (M6L5.0): Capacity for Longevity
- Lesson 38 (M6L5.1): The Lifestyle Pillars of Longevity – Movement
- Lesson 39 (M6L5.2): The Lifestyle Pillars of Longevity – Nourishment
- Lesson 40 (M6L5.2a): Assess and Optimize Nutrition for Longevity
- Lesson 41 (M6L5.2b): What to Eat for Longevity
- Lesson 42 (M6L6.1): The Lifestyle Pillars of Longevity – Resilience through Rest
- Lesson 43 (M6L6.2): Resilience Through Environmental Design
- Lesson 44 (M6L7): The Lifestyle Pillars of Longevity – Flourish Through Wellbeing
- Lesson 45 (M7L1): Longevity Fitness Lab – How to Assess and Apply Longevity Fitness Interventions to Increase Lifespan and Healthspan
- Lesson 46 (M7L2): Longevity Fitness Lab – Functional Movements Reviewed
- Lesson 47 (M7L3): Longevity Fitness Lab – Set a Longevity Fitness Vision
- Lesson 48 (M7L4): Longevity Fitness Lab – Heart Rate and How to Measure Resilience with the 3-Minute Step Test
- Lesson 49 (M7L5): Longevity Fitness Lab – Grip Strength, Measure and Improve
- Lesson 50 (M7L6): Longevity Fitness Lab – The Lower Body Strength Assessments and Interventions for Improvement
- Lesson 51 (M7L7): Longevity Fitness Lab – Balance and Stability Assessments and Interventions for Improvement
- Lesson 52 (M7L8): Longevity Fitness Lab – Speed and Agility Assessments and Interventions for Improvement
- Lesson 53 (M8L1): Understanding Your Role as a Longevity Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist
- Lesson 54 (M8L2): Communication for Change
- Lesson 55 (M8L3): A.C.T Longevity Coaching Framework
- Lesson 56 (M8L4): Program Framework
- Lesson 57 (M8L5): Client Session SOAP Form
- Lesson 58 (M8L6): Putting It All Together
- Lesson 59 (M9L1): Your Ideal Client, What They Want and Need
- Lesson 60 (M9L2): Opportunities in the Marketplace
- Lesson 61 (M9L3): Build Your Ideal Program
- Lesson 62 (M9L4): Flow of Care
- Lesson 63 (M9L5): Marketing Attraction, Enrollment and Delivery of Care
- Lesson 64 (M9L6): 5-Part Enrollment Framework
- Lesson 65 (M9L7): Delivery of Care
- Lesson 66 (M9L8): Legal Considerations