My Take on Assessments: Why You Should Be Doing Them…

John Durante Uncategorized Leave a Comment

We like to assess here at the gym. Going in blind is never an option and can lead to injury or client mismanagement. Assessments SHOULD be done in order to deliver the most effective programs possible. Here are my thoughts:

Set Yourself Apart From The Rest

The personal training world has a very thin barrier to entry. If you look half-way decent with your shirt off, then you are in! Aside from that, it is astonishing to me that very few facilities evaluate their clientele before loading them. Pre-participating screening will set you and your clients up for success. Getting to know their medical history and prior pathologies is going to play a large part in how you handle things going forth. It is sad that more coaches do not do this…however, it sets the stage for those who take the time to do assessments to shine and set themselves apart from everyone else. This is not a guessing game…you will lose more times than not!

What To Do?

We use specific and general tests here at JDFit. In the realm of specific testing, we have: ROM tests and joint specific mobility screenings. Globally, we have: overhead squats, lunges and the Klatt test etc…

During our global tests, we are assessing how someone moves. When evaluating someone’s movement, their ROM tests may have indicated something different. You may have someone with optimal ROM but crumple during an overhead squat assessment. The same is true for ROM tests. You may be evaluating someone with very limited ROM but do very well with their dynamic work…

For example: athletes with limited knee flexion may perform and overhead squat very well. You need to think in the long term. This is going to be problematic when that athlete attempts to sprint…the rectus femoris may be tight and will be problem later down the road…

What Not To Do?

We are not physical therapists. On my best day I would be a terrible physio and I would be rather known as a good trainer, anyways…If you encounter something that is out of your scope, send them to a professional. We do not have the fancy resources that other professionals have (diagnostic imaging) to accurately help their patients either…

I refer out often and tell my staff to do so as well…This is a great way to connect with other professionals in the same realm… Lastly, this will help develop a working relationship that can benefit both parties…

Use The Information

Most of our assessments take 20 to 30 minutes. Make it short and to the point. You can obtain a tremendous amount of knowledge in a short window…Lastly, do not do assessments to look cool. Use the information that you gathered and put it to use.

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