Medical Exercise Professionals....Do You Understand ACL??

 
The new profession of medical exercise training is growing rapidly and with its growth we hear the words – accreditation, certification and licensure mentioned but is the fitness industry clear on the meaning of these terms and their appropriate usage.
 
Accreditation is important but it cannot be used to gain creditability. When 3rd parties, without subject matter expertise, provide accreditation for a new profession, this at best is questionable. The major accrediting body used by the fitness industry reviews the exam process rather than the tested subject matter and its application related to the role, scope, responsibilities and skills expected of the professional.
 
Certification is just the beginning, not the ultimate in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Finally, licensure is down the road. Understand licensure is a means of protecting the public and establishing a professional standard. There are many things medical exercise professionals must...
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Bridging the Gap with Total Knee Replacements - Part 4

 

Hey Medical Exercise Professionals…..This is the final in the "Bridging the Gap with Total Knee Replacement" series. In this segment we review a couple of specific techniques to recruit/activate the quadriceps and stretch the knee. REMEMBER....leave the acute management to the physicians and therapists. They will make your job easier if they have managed their roles and responsibilities appropriately.

 

The swelling is the major limitation in the early stages. The swelling should be at a minimal level when MET begins. If the client is limited to less than 90 degrees of flexion and unable to achieve full extension, refer the client back to the therapist or contact the therapist o develop an appropriate training program. Terms you need to become familiar with are extensor lag and patella mobility. The extensor lag is a combo of quad weakness/lack of fiber recruitment, swelling and lack of flexibility and connective tissue pliablity. The therapist should address these...

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Bridging the Gap with Total Knee Replacements - Part 3

 

MedXPROS....total knee and hip replacements will become a large component of MET services over the next 20 years. The number of total knee replacements performed is estimated at 720,000 per year. TKR clients, if there are no major post-operative complications, will go through a brief bout of physical therapy. After which they are prime candidates for medical exercise training (MET) to increase strength, maintain or improve ROM/flexiblity, enhance joint stability and overall restore function. Every total joint replacement client needs MET in some form or fashion.

 

This video summarizes status of the client regarding swelling, ROM/flexibility and exercise programming. Three areas must be simultaneously addressed in the acute stages following TKR: 1) swelling/pain; 2) ROM/flexibility and 3) muscle recruitment/strength. In the acute stages these 3 are best handled in a physical therapy setting after discharge from the hospital. After these are addressed and the client is...

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Bridging the Gap with Total Knee Replacements - Part 2

 

Medical Exercise Specialists…..total joint replacements will become a bigger part of your practices over the next 20 years. This is a continuation of the earlier blog post working with a total knee replacement client. Weight bearing status is important when working with TKRs. Upon discharge from the hospital the client is usually weight bearing to tolerance. After the surgery, the physician wants the client up within the first 24 hours walking with a walker weight bearing to their tolerance.

 

After the replacement, the knee is severely swollen with significant pain. The knee is usually wrapped and partially immobilized in extension. Pain management and safe ambulation are the focus in the hospital. Discharge occurs within 24 - 48 hours of the surgery. Depending on the client's home situation and family support, along with their weight bearing and ambulatory status, the client will go home or to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). If the client is discharged to their home,...

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Medical Exercise Specialist...Bridge the Gap with Total Knee Replacements

 
Medical Exercise Specialists....total joint replacements will become a bigger part of your practices over the next 20 years. I worked with a very special client, my brother Cornell, after his total knee replacement. The number of total knee replacements performed is estimated at 720,000 per year. These clients, if there are no major post-operative complications, will go through a brief bout of physical therapy. After which they are prime candidates for medical exercise training (MET) to increase strength, maintain or improve ROM/flexiblity, enhance joint stability and overall restore function. Every total joint replacement client needs MET in some form or fashion.
 
In this 4-part video series I will offer a few points regarding transitioning a total knee replacement client from physical therapy to MET. Thanks to my brother, Cornell Jones, for his participation. For the full video series as well as information on becoming a Medical Exercise Specialist subscribe below to our...
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Medical Exercise Specialist...Are You Using This 6-Point Medical Exercise Client Management System?

 

Medical exercise training (MET) will grow tremendously over the next two decades. Medical Exercise Specialists (MES) will also see the types of clients they manage expand greatly. To manage this wide range of client, medical exercise professionals (MedXPROs) will need a logical thought process to develop safe and effective medical exercise programming. The Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) developed this 6 Point MET Client Management system more than 20 years ago and it is taught to every METI Medical Exercise Specialist, Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist and Medical Exercise Program Director. This medical exercise "critical thinking" model should be used when providing all medical exercise services.

 The 6 Point MET Client Management System includes the following:

  1. Understand the related clinical anatomy/pathology of the client's condition. Anatomy and pathology are the basis of every aspect of health care regardless of the practitioner delivering it. This begins...
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METI Certification Renewal Update

 

Hello everyone. I hope this feeds you safe and healthy. Covid 19 has certainly changed our world. I know it's had a huge impact on our medical exercise professionals. I know many of you have MET and post rehab certifications which are about to expire or have expired. We realize many of your are limited in your abiity to see clients you can see as well as access to PT and rehab facilities to perform observation hours. Follow the link below to renew your certification:

 

Click Here for Certification Renewal

 

With that in mind we have made some modifications to our renewal policy. We hope this makes it easier to renew and maintain your certifications. The changes include:

1. Only 5 hours of observation hours and your MET/post rehab related course work is required to renew;

2. Regardless as to when your certificate expired, you will only pay the $50 renewal fee. The reinstatement fee is waived until further notice. 

3. If you are unable to complete observation hours...

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Medical Exercise and Post Rehab - The Real Deal

 

Hello everyone!! I hope this blog post finds you and yours safe and healthy. Covid - 19 has certainly turned our lives upside down. We are now seeing and will see even greater shifts in both the healthcare industry and fitness industry. The shutdown of health clubs and the restrictions with hospital elective surgeries has major implications for revenue and the future of these two industries.

 

The shift in the fitness industry is toward medical exercise and post rehab fitness. This is great for fitness professionals. But we must be careful. We are seeing a proliferation of post rehab certification programs. This is good as a means of giving access to more fitness professionals to obtain the necessary training to work with chronic medical conditions. But there is also concern with the marketing of these certifications. Many ads for these certification programs are using terms which should not be part of the language of medical exercise or post rehab professionals. These terms...

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Medical Exercise Specialist Study Group is BACK!!

 

Hello everyone and welcome back. We've survived this first round of COVID and we are back with the MES Study Group (MESSG). The MESSG starts the evening of June 30th at 9pm ET/6pm PT. To register go to www.messtudygroup.com

 

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"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

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Medical Exercise Client Management System - Part 7

 
This is a quick review and overview of the MET Client Management System. The phases in the client management system include: 1) initial contact/session; 2) assessment; 3) post-assessment; 4) schedule sessions; 5) training session; and 6) the progress report.
 
The MET management keys include: 1) understanding the related anatomy/pathology of the client's condition; 2) identifying red flags; 3) identify functional deficits and the related functional outcome measures to use to determine client progress; 4) short and long term goals and 5) finally document and report outcomes.
 
This is a brief review of the MET Client Management System. Look at your practice and envision implementing these components into your practice.
 
Also, we encourage our Medical Exercise Specialists to move beyond a business to developing a practice. A practice is far stronger than a business. It requires marketing but less than a business. The business is always looking for new...
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