Medical Exercise Training is All About Function - MET 101 Ebook Tip 3


In the third installment of the MET 101 ebook series, Dr. Mike brings to light an essential aspect of Medical Exercise Training (MET) - its focus on function. This video is a crucial watch for professionals in the medical exercise field, offering deep insights into the evolving landscape of healthcare and the role of MET in enhancing functional recovery.

Understanding the Focus on Function in MET

Addressing Residual Functional Deficits: With insurance carriers reducing the number of physical therapy sessions, many clients are discharged before reaching optimal functional levels. MET steps in to manage these residual functional deficits.

The Function Wheel: Dr. Mike introduces the 'function wheel,' which encompasses nine key components of function, including range of motion, flexibility, strength, coordination, power, joint stability, endurance, proprioception, balance, and cognitive capabilities.


Impact of MET on Various Conditions: The video highlights how exercise can...

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Role of Medical Exercise Training in Healthcare - MET 101 Tip 2


In the second tip of the Medical Exercise Training 101 e-book series, Dr. Mike, a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience, addresses a crucial aspect of Medical Exercise Training (MET) – its understanding and utilization by physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors.

Key Insights from MET 101 Tip 2:

  1. Understanding of MET by Healthcare Providers: Dr. Mike points out that most physicians may not fully understand the specifics of physical therapy or how to prescribe exercise effectively. This gap is attributed to the lack of exercise prescription education in standard medical school curricula. However, it is incumbent on the medical exercise professional to acknowledge to healthcare providers they are not physical therapists nor provide any aspect of therapy or medical services. MET is about utilizing exercise once therapy services have concluded or in conjunction.
  2. Roles in Healthcare: The video delineates the distinct roles of physicians, physical...
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Can You Define Medical Exercise Training.....MET 101 Tip 1


Discover the Essence of Medical Exercise Training with MET 101 Ebook - Tip 1

In the first tip of the MET 101 Ebook series, Dr. Mike delves into the core concept of Medical Exercise Training (MET). This insightful video is a must-watch for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of MET and its distinct role in the health and fitness industry.


Key Takeaways from MET 101 Tip 1:

  • Defining MET: MET is distinctly different from personal training, physical therapy, or any healthcare treatment. It focuses on developing safe and effective exercise programs for clients with medical conditions.
  • Components of MET: The approach includes strength training, flexibility training, cardiovascular training, aquatic training, balance training, functional conditioning, lifestyle education, and MET assessments.
  • Functional Outcome Measures (FOMs): MET utilizes FOMs like blood pressure, blood glucose values, range of motion, muscle strength testing, and cholesterol levels to gauge the...
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Medical Exercise Case Study....Can You Manage This Client?


Case Study Friday

Medical exercise training is managing medical conditions using ONLY exercise. It's not just giving a client with a medical condition(s) an exercise program. As a medical exercise and medical fitness professional are you simply giving the client exercise or are you developing, managing, assessing, and progressing the client based on your assessment? Medical exercise training management is about the client intake, assessment, forms, exercise program, progression, reassessment, documentation, and communication. 


Our case study client is Mrs. Jacobs. She is 79 y.o. and underwent a left hip replacement via anterior approach 4 months ago. She can use a walker independently and climb stairs independently. She has a history of knee arthroscopy, hypertension, high cholesterol, and congestive heart failure. She becomes SOB after 20 minutes of standing due to fatigue. She has follow-up appointments with an orthopedist in 10 days and her cardiologist at the...

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Reason 6 - Why Do We Need Medical Exercise Program Directors?


The Future of Medical Exercise Training: Understanding Insurance Reimbursement

As we stride into the next two decades, the landscape of medical exercise training (MET) is poised for remarkable growth, and a key driver of this expansion will be insurance reimbursement. This evolving trend is not just a prediction but a reality we're witnessing today. More and more clients are receiving insurance coverage for MET services, through private insurance, or even via health savings accounts. This shift is monumental, signaling a new era where MET is increasingly recognized and valued within the health, wellness, and insurance sectors.

But with great opportunity comes great responsibility. Navigating the complexities of insurance reimbursement requires not just knowledge, but a deep understanding of the procedures, ethical standards, and legalities involved. This is where our Medical Exercise Program Director (MEPD) Training Series steps in as a game-changer.


Why MEPD Training...

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Reason 5 - Why We Need Medical Exercise Program Directors?


"Medical Exercise Program Directors: Pioneering Evidence-Based Training in Medical Exercise"

Embracing Evidence-Based Practice in Medical Exercise

The concept of 'evidence-based' practice has become fundamental in healthcare, and now it's reshaping the world of medical exercise. This approach emphasizes the importance of backing up medical procedures, exercises, or treatments with valid research to ensure they produce positive outcomes for patients.

The Role of Medical Exercise Specialists

As Medical Exercise Specialists, it's our responsibility to contribute to this evidence-based landscape. We must move beyond subjective assessments like improved feelings or increased energy. Our focus should shift towards producing our own research, which will serve as the cornerstone for medical exercise guidelines, protocols, and the future of our profession.

Medical Exercise Program Director Training Series

The Medical Exercise Program Director Training series is designed to equip professionals...

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Reason 4 - Why Do We Need Medical Exercise Program Directors?!


Celebrating 25 Years of Medical Exercise Program Directors

In 1994, the Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) introduced the groundbreaking concept of the Medical Exercise Specialist. Fast forward to 2023, and the landscape of fitness and healthcare has transformed dramatically. Medical Exercise Training (MET) isn't just a fleeting trend; it's a crucial, growing field in health and wellness management.


Why Medical Exercise Training is More Than Just Fitness

Medical exercise training has carved out its niche, distinct from traditional personal training. It's a field that demands precision, a deeper understanding of medical conditions, and a comprehensive approach to exercise as a functional restorative tool. MET isn't just about physical fitness; it's about contributing to the health and wellness of individuals with specific medical needs.


The Role of the Medical Exercise Program Director (MEPD)

Navigating the complexities of MET requires a specialized skill...

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Reason 3 - Why Do We Need Medical Exercise Program Directors?!


Embrace the Future of Healthcare and Wellness with the Medical Exercise Program Director Training

The Intersection of Healthcare and Fitness

In today's rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, the integration of exercise into medical management plans is becoming increasingly important. The Medical Exercise Program Director (MEPD) Training Series offers a unique opportunity for medical exercise professionals to step into a pioneering role at this intersection.

Why Become a Medical Exercise Program Director?

Being a Medical Exercise Program Director is not just about understanding exercise science; it's about becoming a vital liaison in the healthcare system. This role involves bridging the gap between medical management and fitness programs, ensuring that exercise regimens are not only safe but also effective for various medical conditions. As the Program Director you communicate directly with the medical community to ensure safety and positive outcomes. 


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Reason 2......Why We Need Medical Exercise Program Directors


Attention Medical Exercise Professionals! The Baby Boomer generation is rapidly becoming your most essential client group. Why? Because they're the largest consumer of healthcare services globally. As medical experts increasingly recognize exercise as key in managing chronic conditions, the demand for skilled Medical Exercise Program Directors (MEPDs) is soaring, especially because of Baby Boomers.


Target Market Insight: Baby Boomers need specialized exercise programs for conditions like hip/knee replacements, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and neurological conditions such as stroke, MS, and Parkinson's. They also require exercise routines to maintain functionality in osteoarthritis.


The Role of MEPDs: Every Medical Exercise Training (MET) or post-rehab facility needs a competent MEPD for not just survival but growth. MEPDs play a crucial role in developing, managing, marketing, and administering MET programs, acting as a bridge to medical referral sources.

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