Personal Training: Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice: There is a highly specific scope of appropriate practice for each
level of personal training education. Those who do not possess higher education levels
and specific medical degrees and qualifications will want to be especially careful to
adhere to the limitations of their chosen career. Any deviance from these rules without
proper certification or licensing can open the trainer to criminal and financial liability for
any damage that comes from the deviation.

Personal trainers do not diagnose injury, disease or dysfunction.
* if there is a condition suspected a personal trainer must refer the client to the
appropriate professionals.
Personal trainers do not prescribe specific meal plans, supplementation or diet plans.
*If meal plans are desired a personal trainer can design a general plan based on
the MyPyramid Food Guidelines system or refer client to Nutrition Consultant or
Registered Dietitian for further information.

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