I’ve always felt that pain was some mysterious and nebulous concept that only healthcare providers have access to knowledge of. This is a shame because pain is an enormously common issue that coaches and personal trainers are facing on a daily basis. Before becoming a physical therapist I worked as a coach and trainer and was really confused about this topic. A big chunk of people I was working with had some sort of chronic pain issue they were dealing with. What can I do with this painful athlete? Can we still exercise? If they feel pain should they stop? Am I causing more damage?
It was honestly one of the reasons why I ended up going to physical therapy school. Now that I’ve been working to get painful athletes out of pain for years it’s all become a bit more simple. So, I get it. Your job as a coach is NOT to treat athletes and get them out of pain.
However, you need to understand several concepts in order to allow athletes to continue working towards their goals and not make them worse in the process. Check out this video below to see what I’m talking about:
If you enjoyed this short clip then I wanted to let you know it’s part of a much longer webinar series included with subscription into my Fitness Pain Free Insiders Online Mentoring Program:
I created this series because coaches and personal trainers everywhere are working with athletes in pain every day of the week. This series will tell you exactly what to do (and what not to do) with these athletes so they can continue working towards their goals and prevent injuries in the long haul.
Pain keeps me in business,
Dan Pope DPT, OCS, CSCS, CF L1
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