As a physical therapist, I’ll be one of the first people to admit that I truly feel that I have become a better therapist by learning from and collaborating with many great personal trainers and strength coaches. I say that because I fear that there are some physical therapists that do not feel this way. Maybe it is ego, or stubbornness, or maybe even a perceived turf war, but I’m not sure why every therapist doesn’t feel the way I do.
We are all technically in the same field. Sure, I perform physical therapy and you perform personal training. That is our respective “products” that we provide. However, we both provide the same “commodity” to the general public – we help people attain optimal health and function.
In the broad spectrum of care, I see it as helping people “feel better, move better, and perform better.” While I think both physical therapists and personal trainers can help people achieve all three of those goals, there is no doubt in my mind that collaborating will surely provide the best service to our clients.
And isn’t that what it is all really about? Helping our clients?
How to Maximize Collaboration Between Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers
I am totally excited to announce that I have teamed up with Jon Goodman to coauthor an article on how to maximize collaboration between physical therapists and personal trainers. Jon has authored a couple of great books (I recommend all therapists read his book Ignite the Fire to enhance our own skills) and is the creator of The Personal Trainer Development Center (PTDC), which has quickly become a go-to resource on the web.
Jon and I jumped on Skype about a month ago with no agenda and just started chatting. One of the things we discussed was the concept of this article. We took the approach of the two of us writing our own pieces from our own perspective and then putting together.
I think it is a must read for all physical therapists, personal trainers, and strength coaches. Hope you enjoy: