Functional Exercise Therapy, formerly known as “Fitness Therapy”, occasionally gets confused with traditional Personal Training. It’s very important for Functional Exercise Therapy to distinguish itself from Personal Training for a few reasons:
- Personal trainers are fitness professionals who work to create exercise programs to reach personal health and wellness goals, however, their work is predominantly with the healthy, abled-body population.
- Few have the experience and/or skills to develop and provide the needed programming for disabled individuals.
- Functional Exercise Therapy are also fitness professionals, however, they focus strictly on working with disabled populations.
To make the transition from being a fitness professional to a Functional Exercise Therapist that works with disabled individuals, prospective Therapists must:
- Have at least a Bachelor’s degree in an exercise science-related field
- Obtain specialized certifications geared towards working directly with the disabled community, such as the CBIS and ATRI certifications (learn more about these by clicking here.)
- Have no less than 250 hours of classroom and hands-on training with disabled individuals.
Read more articles from Functional Therapy Unlimited on the topic of Functional Exercise Therapy vs. Personal Training.
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Fitness Therapy Vs. Personal Training, 2014
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