Medical Fitness Specialists (MFS)
The MFP is uniquely qualified to work with individuals within the medical-fitness continuum and has received ongoing education and training to work with individuals who have been diagnosed with a medical condition including but not limited to: obesity, diabetes, hypertension, neuromuscular disorders, heart disease, lung disease, orthopedic disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or mental disorders. These individuals may have been recommended by a licensed healthcare professional (i.e. Medical Doctor, Chiropractic Physician, or Physiotherapist) to participate in a structured physical exercise and/or begin behavioral change, like dietary modification and mental health processes. This includes individuals who have a specific health or fitness goal and have taken it upon their own merit to begin an exercise or behavior change program.
The goal of working with a Medical Fitness Specialist is to responsibly direct the individual in a specific process that leads to improvements in overall health and wellness based on the medical history and goals of that individual. They understand how to make modifications, monitor, and create progressive programs.
A Medical Fitness Specialist has been trained to take a thorough history, keep accurate records, and to work within the scope of their respective training. Additionally, an MFS has been trained to recognize that when an individual – either one who expresses an interest in or is currently participating in physical exercise and/or a behavioral change (e.g. dietary and mental health) program – has the possibility of an undiagnosed condition or exacerbation of a current medical issue, they make the necessary referral to a licensed healthcare provider.
The Medical Fitness Specialist is also able to communicate with and educate the individual about the medical-fitness continuum as it relates to their unique medical circumstance and needs. To ensure coordination of care, the MFS is trained to competently communicate (both written, verbal, and/or electronic) with allied health professionals.