Before beginning a Pilates programme a client should undergo a thorough screening process to identify medical conditions or risk factors that could be increased by physical activity. Information needs to be obtained not only to ensure the programme is safe for the client but also effective, so goals need to be identified. Gathering information is most quickly and easily done by questionnaire. The questionnaires should include several sections: Health questionnaire, Assumption of Risk and Informed Consent.
Updated Health Questionnaires (Par-qs)
Updated versions of the Health Questionnaires (Par-qs) for the general population, pre natal, post natal and breast cancer patients are below. These are GDPR compliant and include an Assumption of Risk. I would ask each client to complete the general Health Questionnaire and then dependent on need, complete a specialist one.
Following on from a call I had with my insurance company (Fitpro) here is an Assumption of Risk form which can be used as a last resort if your client has been given verbal consent from their GP to participate in your classes but they will not give written consent due to legal reasons or they charge for it.
Please note that this is specific to Fitpro insurance policy and please check with your insurer if you are in any doubt as they may have a different requirement. It is always preferable that you have written consent.
As part of building our Pilates business it is important to create links with the other medical professionals in your area. Here is a template letter of introduction for you to use and adapt to suit your business.
At some point in your teaching career a client may injure themselves in your class. This can be an awful experience as you question what you did and the best way to handle the situation. Here is a template of a note you may email or write in a card to them.
Many of us work in health clubs and leaisure centres where we do not see the parq-s or medical questionnaies and where anybody can attend a class. This means that our verbal screening needs to be perfect to highlight any issues. Sometimes though a client can walk in who needs a little more medical clearance before starting the class and pregnant clients definitely ned to answer some specific questions to ensure they are fit and healthy prior to joining the class. Here is a Pre Natal Health Checklist for you to give to them to ensure they are able to join the class and that you are covered by your insurance broker.
Probably the first CV was wriiten by Leonardo Da Vinci over 500 years ago and although many things have changed a well presented CV is essential. An example of a CV specific to a newly qualified Pilates instructor is below for you to download.