Webinar: Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations: Strategies to Avoid Crossing Over the Line into the “Legal” Scope of Practice


Exercise professionals know that diagnosing and treating a medical condition is not with their “professional” scope of practice. Rather, diagnosis and treatment reflect the “legal” scope of practice of licensed healthcare providers as specified in state licensing statutes. Exercise professionals, who work with clinical populations, also know that exercise prescriptions are designed to prevent further progression of a disease and are effective in the treatment of a disease. However, it is essential that the exercise professional’s conduct does not convey “treatment” of a disease. Such conduct may violate state licensing statutes and can lead to criminal charges.

This presentation will focus on specific strategies (e.g., communication strategies with current/prospective clients and healthcare providers) that exercise professionals can implement to help ensure they are not crossing over into a licensed practice when designing/delivering exercise prescriptions for clinical populations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Distinguish between “professional” and “legal” scope of practice.
  2. Describe conduct that might reflect crossing over the line into the practice of a licensed healthcare provider.
  3. Develop and implement effective strategies that will help exercise professionals stay within their “professional” scope of practice when designing/delivering exercise prescriptions for clinical populations.

Speaker: JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek – President of Fitness Law Academy, LLC and Professor Emeritus at University of South Florida-Tampa