What is exercise referral?

Exercise referral literally means when a medical professional, like a GP, refers a patient to a fitness programme. Although many GP’s will advise that you do exercise, a referral is a formal arrangement between the medical professional and the exercise programme, or instructor.

A typical exercise referral programme would consist of a 12 week programme, supervised by a fitness professional in a leisure centre normally ran by the local authority. The programme will be tailored to the needs of the individual with the main aim being to improve their health, possibly as part of healing an injury or illness.

The most common patients for referral are those suffering from:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions like Osteoarthritis, arthritis or long-term back pain
  • Cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure
  • Psychological issues like depression and stress
  • Metabolic conditions like diabetes

Working as a qualified Exercise Referral Instructor is an opportunity to specialise in a niche area of fitness instructing. It offers a varied and rewarding job, working in a great environment with like-minded people and helping people dramatically improve their health.

About the Level 3 Active IQ course

Our Level 3 Diploma takes your through

  • The signs, symptoms and basic pathology of specific stable conditions
  • The implications and effects of specific medications relating to those conditions
  • How to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme, personalised to individual clients needs and lifestyle.
  • Principles of Nutrition to Physical Activity

Our course, gets you qualified and confident to help clients with medical conditions. It is also the pre-requsisite to go onto any specialist level 4 qualification such as Strategies for Managing Low back Pain, Cardiac Rehab and Obesity and Diabetes qualifications.

If you would like more information on becoming an Exercise Referral Instructor, contact Claire for a no obligation chat or visit our course page here (https://www.ybfittraining.com/courses/diploma-in-exercise-referral/)


Find Out About The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

Further Reading

Reasons To Love Working In Fitness

Working in fitness is amazing for so many reasons. It's not just a job; it's a way of life that brings joy and fulfilment. Let me share with you the incredible journey and what I feel are the key reasons to love working in fitness A lot of us begin working in the...

The Top Fitness Trends For 2019

Every year, the worldwide survey of fitness trends is sent to around 30,000 fitness professionals to rank exercise trends for the year ahead. As a result of this survey, check out the top fitness trends that are predicted for 2019. Streaming Workouts Streaming...

Inspiring Fitness Quotes for Fitness Pros!

Welcome to YBFIT Training, where we believe in the power of inspiring fitness quotes to fuel your fitness journey. Even on tough days, these quotes remind us to stay motivated and push towards our fitness goals. Join us as we find strength and inspiration in the words...

5 Reasons To Take Your Workout Outdoors This Summer

With summer in full swing, it seems a shame to be stuck indoors at the moment and as a result for many of us, the gym is becoming less appealing by the day. Want to keep up with that all-important exercise regime and catch some rays at the same time? Why not take your...