The role of a personal trainer is to not only be knowledgeable about health and fitness, its to design safe workouts that make an impact, too. Having a client experience a health issue during a training session is never good so I have outlined several items that can help prevent injuries and treat unavoidable ones.
First Aid Kit
No matter if your clientele is comprised of stay-at-home moms, seniors, college students, young families or a mix of all demographics, small injuries can happen in any part of your facility. Having a first aid kit readily available filled with bandages, instant ice packs, topical analgesics, gauze and tweezers can handle a wide variety of issues. Ensure you have a plan in place for when items are used, such as filling out an incident report in specific instances and how to monitor the use of items for refilling purposes.
Having dozens of game cones available for safety is a must. Their purpose is two-fold, as they can be used for training sessions, but they can also be utilized to block off sections where a floor may be slippery or construction is taking place. We all know that each day in the gym is different, so having enough cones on hand to run a fitness class while blocking off a section of the facility to prohibit unwanted visitors from entering is certainly worth the investment.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Not only having an AED on site, but ensuring your staff is properly trained to use it is key for any facility. According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year. The Red Cross also states that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it. If your facility is large enough, consider purchasing several units. After all, your members’ lives are priceless and you want your facility to be viewed as a safe place to workout.
Another great tip is to clean and check machines and equipment on a consistent basis whether it is daily, weekly or monthly. You may even schedule a preventative maintenance check with a professional company monthly, quarterly or semi-annually depending on the amount of usage at your facility. You never want to have a gym member notify you that an exercise bike’s pedal malfunctioned mid-cycling class or that one fitness tube broke into two pieces upon use.