Asher is confident that the Orthopedic Exercise Specialist certification will be a valuable one for her, as well as other healthcare professionals like her.
According to the ACE, the orthopedic exercise specialist certification provides additional expertise for a variety of health, fitness, and sports medicine professionals including:
She adds that, while many patients do feel better after completing their allotment (by the insurance company) of physical therapy sessions, they are often not yet at 100 percent recovery, these people could benefit from further conditioning from continued work with a qualified trainer or health coach, she says. In Asher's opinion, orthopedic exercise specialists can help fill a very important need in this population.
Since this certification is more of an add-on than a primary degree or certification, there is not much information on what one earns solely practicing as an orthopedic exercise specialist. However, you could project to grow your income by adding clients that you couldn't treat prior to this certification, or adding additional visits for existing clients based on the added, more in-depth knowledge. Therefore, you could consider what your average earnings have been so far as a personal trainer, athletic trainer, physical therapist, etc., and add a percentage on to that based upon the percentage by which you think you could expand your practice and client base by obtaining the orthopedic exercise specialist certification.