Bridging the Gap between Personal Training and Physical Therapy

by Jenna Werking, CSCS, CSPS
Personal Training Quarterly April 2019
Vol 1, Issue 6


The purpose of this article is to define the roles of personal trainers and physical therapists and to learn how their combined expertise can influence long-term physical health improvements for their clients.

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Jenna Werking holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, is a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA), and is currently an instructor in th ...

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