You know, I heard a great discussion today about scope of practice in regards to being a strength & conditioning or fitness coach. I am not going to get into the specifics of the topic that was being discussed, but it was referring to a physical therapy method. Key word: physical therapy. Nowadays, anyone can watch a Kelly Starrett video and claim to be an expert. Or, just like the cartoon, look the part. But what these people don't know is that Starrett has worked with over 10,000+ athletes over the course of his career as a Physical Therapist and Crossfit coach. He has some skin in the game. He is not some person that works a 9-5 in the factory, watches a few Starrett videos, and then goes on to coach others how to move better. This is scary stuff here.
There is going to be a time in our lives as coaches where we need to refer out. If someone comes to me and asks me how to shoot a better jump shot, I am referring out (Now, if it was how to shoot a double leg takedown, I might help them there!). Or, if someone comes to me looking for some massage work, I am finding the best massage therapist I can find and referring out. We can't be a jack-of-all-trades as coaches. It is good to be educated on a variety of topics, but when it comes down to it, if you specialize in everything then you specialize in nothing.