The Importance of a Medical Risk Assessment in Physical Skills Training

Physical skills training encompasses a wide and varied range of activities, from fitness and sports to vocational and recreational pursuits and while these activities offer numerous benefits, they also carry inherent risks to the participants health, safety and wellbeing.

This is why conducting a comprehensive medical risk assessment before an individual engages in physical skills training is of paramount importance.

Not only does it safeguard the well-being of the participants, but it also holds significant legal implications for all parties – trainers, senior personnel and the CEO/Managing Director responsible for booking or ultimately agreeing to the training activity.

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The Importance of a Medical Risk Assessment

A medical risk assessment is a systematic evaluation of an individual’s physical condition, medical history and any pre-existing condition which may have an impact or affect on the individual’s ability to participate safely in physical skills training.

The process of a medical risk assessment ensures that participants are well informed about the potential risks and allows trainers to tailor their instructions to meet the individual’s needs.

For example:

  • Participant safety – the primary objective of a medical risk assessment is to ensure the participants safety. By identifying medical conditions, allergies or limitations trainers can then modify training routines or exercises to prevent potential injuries.
  • Informed Decision-making – a thorough medical risk assessment empowers individual’s and trainers to make informed decisions about their participation. Any knowledge about the health status will assist participants to gauge whether they are physically ready and prepared for the training or whether they need to consult a healthcare professional before proceeding with the training.
  • Contextualised training – different individual’s have different physical capabilities and limitations. A medical risk assessment allows trainers to design personalised training plans that consider the participants unique needs, therefore minimising the risk of accidents or injuries.

What are some of the Legal Implications?

The legal aspects and responsibilities of physical skills training are multi-faceted involving various parties with different levels and ranges of responsibilities.  For example:

  • Trainers – have a legal duty to provide a safe training environment which includes assessing participants medical risks and tailoring the training accordingly.
  • Senior personnel – within the organisation/company they share the responsibility for ensuring safe training practices. They should oversee that trainers are carrying out thorough medical risk assessments and complying with safety protocols.
  • Organisations – companies and organisations offering physical skills training are ultimately accountable for the well-being of their participants. In place must be established comprehensive safety policies, providing appropriate training to staff and monitoring compliance with legal requirements.

What About the Medical Implications

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) has a significant impact on reporting injuries during training.

It mandates the reporting of certain workplace injuries (diseases and dangerous incidents) to the appropriate authorities.

During the course of their training, if a participant sustains a reportable injury the organisation conducting the training is required to report the incident to the relevant authorises.

This further highlights the need to maintain and keep accurate and up to date records thus ensuring compliance with reporting obligations.

In Summary

A medical risk assessment is a crucial step in ensuring the health, safety and well-being of individuals participating in physical skills training.

It not only prevents potential injuries but also has significant legal implications for the trainers, senior personnel and organisational leads who are providing the training.

By carrying out thorough medical risk assessments and adhering to safety protocols, all parties can contribute to creating a safe, secure and effective training environment.

In cases of injury during training, complying with the reporting regulations demonstrates your commitment to transparency and accountability.

So, Why You Should Consider Training With Us?

A key area of training on our BTEC Instructor Award courses is the need to conduct a an individual medical risk assessment prior to the commencement of training.  This provides for a safe working environment, along with an opportunity to review the individuals needs for any reasonable adjustments prior to the commencement of training.

We also address the need for a venue risk assessment, prior to the commencement of training.  Followed by the duty-of-care and legal requirement to conduct and ensure that everyone understand and adheres and to your instructions following a thorough safety briefing.

BTEC Educational Training Qualifications

Our training is quality assured and will provide you with the legal, medical and duty-of-care comprehension related to supporting and managing whilst maintaining the highest of standards.

If you have a passion and desire to support people and want to formally take your professional knowledge the next level and receive a training qualification to teach others, this course is the only course for you.

You may already be a qualified trainer seeking to upskill your knowledge and understanding by taking one or more of the additional qualifications we offer (see what additional awards you can take further down the page).

Legally Defensible and Medically Reviewed Courses That Support You

Our programmes have undergone a robust medical review and are legally defensible.

Furthermore, following your course with us we remain on-hand to provide you with any support, advise or guidance you may need (as previously discussed).

Read on to learn more about courses taking place during September 2023

BTEC Level 3 Restraint Instructor Award Course

Now, the first course is our BTEC Level 3 Restraint Instructor Award Course, and that’s running between the 4th to 8th of September.

It’s a five-day residential course, and all of your food and accommodation for the full duration of that course is included in your investment.

Therefore you don’t have to pay for any hotels, or any food or meals, or anything else, so it’s a great deal.

The other benefit of this course is you can take additional awards on this course as well.

You can take the following Awards:

  1. The BTEC Level 3 Award in The Delivery of Conflict Management Training;
  2. The BTEC Level 3 Education and Training Award (an entry level teaching qualification).
  3. The BTEC Level 3 Deliverers of Physical Intervention To The private Security Industry Award (if you are looking to deliver physical intervention on the door supervisors license to practice award course;
  4. BTEC Level 3 Handcuff Instructor Award qualification;
  5. BTEC Level 3 Award in Self-Defence Instruction;

All of these Awards require you to do pre-course work, but that means that you can leave the five-day course with a number of BTEC Level 3 Instructor qualifications.

This puts you ahead of your competition.

It also makes you very attractive in the marketplace!

It’s literally a business in a box for you!

Now, if you’re a trainer already, this is a great course for you to get some enhanced qualifications.

But don’t just take my word for it.

Have a look at the testimonials about what people say about our courses and you can then make up your mind for yourself.

You can view the testimonials and reviews here –

If you are an organisation who are currently paying for trainers to come into your organisation to train your staff (a school, an academy, a care home, a healthcare organisation, or security company) why don’t you consider sending one or two of your people onto our trainer’s course so you have your own in-house trainers?

The Benefits To You Of Doing This

The benefits to you of doing this is:

  1. a) It reduces your training costs;
  2. b) You haven’t got to rely on organising dates with an external training provider;
  3. c) It’s much more flexible because you can run training whenever you wish to do so;
  4. d) And all this saves you a lot of money too!

So there’s a number of major benefits in you actually sending people to us to train as trainers who can come back and deliver your own training in-house for you.

And, by the way, if you want to train other people, if you want your trainers to deliver training to other organisations, we have no restrictions on that either.

BTEC Level 3 Self-Defence Instructor Award Course

The other course I want to tell you about is our BTEC Level 3 Self-Defence Instructor Award Course.

This course is taking place during 30th September to 1st October, again, at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

The cost of your course includes overnight accommodation for the first night and all your meals and refreshments whilst you’re there.

And you come away from the course with a BTEC Level 3 Award in Self-Defence Instruction.

So if you’re looking to teach self-defence in your community, or you’re looking to provide breakaway and disengagement training for any type of organisation, schools, healthcare organisations, care agencies, security companies, this is a great course for you.

It’s only two days, and it’s over a weekend, so it’s great, it’s flexible, most people can attend.

Well, that’s all I want to say for now.

What To Do Next

If you’re interested in finding out more, then please click on the links below.

Get in touch with me, drop me an email, give me a call or book a 30-minute meeting.

My direct number is 07800 904551

My email is: [email protected]

To book a 30 Minute Free No Obligation Strategy Call click here –

If we’re busy on calls supporting others, we’ll certainly get back to you!

Thanks ever so much for listening, and, hopefully, we’ll see you on one of the two courses.

The Links To The Courses Are Below

BTEC Level 3 Physical Restraint Instruction Award Course –

BTEC level 3 Self Defence Instructor Award Course –

Alternatively contact me directly on 07800 904551 or fill out a contact us form on this page and we’ll get back to you –