Expand Your Income Potential: Specialize!
As our population continues to age and medical fitness continues to evolve, health-fitness professionals are likely to see more clients with the primary chronic diseases: heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, cancer, and respiratory or pulmonary disease. To practice ethically and reduce liability exposure, it is important to understand how to properly screen clients with chronic disease and to create safe and effective exercise programs. This Specialist Certificate will help prepare you to work with clients with chronic disease and will diversify and deepen your knowledge base, giving you the ability to attract and effectively train this growing population.
To help you promote your specialized skills once you compleate this certificate program and find new clients, we have included a one year free membership in the Medical Fitness Network. The Medical Fitness Network (MFN) is a free online resource directory for consumers to locate fitness & allied healthcare professionals interested in working with those with chronic disease/medical conditions, including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Mental Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Pre & Postnatal Care, Respiratory Disease and Stroke. In the course material you will be provided a code to sign up for your free membership.
Education Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites Recommended: Approved (accredited) Health/Fitness Certification or Licensure, or related Higher Education Degree in related field. This course would also be valuable to those studying for certification or licensure.
Target Audience: Health-Fitness Professionals, Allied Health Professionals
Course 1: Health Appraisal and Risk Assessment (3 Hours)
Health Appraisal and Risk Assessment set the stage for legal responsibility to your client and enable you to limit liability exposure as a health-fitness professional. Understanding this process and using it correctly aligned with industry standards will help you properly screen your client for potential risk. This course teaches you how to navigate through the process dictated by the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines. It includes several printable assessment forms and covers many important topics that all health-fitness instructors must understand to practice within industry standards.
Course 2: Healthy Heart for a Healthy Life (3 Hours)
Heart disease and its complications is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women. Exercise plays an important role in prevention and treatment of heart disease. This course explores risk reduction, prevention, and management of heart disease through lifestyle changes and exercise. Learn how to safely and effectively lead your clients to a healthier heart and a healthier life.
Course 3: Exercise, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome (3 Hours)
According to the American Heart Association, over 47 million Americans have metabolic syndrome. That is approximately one out of every six people. Every health-fitness professional will encounter diabetic clients. This course will help prepare you to effectively work with these clients on many levels. Scenarios are included to help you prepare for inevitable diabetic incidents with clients.
Course 4: Respiratory Rescue: Understanding the Pulmonary Dysfunctional Client (3 Hours)
Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2011, according to the CDC. Also, the number of people with asthma continues to grow. Learn guidelines for working with pulmonary dysfunctional clients, breathing exercises, and how to help overcome the fear that accompanies an increased demand on the respiratory system. Learn how to effectively help these clients improve function and quality of life.
Course 5: Essential Exercise for Cancer Patients & Survivors (2 Hours)
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. It is a very serious diagnosis with a multifaceted approach starting from identification all the way through treatment. Cancer patients are now encouraged to exercise during and after treatment. This course includes important information for health-fitness professionals about cancer and exercise guidelines. Videos guide you through a simple exercise progression for clients with cancer or who are cancer survivors. In the search for a cure, physical activity proves a valuable tool in prevention, treatment, and a progressive return to daily living activities. Learn how to embrace this client base and provide safe and effective programming options.
* Please see individual course product pages to see Course Objectives.
Continuing Education credit is included in the price of this specialist certificate program. Successful completion of all 5 courses and course quizzes is required to receive continuing education for each course and to be awarded the Specialist Training Certificate of completion.