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Client-Centered Exercise Prescription

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The Client-Centered Exercise Prescription continuing education course teaches fitness professionals how to develop exercise programs for each of their client’s unique and changing needs. The programming models presented include activity counseling, cardiovascular conditioning, resistance training, weight management, exercise design, and program demonstration and modification, as well as the much-neglected area of assessment and treatment for muscle balance. The program explains the vital role that muscle balance plays in maintaining musculoskeletal health and teaches how to recognize and treat muscle imbalance before it causes serious damage. Reproducible worksheets—ranging from informational forms for clients to checklists and prescription cards for professionals—facilitate the use of the models to make exercise prescription easy and precise.

The step-by-step programming models include information on activity counseling as well as client motivation and address the following issues:

  • Establishing rapport and increasing adherence by prescribing exercise programs that match clients’ desires, needs, and lifestyles
  • Understanding clients’ unique psychological needs and using that information to keep them motivated and on track
  • Integrating principles and strategies for client-centered assessment and prescription that will enable fitness professionals to address and monitor clients’ needs both as they are originally presented and as they evolve over time
  • Detailing the competencies of exercise demonstration, design modification, and follow-up monitoring
  • Applying strategies for treating and preventing overuse injuries so that clients avoid injury and frustration, thereby avoiding withdrawal from the program

The Client-Centered Exercise Prescription course is an outstanding resource for all professionals interested in learning to prescribe exercise for each client’s unique and changing needs. The course clearly presents a unique, personalized approach to prescribing exercise and to helping clients adopt, enjoy, and maintain active lifestyles.

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Course Contents:

Part I: Foundations of Client-Centered Exercise Prescription

Chapter 1. Activity Counseling Model

  • Activity Counseling Model
  • Step 1: Establish Rapport
  • Step 2: Gather Information
  • Step 3: Work With Stages of Change
  • Step 4: Establish Strategies for Change
Chapter 2. Client-Centered Motivation
  • Motivation and Adherence
  • Motivational Strategies
  • Case Studies
Chapter 3. Principles of Client-Centered Assessment and Prescription
  • Client-Centered Assessment
  • Client-Centered Exercise Prescription
  • Prescription Guidelines for Health, Fitness, and Performance
  • Ensuring Balance and Safety
Chapter 4. Client-Centered Assessment
  • Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Body Composition Assessment
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
Chapter 5. Exercise Analysis, Design, and Demonstration
  • Anatomical Analysis of Resistance Exercise
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Resistance Exercise
  • Client-Centered Resistance Exercise Design Model
  • Client-Centered Demonstration Model

Part II: Client-Centered Exercise Prescription

Chapter 6. Client-Centered Cardiovascular Exercise Prescription Model
  • Client-Centered Cardiovascular Exercise Prescription Model
  • Case Studies
Chapter 7. Client-Centered Resistance Training Prescription Model
  • Principles of Client-Centered Resistance Training Prescription
  • Client-Centered Resistance Training Prescription Model
  • Case Studies
Chapter 8. Client-Centered Muscle Balance and Flexibility Prescription Model
  • Client-Centered Flexibility Prescription
  • Client-Centered Muscle Balance Prescription
  • Case Studies
Chapter 9. Client-Centered Weight Management Prescription Model
  • What to Tell Your Clients
  • Unique Role of Exercise in Weight Management
  • Client-Centered Weight Management Prescription Model
  • Case Study

Part III: Design Issues for Injury Recovery and Prevention

Chapter 10. Preventing and Treating Injuries
  • Causes of Soft Tissue Injury
  • Understanding Soft Tissue Injury
  • Treating and Prevention Overuse Injuries
Chapter 11. Exercise Prescription for Specific Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis and Tendinosis
  • Shin Splints
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (Impingement Syndrome)

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