Specialist In Exercise Therapy – SET


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A powerful course from International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), USA. The course helps you specialise in medical rehabilitation through Exercise and position yourself as a Fitness Therapist – a fitness professional who can help clients with medical and physical conditions to transition to normalcy.

SET is recommended for personal trainers with a good certification and adequate experience. The course will help personal trainers to add to their income generating skill sets. Practical, easy to understand. Is very well supported by post-enrolment academic guidance and mentoring by both ISSA and Gāyo Fitness Academy, at no additional cost.

Part 1: Fundamentals of Exercise Therapy

  • Evolution of Adaptive Physical Education for Adults with Disabilities
  • Changing Attitudes Towards Disabled Persons
  • Role of Exercise for the Disabled
  • Proper Exercise Is Therapeutic
  • Designed for Action
  • Fitness as Medicine
  • Use It or Lose It
  • Exercise and Disease
  • Benefits of Exercise Therapy Programs
  • Designing an Exercise Therapy Program
  • Exercise Participation Flowchart
  • Fundamental Terminology for Fitness Technician
  • Proper Body Mechanics for the Instructor
  • Effective Teaching Considerations
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Anatomy for the Exercise Therapy Educator
  • Exercise Therapy Kinesiology
  • How Muscles Work Together
  • Doing It Right
  • Facts and Myths about Exercise
  • Risks vs. Benefits
  • Beyond the Core
  • Exercises to Avoid
  • Therapy Exercise Considerations

Part 2: Exercise Therapy for Chronic Conditions

  • Exercise Is for Everyone
  • Common Physical Health Problems Seen Among Older Adults
  • Thoughts to Share with Clients
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident
  • Epilepsy
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia Syndrome
  • Neck Problems
  • Low Back Problems
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Hip Problems
  • Knee Problems
  • Ankle Problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Amputations
  • Auditory Disorders
  • Visual Impairments
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy

Part 3: Adaptive Programming

  • Transfers and Ambulation Aids
  • Progressive Mobilization
  • Ambulation Aids
  • Gait Training
  • Water Exercise for Special Population
  • Fitness Aquatics: Hydrogymnastics
  • Assessment of Aquatic Skills
  • Balance Progressions
  • Perceptual Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Tasks
  • Cardiovascular Exercises
  • Karvonen’s Formulas
  • How to Take a Pulse
  • Determining Target Heart Rate
  • Flexibility
  • Range of Motion
  • Programming for Flexibility
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises
  • Active Range of Motion Worksheet
  • General Progressive Resistance Guidelines
  • Strength Training
  • Terminology
  • General Guidelines for Adaptive Weight Training
  • Sample Strength Training Program and Exercises
  • Assessment of Posture
  • Procedures for Spinal Screening
  • Posture Exercises

Part 4: Exercise Therapy Support Materials

Course Duration

Both the Course Quiz (preliminary) and the Home Study Final Examinations must be submitted to ISSA within FOUR months from the date of enrolment / date of receipt of study materials whichever is later. Student will study from home and write the examinations from home. Exams may be submitted online through http://www.issatrainer.com or offline through typed / hand-written answer sheets.

Learning Resources

– ISSA provides original text book / study material. Cost of material is included in the fee.

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