Specialist In Seniors Fitness – SSF


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If you have the personality and the liking to train senior citizens or you are a personal trainer wanting to widen the “market”, the SSF is the perfect choice. 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.

Section 1 - Age and Exercise

  • Grow Well, Not old
  • Age is No Excuse for Infirmity
  • Common Biomarkers of aging
  • Gerontology
  • Theories o Aging
  • Life Span/Metabolic Theory
  • Programmed and Metabolic Theories
  • Extrinsic and Error Theories
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Brain
  • Kidneys
  • Body Fat
  • Muscle
  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Personality
  • Gender Issues and Aging
  • Men’s Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Vascular Adaptations to Training
  • Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Cardiovascular Training
  • Benefits Seen in the Cardiovascular System
  • Benefits Seen in the Respiratory System
  • Musculoskeletal System and Exercise
  • Skeletal System
  • Studies on Bone Density in Women
  • Mobility, Flexibility, and Posture
  • Posture
  • Muscular System
  • Sarcopenia
  • Muscle Mass and Strength
  • Benefits Seen in the Skeletal System
  • Benefits Seen in the Muscular System
  • Body Composition
  • Benefits Seen in Body Composition
  • Nervous System
  • Mental Capacity
  • Mental Flexibility
  • Mental Health
  • Benefits Seen in the Brain

Section 2 - Chronic Conditions

  • Overview
  • Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Pulmonary Conditions
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Asthma
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • The Brain
  • Aphasia
  • CVA
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Questions and Answers
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Visual Impairments
  • Summary

Section 3 – Programming

  • Strength Training Guidelines
  • Phases of a Strength Program
  • About Strength Exercises
  • Exercises
  • Frequency and Intensity
  • Safety
  • Progressing
  • Guidelines for Conducting a Safe Program
  • Optimal Conditions for Eliciting a Stretch
  • Active Stretching
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Stretches
  • Programming for Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Ergometers and Activities
  • Borg Scale
  • Intensity of Exercise – Target Heart Rate
  • Safety
  • Progressing
  • Moderate Activities
  • Vigorous Activities
  • Assessments and Considerations
  • Health History Questionnaire
  • Assessments for Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Assessments for Muscular Strength
  • Assessments for Flexibility
  • Controversial Exercises
  • Exercises to Eliminate
  • Special Precautions to be Aware of with Older Adults
  • Facts and Contraindications
  • Common Questions
  • Fads to Avoid
  • Summary

Section 4 – Motivation and Teaching

  • Knowledge as a Motivator
  • A Different Era
  • Socialization
  • Goal Setting
  • Reasons for Resistance to Exercise
  • How to Teach the Older Adult
  • General Principles of Learning
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Visual Domain
  • Auditory Domain
  • Kinesthetic Domain Behaviours of Effective Teachers
  • Professional Conduct of Teachers of Older Adults
  • Teaching Tips for Working with Older Adults
  • Where the Seniors Are
  • What to Do
  • Employer versus Independent Contractor
  • Where is the Greatest Financial Opportunity?
  • The Trainer as a Business Person
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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