If you are currently a Certified Personal Trainer and want to reach more clients that have special needs, consider helping those with MS Multiple Sclerosis!
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates that more than 400,000 people in the United States and about 2.5 million people around the world have MS. About 200 new cases are diagnosed each week in the United States. AFPA and MS Fitness Challenge have developed the MS Fitness & Wellness Specialist course to provide trainers, coaches & health professionals with the necessary guidelines, exercise protocols, lifestyle recommendations and resources to be successful in helping clients with Multiple Sclerosis achieve a healthier lifestyle!
This specialized certification will prepare fitness, health & wellness professionals to work with people who have Multiple Sclerosis and who are looking to control their disease through exercise and nutrition. Also, your certificate of completion will give you the unique privilege of being able to participate in any of the worldwide MS Fitness Challenges, a nationwide program to reach out to those with MS to get into a lifestyle of health & fitness.
Completing this program will also enable you to become a part of the international trainer database which pairs trainers with people that have MS and who are looking for a qualified trainer in their area.
What You Will Learn & Course Objectives:
- Describe basic facts about multiple sclerosis, symptoms and treatments; and how MS affects different body systems.
- Identify MS symptoms that affect movement and activity level.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and impact of physical activity, and nutrition on MS clients’ health and be an advocate for developing a physically active lifestyle.
- Apply the principles and best practices learned by designing, implementing, and evaluating health promoting activities and programs.
- Develop exercise, health and wellness programs based on individual clients limitations and capabilities.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively educate and/or counsel individuals regarding lifestyle modification.
- Describe safety and accessibility issues important to people with MS when exercising.
- Successfully respond in a rational, sensitive, and critical thinking manner about values and ethics in the health and wellness field with MS clients.
- Implement an action plan on how to become involved, and support the MS community locally and/or nationally.
MS Fitness & Wellness Specialist Course Includes:
- 2 Course Textbooks
- Downloadable PDF Files
- Free Online Videos & Resources
- Online Exam
MS Fitness & Wellness Specialist Level & Hours:
- CEC/CEU's: 20 AFPA CEC's
- Intermediate and 30 Hours to complete
MS Fitness & Wellness Speciaiist Qualifications:
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- Personal Trainer Certification or similar
- Passing grade of 85% on 100 question online exam
- Digital credential provided
*AFPA will donate a portion of all MS Fitness and Wellness Specialist certification fees to MSFC.