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Personal Trainer for Special Populations Certification

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The Personal Trainer of Special Populations Certification course focuses on exercise for individuals that may have certain cardiovascular, metabolic or pulmonary diseases, the elderly, wheelchair bound, mentally challenged and more; understanding the limitations for various populations and how to modify exercise to meet their needs.  AFPA Trainer of Special Populations graduates are prepared to design & implement effective exercise programs for a variety of populations that range from youth, senior, pre/post pregnancy, and people with disabilities, chronic diseases and multiple conditions. 

Trainer of Special Populations Certification Course Topics Include, but not limited to:

  • Developing an Exercise Prescription Without an Exercise Test
  • Managing Exercise in Persons With Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents
    • Exercise Testing of Children and Adolescents
    • General Physical Activity Concerns for Children With a Chronic Health Condition or Disability
    • Selected Diseases and Disorders of Children and Youth
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
    • Angina and Silent Ischemia
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
    • Valvular Heart Disease
    • Chronic Heart Failure
    • Cardiac Transplant
    • Hypertension
    • Peripheral Arterial Disease
    • Aneurysms
  • Pulmonary Diseases
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    • Chronic Restrictive Pulmonary Disease
    • Asthma
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation
  • Metabolic Diseases
    • Hyperlipidemia
    • End-Stage Metabolic Disease: Renal Failure and Liver Failure
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Frailty
  • Immunological/Hematological Disorders
    • Cancer
    • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
    • Abdominal Organ Transplant (Kidney, Liver, Pancreas)
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Fibromyalgia
    • AnemiaBleeding and Clotting Disorders
  • Orthopedic Diseases and Disabilities
    • Arthritis
    • Lower Back Pain Syndrome
    • Osteoporosis
    • Lower-Limb Amputation
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Stroke and Brain Injury
    • Spinal Cord Disabilities: Paraplegia and Tetraplegia
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Epilepsy
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Polio and Post-Polio Syndrome
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cognitive, Psychological, and Sensory Disorders
    • Intellectual Disabilities
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Mental IllnessStress and Anxiety Disorders
    • Deaf and Hard of HearingVisual Impairment
  • Basics of Fitness Strategies for Teaching Children Fitness
  • Maternal Benefits of Regular Exercise
  • Meeting the Needs of Older Exercisers

Exercise Modifications for Special Populations Included:

  • Core progressions that can be done sitting or against a wall for clients who have difficulty doing traditional exercises
  • Creative exercise options, such as manual resistance for clients who have discomfort in holding weights or grips
  • Exercise modications for developing power & agility to help maintain joint stability and enhance bone integrity
  • Isometric exercises for clients who have discomfort moving or holding certain ranges of motion

Trainer of Special Populations Certification Course Includes:

  • No Travel Is Necessary
  • Study at your own pace
  • Test When You’re Ready – Complete examination anytime within 6 months from enrollment 
  • All Learning Materials Included - 1 Course Textbook and 2 Instructional DVD's
  • Unlimited Student Support – Before, during and after enrollment 
  • No Added Fees - All materials and examination included 
  • Weekly AFPA eNews and AFPA Blog with latest health and fitness trends 
  • SPECIAL BONUS!  AFPA Certified Personal Trainer of Special Populations receive 50% off 1st year membership to MFN.  The Medical Fitness Network is a referral network of Medical fitness and wellness organizations.  A great opportunity to reach thousands of potential clients with disease & conditions that need your help!

Trainer of Special Populations Course Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze and implement exercise management programs for over 30 different chronic diseases, disabilities and dysfunctions.
  • Employ exercise protocols within the realm of personal training for metabolic syndrome, stress and anxiety disorder, multiple chronic conditions, fibromyalgia and the other conditions.
  • Examine and integrate a physicians recommendations into your personal training exercise program for clients.
  • Identify safe, effective, and targeted rehabilitation exercises for sports medicine protocols.
  • Apply rehabilitation techniques for various injuries and different muscle, joint, and bone sports medicine injuries and dysfunctions

Learning Format:

  • Comprehensive manuals, video lessons, and non-proctored exam. Submit exam by mail or email.   

Exam Requirement:  

  • Passing a non-proctored exam with 85% or higher. There is a $75.00 restest fee. 

Completion Time:

  • Self-paced, self-study, complete your course within 6 months or less 
  • After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Personal Trainer of Special Populations” on your certificate.

Requirements for enrollment:
 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma/GED, or international equivalent
  • Valid Personal Trainer Certification or equivalent

 Continuing Education Credits/Units:

  • 16.0 CEC's for AFPA certification renewal

 Recertification Requirements:

  • 16.0 CEC's
  • Proof of CPR

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