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Specialist Certificate Program - Barefoot Training Specialist?: Level 1

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Become Barefoot Strong.
The Evidence Based Fitness Academy (EBFA) is an educational institution that is dedicated to changing the way the health and fitness industry look at foot and ankle function, human movement, and barefoot science. The EBFA Barefoot Training Specialist?: Level 1 online eLearning Certificate Program gets you in on the ground floor with the latest research in barefoot science as it relates to restoring foot function, corrective exercise, and athletic performance. Take the first step towards joining the community of in-demand health and fitness professionals from around the world who have a solid understanding of foot function and barefoot science.


Specialist Certificate Program - Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Intervention

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By Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation
Be one of the elite professionals to achieve this unprecedented credential! Start stepping up the professional ladder and positioning yourself for better jobs and higher pay. At this time, there is no cure for fatal Alzheimer's disease and prevention is key to avoiding this 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fitness has been found through research to be instrumental in prevention. As the world population continues to grow and live longer, the issues of accompanying cognitive decline, dementia, and fatal Alzheimer's disease are becoming more prevalent, significantly impacting quality of life, health care systems, and the economy of many countries. This specialist certificate prepares you to provide valuable intervention for clients with the disease, and to help others prevent and delay cognitive decline.


Specialist Certificate Program - Breast Cancer Recovery and Prevention

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Since the 1960's cancer survival rates have improved and progress has been made in treatments, causing a huge population of cancer survivors. The most prevalent form of cancer for females is breast cancer. Many women now survive breast cancer for months, or years, or are cured of the disease for the rest of their life. Treatment for breast cancer can be difficult to recover from physically and mentally. Exercise is an excellent means to breast cancer recovery and prevention.


Specialist Certificate Program - Chronic Disease and Exercise

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Many clients that come to you have one or more of the primary chronic diseases: heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, or diabetes/metabolic syndrome. This certificate program consists of 5 eLearning courses to help you screen and build a strong foundation for working with clients with chronic disease.


Essential Exercises for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. It is a very serious diagnosis with a multifaceted approach starting from identification all the way through treatment. Cancer patients are now encouraged to exercise during and after treatment. This course includes important information for health-fitness professionals about cancer and exercise guidelines. Videos guide you through a simple exercise progression for clients with cancer or who are cancer survivors. In the search for a cure, physical activity proves a valuable tool in prevention, treatment, and a progressive return to daily living activities. Learn how to embrace this client base and provide safe and effective programming options.


Post Polio Water Work: Conserve to Preserve

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By Mary Essert, BA, ATRI, Vickie Ramsey
As a health-fitness professional, you may encounter clients with Post Polio Syndrome. Exercise is important, but can easily cause or accelerate serious problems. It is imperative to understand how to effectively and safely work with these clients without causing harm to occur or symptoms to re-occur. Although this course focuses on water exercise, the information is valuable to land exercise as well. Techniques to increase range of motion, strength, endurance and relaxation are clearly shown. Videos and text emphasize independence and functional fitness as the goal. Learn important guidelines for how to work with clients with Post Polio Syndrome and learn how to help them "Conserve to Preserve" to improve and maintain quality of life.


Application of Water Exercise in Pain Management

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By Maria Sykorova-Pritz, Ed.D
The number of people suffering from chronic pain conditions is growing indicating a need for effective chronic pain management programs. Chronic pain associated health care costs is estimated to be $80 billion each year in the USA alone. People suffering from chronic pain need to be fully educated about the process of managing pain. Knowledge is power for the chronic pain sufferer. With the information and techniques presented in this course, you as a health-fitness professional can increase your client's ability to manage chronic pain.


Exercise, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
According to the American Heart Association, over 47 million Americans have metabolic syndrome. That is approximately one out of every six people. Every health-fitness professional will encounter diabetic clients. This course will help prepare you to effectively work with these clients on many levels. Scenarios are included to help you prepare for inevitable diabetic incidents with clients.


Healthy Heart for a Healthy Life

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
Heart disease and its complications is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women. Exercise plays an important role in prevention and treatment of heart disease. This course explores risk reduction, prevention, and management of heart disease through lifestyle changes and exercise. Learn how to safely and effectively lead your clients to a healthier heart and a healthier life.


Respiratory Rescue: Understanding the Pulmonary Dysfunctional Client

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By Soraya Cates Parr, BS, CPT
Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2011, according to the CDC. Also, the number of people with asthma continues to grow. Learn guidelines for working with pulmonary dysfunctional clients, breathing exercises, and how to help overcome the fear that accompanies an increased demand on the respiratory system. Learn how to effectively help these clients improve function and quality of life.


The Issue of Aging

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By Sandy Stoub, BA, MA
This course provides an important overview of aging through physiological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. With a thorough understanding of the aging body, a health-fitness professional can design effective programs to meet the needs of students. Videos and exercise descriptions are included for chair and standing exercises as well as exercises for in the water. Meet the demands of this growing population with safe and effective exercise options.


A Modern Approach to Exercise During Pregnancy

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By Danielle Noblitt Spangler BS, NASM, Certified Applied Functional Science Gray Institute
The female body is structurally different from the male body both anatomically and in its need for pelvic alignment and health. Working with the female body before, during, and after pregnancy requires a working knowledge of female anatomy in all three stages to prepare, accommodate, and restore a woman's body to alignment and health. This course reviews female anatomy and the anatomy of pregnancy to guide you with pregnant clients. Learn the importance of breathing and posture, guidelines for exercise, contraindications, special considerations, and safe exercises for pregnant clients. Knowledge is key to safety and effectiveness in exercise for your pregnant clients.


Aquatic Fitness Principles for the Larger Adult

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By Aquatic Exercise Association
Obesity has become a world-wide epidemic. Aquatic fitness professionals have an important role in helping to fight and prevent obesity and the water is a safe and effective medium for the overweight client. Explore aquatic exercise as related to the larger adult participant. Special considerations for the obese participant as well as exercise format, and physiological differences are included in this course. Review intensity and safety concerns and see a sample exercise program.


Backsplash: Post Rehabilitation for People with Back Pain

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By Connie Jasinskas M.Sc.
Over 80% of the U.S. population suffers from low back pain at some time in their life, some with chronic low back pain issues. Most low back pain is attributed to muscle imbalance and is relieved and prevented by a properly executed exercise program conducted by a knowledgeable professional. This course shows how vertical aquatic exercise can be used in post-rehabilitation for back pain by aquatic rehabilitation practitioners, as well as aquatic leaders providing individual or group exercise for this population. Videos and pictures give you a clear understanding of the exercises and progressions shown in the course. If you want to get exceptional results with your back pain clients, this course is a must!


Biomechanics of Low Back Pain

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By Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, MPH
Almost 80% of American adults will suffer low back pain at some point. Interestingly, 70-80% of low back pain is associated with musculoskeletal imbalances and improper core activation during everyday movement. Join us as we take a look at the latest research on the biomechanics of low back pain. From the hip to the foot, you will be surprised by how many different imbalances attribute to low back pain. Help your clients get their bodies back in balance and move pain free!


Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and in Water

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By Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, Mary Essert, BA, ATRI
There are over 2 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Due to the ramifications of treatment, exercise is a modality that can be used to facilitate recovery. Numerous studies have demonstrated that exercise can improve quality of life, reduce side effects of treatment, and improve strength and endurance. This course will help health-fitness professionals understand diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care for cancer patients and survivors. Important guidelines and information are provided for safe and effective exercise through course and multimedia content. Embrace this client base with practical exercise options to improve recovery and function.


Children's Aquatic Fitness Programming

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By Aquatic Exercise Association
Childhood obesity and physical inactivity are making it more important than ever for youth fitness programs. This course provides ideas and information on effective aquatic programming for children through creative teaching methods, class formats, leadership styles and more. See videos showing developmental progression with motor skills as children of different ages jump, hop, skip, gallop, and more! Age appropriate formatting recommendations are given to enable you to develop appropriate programs with game and activity ideas included.


Human Movement Matrix: Shoulder

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By Chris Gellert
The shoulder is one of the most vulnerable joints in the body due to its vast range of motion and complexity. This course is developed to assist the health-fitness professional with a deeper understanding of the functional anatomy, mechanics, and assessment of the shoulder. Improve your knowledge and skills gaining a competitive edge by successfully working with clients with shoulder dysfunction within a safe and effective scope of practice.


Introduction to Parkinson's Disease

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By Abdul Qayyum Rana, MD FRCPC, FRCP (HON)
The incidence of Parkinson's disease is seen in all races. Almost 10 million individuals worldwide are affected by Parkinson's disease and the number is increasing as people live longer. Health-fitness professionals who work with the general public and older adults will encounter clients and patients with Parkinson's disease. Understanding the basics of the disease allows professionals to recognize disease progression and be aware of and learn how to manage numerous possible symptoms and related problems, allowing those with PD to live longer with better quality of life.


Aquatic Options 1: Special Populations & Post Rehab Fitness Training

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By Monique Acton, MS, Laurie Denomme, B. Kinesiology, Judi Powers, MS
This course is the first module of a two-part series. Aquatic Options was specifically designed for aquatic fitness professionals, Personal Trainers, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Recreational Therapists, and any professional working with special populations and post rehab individuals in the aquatic environment. This course will review important fitness training guidelines and help you better understand how to integrate progressive aquatic fitness exercises for shoulder, knee and hip orthopedic considerations and low back pain.


Aquatic Options 2: Special Populations & Post Rehab Fitness Training

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By Monique Acton, MS, Laurie Denomme, B. Kinesiology, Judi Powers, MS
This course is the second module in the Aquatic Options series. Aquatic Options was specifically designed for aquatic fitness professionals and any professional working with special populations and post rehab individuals in the aquatic environment. In this course you will learn modifications for participants with specific medical conditions including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, and be introduced to the assessment, evaluation, documentation, and reporting process. Choose appropriate equipment for all of the populations, and be able to design your own safe and effective aquatic fitness programming.


Aquatic Sport, Function and Performance

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By Aquatic Exercise Association
Whether designing aquatic programming for the professional athlete, the "armchair" athlete, or somewhere in between, this course will provide numerous options for improving performance and functional capabilities using creative and carefully developed aquatic exercise. The focus is on formatting for optimum efficiency in relation to a variety of student goals: sports related, recreational activity, or daily function. Participant goals, muscle involvement and equipment interaction are considered, along with movement patterns to improve performance and enhance exercise retention at any level of activity or sport.


Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease

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By Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
At this time, there is no cure for fatal Alzheimer's disease and prevention is key to avoiding this 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fitness has been found through research to be instrumental in prevention. As the world population continues to grow and live longer, the issues of accompanying cognitive decline, dementia, and fatal Alzheimer's disease are becoming more prevalent, significantly impacting quality of life, health care systems, and the economy of many countries. This course provides important information to help you understand cognitive decline and Alzheimer's relevant to anyone working as a health-fitness professional. It focuses on causes, risk factors, diagnosis, care partners, The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention™, and preventive mental exercise.


Older Adults and Aquatic Applications

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By Aquatic Exercise Association
Older Adults comprise the fastest growing segment of the American population and aquatic exercise can help them maintain functional fitness and independent living skills. A thorough review of the physiological aspects of aging in this course will introduce aquatic fitness professionals to important considerations for providing safe and effective programming for the older adult population. This course includes programming and exercise descriptions with videos for three levels of senior aquatic programming to help you reach the needs of ALL older adults!


The Science of Nutrition

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By American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists (AASDN)
The percentage of consumers (your clients) who actively seek information about nutrition and healthful eating has more than doubled from 19% in 2000 to 46% in 2011. It is important for health-fitness professionals to be properly qualified and guided to join the fight against obesity with science-based information and counsel for clients following the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) guidelines. The AASDN creates a fundamental understanding of science-based nutrition concepts in this course. The goal is to allow you to be able to better separate the science-based food and nutrition information from the plethora of misinformation, to properly advise and communicate about nutrition with your clients.


Exercise Prescription for Alzheimer's Prevention and Intervention

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By Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
At this time, there is no cure for fatal Alzheimer's disease and prevention is key to avoiding this 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fitness has been found through research to be instrumental in prevention. As the world population continues to grow and live longer, the issues of accompanying cognitive decline, dementia, and fatal Alzheimer's disease are becoming more prevalent, significantly impacting quality of life, health care systems, and the economy of many countries. This course reviews statistics, definitions, risk factors, and stages of disease progression. The primary focus of this course is evidence-based preventive physical exercise for prevention and intervention. Exercise guidelines and considerations are provided and sample programs are included.


Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates

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By Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, Ann Marie Turo, OT
Cancer is a disease that affects both mind and body. More and more cancer survivors are coming to health-fitness professionals to regain strength, mobility, and endurance. Pilates principles and movements are great for restoring function to Breast Cancer Survivors. You can incorporate these principles for your group fitness and personal training clients without being certified or highly experienced in Pilates. This course provides sound information about breast cancer and its process, along with several exercise video clips to aid you in working with breast cancer clients to help them regain a connection to their body. Use these principles to facilitate your cancer survivors' "return to life."


Choreography for the Aging Population: Land

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By Sandy Stoub, BA, MA
Running out of choreography ideas? Sandy Stoub combines her gerontology knowledge with her rich teaching experience to bring you a complete basic program for older adults. You can use this information to start an older adult class or introduce new ideas to your existing class or personal training. Exercises are performed seated in a chair and standing next to a chair. The choreography for this course is taken from the complete continuing education course called "The Issue of Aging." Please see this course for additional information on programming guidelines for older adults.


Choreography for the Aging Population: Water

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By Sandy Stoub, BA, MA
Running out of choreography ideas? Sandy Stoub combines her gerontology knowledge with her rich teaching experience to bring you a complete basic program for older adults. You can use this information to start an older adult class or introduce new ideas to your existing class or personal training. Exercises are provided for a "Gentle" water workout and an "Active" water workout. The choreography for this course is taken from the complete continuing education course called "The Issue of Aging." Please see this course for additional information on programming guidelines for older adults.


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