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1 Chapter 12: Fitness- and Health-related Careers in Physical Education and Sport
What are the responsibilities of a fitness or exercise specialist? What are the opportunities available for someone pursuing a therapy-related career? How does one increase their marketability for fitness-, health-, and therapy-related careers?

2 Fitness- and Exercise-related Careers
Preventive programs Specialists work with healthy adults to increase their level of fitness. Corporate fitness centers, commercial fitness centers, and community agencies (YMCA/YWCA) Rehabilitative programs Specialists work with individuals who exhibit the effects of coronary heart disease focusing on attaining a functional state of living and an enhanced quality of life. Most often found in hospitals, medical clinics or community agencies affiliated with corporate fitness centers.

3 Comprehensive Wellness Program Components
Fitness development and maintenance Educational efforts Health promotion Lifestyle modification Recreational sport opportunities

4 Program Aspects (Institute of Aerobics Research)
Medical screening Fitness and lifestyle assessment Goal setting Supervised group programs Educational classes Motivation and reinforcement Why should these aspects be included? How could you implement each of these aspects?

5 Exercise Program Specialist Responsibilities
Direct program Train and supervise staff Budget responsibilities Facility management Marketing Evaluation Individual exercise prescriptions Evaluate and counsel on lifestyle Data collection and analysis

6 Worksite Health Programs
46% of all worksites offer programs 38% of small corporations 68% of large corporations Potential to reach over 110 million adults Convenient for employees Offers peer and social support Economic benefits to corporations Reduced injury rates, lower workman’s compensation costs, and reduced health care costs Enhancement of workplace morale, retaining employees

7 Top 10 Worksite Health Promotion Activities
Job hazard/injury prevention Exercise/physical fitness Smoking control Stress management Alcohol/other drugs Back care Nutrition High blood pressure AIDS education Cholesterol screening

8 Program Suggestions Voluntary participation Continuous marketing
Sensitivity to individual differences Frequent evaluation Modeling of healthy behavior by staff Recognition and reward Record-keeping Balance between fun and clinically significant programs Personalize the program

9 Commercial and Community Fitness Programs
IHRSCA Club membership has increased by 51% from 1987 to 1996. In 2000, there were nearly 33 million club members. Growth of community programs Programs for all ages Toddlers and preschool programs have increased. Programs for all abilities For example, The Fitness Clinic for Physically Disabled at San Diego State University The addition of wellness centers have allowed hospitals to take more preventative approach!

10 Personal Trainers Work in private and public settings:
Conducting fitness assessments. Developing specific goals with clients. Designing programs for goal attainment. Coaching clients through workouts. Monitoring progress of goals. New use of the Internet, , and phone to hire personal trainers and report results for convenience.

11 Strength and Conditioning Professionals
“Assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving sport performance.” (NSCA) Competencies necessary in the areas of: Scientific foundations of sport/exercise and nutrition Exercise leadership and program design Techniques of sport psychology to maximize performance Risks of performance-enhancing substances

12 Rehabilitation Programs
Clinical exercise physiologists work mainly in hospitals and clinics. Work closely with physicians to meet the needs of diverse clients. To plan rehabilitation programs, they must be familiar with: Medical aspects of clients disease or condition Limitations faced by clients Drugs commonly used to treat the disease/condition and their effects Psychological aspects of exercise on the clients

13 Career Preparation Education Various certifications offered by:
Undergraduate and graduate education in exercise science, fitness and cardiac rehabilitation, etc. Various certifications offered by: ACSM YMCA AFAA NSCA Practical experience Professional involvement

14 Athletic Training Prevention of Injuries Rehabilitation
Supervision of conditioning programs Advising coaches and athletes Assist with preseason physicals Checking equipment and facilities for safety Rehabilitation Administers therapeutic treatments and monitors progress. Motivate and encourage throughout recovery Record-keeping of injury status and history of injury Certification - NATA

15 Health and Weight-Control Clubs & Spas
Found at resorts, hotels, mineral springs, and cruise ships. Are they only seeking your money? Offer fitness activities, graded exercise tests, instruction in sport activities, exercise classes Diet and nutritional counseling, stress management, massages Growth of commercial diet centers focused on weight reduction.

16 Therapy-Related Careers
Dance therapy (ADTA) Clients have freedom of movement and gains a sense of identity. Encourages individuals to recognize and express their emotions. Used with all segments of the population. Recreational therapy (AAHPERD) Concerned with problems of physically, emotionally, and socially disabled persons and with the elderly. Using the techniques of play, it helps achieve appropriate goals for those in community and institutional settings. Kinesiotherapy (AKA) “…under the direction of a physician, treats the effects of disease, injury, and congenital disorders, through the use of therapeutic exercise and eduucation.”

17 Increasing Professional Marketability
Additional courses in health and related areas Certification ACSM, First Aid/CPR, NATA Build on one’s interests and strengths Develop areas of expertise that interest you. Practical experience Internships, fieldwork, and volunteering Gain diverse experiences in settings and clients.

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