Learn The Skills You Need To Safely and Effectively Meet the Needs of the Clients With Arthritis

Learn The Skills You Need To Safely and Effectively Meet the Needs of the Clients With Arthritis

Are you ready to take on clients dealing with arthritis?

Are you aware that 23% of all adults, or more than 54 million people in the U.S. alone deal with arthritis?

Most fitness professionals lack the knowledge to safely and effectively design fitness programs to meet the unique needs of this population.

Are you ready to gain more clients and have a bigger impact on lives by learning to deliver fitness programming for people with arthritis?

The key to working with these clients is understanding that your typical programs likely won’t work for them. They have different needs and this course will teach you what you need to know.

What’s included in this online course:

  • Module 1: Types of Arthritis – Causes, Signs, and Symptoms
  • Module 2: The Six Main Causes 
  • Module 3: Psychological Symptoms
  • Module 4: The Diagnosis
  • Module 5: Epidemiology
  • Module 6: Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Function 
  • Module 7: Understanding Treatment Strategies
  • Module 8: Healing Process of Dysfunction and Pain
  • Module 9: Nutritional Recommendations
  • Module 10: Exercise Progression
  • Module 11: Terminology Library
  • Module 12: Marketing 
  • BONUS Module: Practical Applications and Turnkey Adaptations

Course Prologue with instructor Christine Conti

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More About This Course

This is a 100% online, self-study course. 

Many fitness professionals lack the knowledge to safely and effectively design fitness programs that specifically meet the needs of the arthritic population. Understanding the types of arthritis, symptoms that stem from the disease process, and mastering methods to improve muscle strength, range of motion, and flexibility, is paramount when working with this population.  As the yearly number of people diagnosed with one or more types of arthritis increases, so does the demand for fitness professionals who have the skills and education to deliver quality and individualized fitness programming.

The Arthritis Fitness Specialist online program will provide fitness and medical professionals the knowledge needed to safely and effectively design and implement exercise programs for arthritic populations.  Gain an in-depth understanding of various types, symptoms, and causes of arthritis, as well as how it affects joints and organs in the body. Examine exercises to create safe and effective fitness programs that will improve range of motion, flexibility and strength, to expand the overall health and wellness for your clients. You will improve the overall health and wellness of the arthritis community by becoming an Arthritis Fitness Specialist.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the various types of arthritis and their causes
  • Understand the symptoms of arthritis
  • Analyze epidemiology of arthritis (US vs World)
  • Describe the anatomy, biomechanics and function of common joints affected by arthritis.
  • Understand treatment strategies in the management of arthritis: Mental vs. Physical
  • Examine the healing process when treating dysfunction and pain
  • Recognize the role of nutrition in as it relates to arthritis
  • Demonstrate exercise progression in the treatment of arthritis

Module Overview

  • Module 1: Types of Arthritis – Causes, Signs, and Symptoms
  • Module 2: The Six Main Causes of Arthritis
  • Module 3: Psychological Symptoms
  • Module 4: The Diagnosis
  • Module 5: Epidemiology
  • Module 6: Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Function of Common Joints Affected by Arthritis
  • Module 7: Understanding Treatment Strategies to Manage Arthritis Symptoms
  • Module 8: Overview of the Healing Process of Dysfunction and Pain
  • Module 9: Anti-Inflammatory Nutritional Recommendations
  • Module 10: Exercise Progression in the Treatment of Arthritis
  • Module 11: Exercise Resource Terminology Library
  • Module 12: Marketing for the Arthritis Fitness Specialist
  • Competency Assessment: Arthritis Fitness Specialist
  • Bonus Module! Module 13: Practical Applications and Turnkey Adaptations

Prerequisites and Certificate Information

All of the online courses here on MedFit Classroom which lead to a Certificate of Specialization are considered advanced level education, and are meant to be taken by fitness professionals who have previously acquired education and experience as a professional within the health and fitness industry. In order for one to receive the Certificate of Specialization that is conferred upon those who purchase this Fitness Specialist Course, review all the content, and successfully pass the comprehensive assessment, one must be able to show proof that he or she has the following:

  1. Evidence of a current certification, or vocational credential, from a reputable certifying or credentialing organization, and within the health and fitness industry; OR
  2. Evidence of an associate’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in the field of exercise science, kinesiology, physical education, fitness, or a related field.

Maintaining this Specialization and Continuing Education

The completion of this specialization course, and the passing of its corresponding competency assessment, leads to a Certificate of Specialization. This Certificate of Specialization to work with clients who have arthritis will be considered valid for a period of two years. To keep the certificate current, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education, on relevant subject matter, and formally renew the certificate prior to the date of its expiration. As with many certifications and specializations in our field, professionals should anticipate some costs to continuing education, and renewal of the certificate.

MedFit Classroom CEUs

This Specialist Course provides up to 10 CEUs for other MedFit Classroom Specializations. Download our CEU chart (PDF) to find out what specializations it will provide credit CEUs for.

Other Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for credit by:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) to provide 1.6 CEUs.
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) to provide 15 CEUs.
  • canfitpro to provide 4 CEUs.
  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) to provide 15 CEUs.
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide 1.5 CEUs.

If your certifying body is not listed, you will be provided with a Certificate of Specialization at the end of the course that can be used to petition your certifying body for credit.

About the Course Author

Christine Conti is a mother of two who understands the importance of movement as medicine at the physical and cognitive levels. As a 20-year veteran in the fitness industry, Christine has created fitness programs and educated fitness and medical professionals to implement safe and effective exercise programs for all fitness levels. This former investment banker, secondary teacher, and all-American collegiate athlete has also been battling a severe autoimmune disease for the past decade.  Through proper exercise, nutrition, and mindset practices she has been able to reduce symptoms and decrease dependency on medications.  Her quest for knowledge and passion to help others live more quality lives has led to her vast knowledge base for working with arthritic populations and beyond.

Christine has a B.A. in English Language, Rhetoric, and Composition and a minor in Business and Psychology from Binghamton University, cum laude. Christine received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary English Education from the University of Maryland, summa cum laude. She has been nationally certified varsity coach and group fitness and personal trainer through AFAA/NASM since 2001. Christine has since completed over 30 group and personal training certifications such as: LesMills, Piloxing, Spinning, Yoga, PLYOGA, ZUMBA, Kickboxing, Rev02lution Running, Orange Theory Fitness, and more.  She currently serves as an international fitness presenter and educator for fitness and medical fitness conferences around-the-world.

Christine is the CEO of Conti Fitness & Wellness, an online resource for education and counselling to create positive changes through physical and emotional practices. She is the creator of Let’s FACE It Together™ Facial Fitness and Rehabilitation, an exercise program and certification to help reduce signs of aging, prolong onset of disease, and rehabilitate injuries. Christine believes that knowledge is power, so she created a podcast called, Two Fit Crazies and a Microphone. This platform provides free and unbiased information from top experts about fitness, nutrition, and more! This 2x Ironman with 30+ marathons under her belt, has no plans of slowing down! Yes You Can!