Arthritis Fitness Specialist Online Course
This online course is designed to 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 Author: Christine Conti, M.Ed.
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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.
- 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
Course Delivery and Assessment
This course is delivered through a written course manual, video narrated slide presentations, videos of sample exercises, and sample forms. Comprehension of the material will be measured via a mandatory, multiple-choice item, competency assessment requiring a minimum of 80% correct responses in order to pass.
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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:
- Evidence of a current certification, or vocational credential, from a reputable certifying or credentialing organization, and within the health and fitness industry; OR
- 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; AND
- Evidence of professional liability insurance
This course is approved for credit by:
- Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) to provide 15 CEUs.
- International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) to provide 15 CEUs.
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide 1.5 CEUs.
This course is pending application and approval to provide continuing education from ACE. 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!