The Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing conducts a certificate level course for fitness leaders and health professionals (Exercise and the Older Person) within the structure of the TAFE Regency College: School of Sport and Recreation Studies.
The duration of the course covers 4 hours in a workshop setting, learning mediums used for this course are online training and the workshop session.
The course will enable participants to practically apply principles learnt in fitness leadership to the instruction of older person programs. Participants will be trained to conduct safe and suitable fitness programs to cater for the range of diverse needs amongst older persons. This course, in association with the fitness leadership core course, will qualify participants to register as an accredited instructor.
Participants wishing to advance to the Fitness Leader certificate level will be required to have completed a fitness leadership "core course" or equivalent.
Participants may nominate to undertake this course on an Attendance only basis without proceeding to the Fitness Leader certificate level. Attendance only certificate participants are not required to complete the written examination, observations, field placement or practical assessment.
Who should attend
Fitness leaders, exercise and sport scientists, nurses, nurse aides, allied health professionals and others merely interested in understanding more about exercise and its effect upon older persons. The course will primarily focus on the conduct of "older person" fitness classes and the incorporation of exercise into a program specifically aimed at older persons.
The Centre for Physical Activity 207-255 Hampstead Road Northfield SA 5085
Fitness leaders, exercise and sport scientists, nurses, nurse aides, allied health professionals, others interested in understanding exercise effect on older persons
The course is presented by exercise physiologists, fitness leaders, geriatricians, physiotherapists and other health professionals specialising in the provision of programs and/or care of older persons.
The learning mediums used for this course are face to face training, online, workshop and seminar. the target audience for this course is for professional groups. Please contact the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing for enrolment enquires and course scheduling.
Summary of content
structural and functional changes with advancing age
the needs of older exercisers
medical considerations and appropriate clearance for exercise
fitness testing for older persons
fitness programming options
general exercise prescription
stretching and mobility/conditioning (strengthening)
mode of exercise
use of music in older person classes
medication usage and exercise amongst older persons
common movement and balance disorders in the older person
assessment - written examination
The examination contains written short answer questions. The "open book" style examination is intended to encourage participants to continue the learning process through questions designed to provoke thought and further consideration. Participants are required to score at least 60% in the written examination.
Observation of best practice (classes conducted by qualified older person instructors totalling 10 hours) is to be undertaken in various industry settings. The observation record sheet must be completed before the practical assessment can be undertaken.
In conjunction with industry, the on-the-job training component will comprise 10 hours of practical teaching consisting initially of segments of a class and progressively the entire older person class. On-the-job training should (where possible) be conducted with a qualified instructor. The field placement record sheet must be completed before the practical assessment can be undertaken.
The practical assessment is based on the successful conduct of an older person exercise class in an on-the-job setting. This assessment will take place on the successful completion of the written examination, observations and field placement. An approved assessor will conduct the practical assessment.
All presentations associated with this course will be conducted at the CPAA, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, 207-255 Hampstead Road, Northfield.
The course fee includes all lecturing, written material and practical assessment fees (if undertaken within 6 months of completing the course).
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