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Senior Fitness is a 323 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Senior Fitness Certification. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you’re receiving the most up-to-date information available.
Table of Contents
It’s Never Too Late to Make a Client Feel Great!
Making Your Client Fit for Life
Age Related Changes
Excercise, the Anti-Aging Solution
Causes of Premature Aging
Getting Old Does Not Equal Becoming Disabled
Biomarkers of Aging
“Normal” Effects of Aging
Theories of Aging
Men’s and Women’s Health Issues
Physiology of Aging
Facts and Myths of Fitness
Exercises Older Adults Should Avoid
Exercises to Eliminate
Special Precautions to Be Aware of with Older Adult Clients
How to Teach Older Adults
Behaviours of Effective Teachers
Getting the Older Adult Started
Fitness and Stress
The importance of Balance
Motivating the Older Adult
Knowledge As a Motivator
A Different Era
Excuses or Barriers to Exercise
Thoughts for consideration
Intensity of Exercise: Target Heart Rate
Using MET Equivalents to Measure Exercise Intensity
Assessment for Cardiovascular Endurance
Assessment for Muscular Strength
Assessment for Muscular Endurance
Assessment for Flexibility
Cardiovascular Fitness and the Older Adult
Frequency of Exercise
Strength Training Guidelines
Goals and Techniques
Phases of a Strength Training Program
Maintaining Flexibility As We Age
Optimal Conditions for Elictiing a Stretch
Contraindications for Performing Stretching
Performance Requirements for Stretching Techniques
Frequency and Intensity
About Floor Exercises
Chronic Conditions I: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
Chronic Conditions II: Neurological and Metabolic
Excercises for the Neurologically Impaired
Chronic Conditions III: Orthopedic
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
Low Back Problems
Sensory Problems in Older Adults
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Business and Marketing Basics
Transfers and Ambulation Aids
Basics of Assisting a Person in a Wheelchair
Assessment of Posture
Procedures for Spinal Screening
About the Author
Dr. Karl Knopf, EdD
Dr. Knopf is the co-author of the ISSA Senior Fitness Certification course and the ISSA Exercise / Fitness Therapy Certification course. He began his teaching career at Foothill College in Los Altos, California in 1976 as the coordinator of Adapted Physical Education. The program has evolved into the largest in California. Dr. Knopf has been instrumental in developing programs for mature adults, persons with arthritis and chronic pain, persons with disabilities, and the developmentally delayed. He has written three books: Water Workouts, Fitness Over Fifty, and his most recent, Senior Fitness for the ISSA. Dr. Knopf has been writing, consulting and speaking professionally throughout his career and is a frequent guest on television and radio talk shows. Since 1986 he has been a consultant with Stanford School of Medicine for older adult research projects and is a recent recipient of the respected NISOD, Excellence in Teaching Award. The ISSA is proud to have Dr. Knopf join our growing staff and lend his expertise in the field of Adaptive Physical Education and Older Adult Fitness.
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Online Study Guide and Workbook
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ISSA Online Certification Exam
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