Arthritis Fitness Specialist

Online Course
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$599
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$539
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Description

Per the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

  • In the United States, 23% of all adults—over 54 million people—have arthritis.
  • About 24 million adults are limited in their activities from arthritis, and 8 million working-age adults report that their ability to work is limited because of their arthritis.
  • Arthritis is a leading cause of work disability, with annual costs for medical care and lost earnings of $303.5 billion.

Arthritis can be a barrier to physical activity, which may result in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, or functional limitations. As a fitness professional, you can improve the overall health and wellness of the arthritis community by becoming an Arthritis Fitness Specialist.

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. This course also includes a module on marketing your services as an Arthritis Fitness Specialist.

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.

You will improve the overall health and wellness of the arthritis community by becoming an Arthritis Fitness Specialist.


Available Course Credits

ACE
1.60
AFAA
15.00
canfitpro
4.00
ISSA
15.00
NASM
1.50
NCCPT
16.00

Learning 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

Course Procedure

  1. Enroll in the course.
  2. View the course content.
  3. Take the test. (You must score 80% to pass. If you do not pass, you may retake the test.)
  4. Print your certificate of completion.

Course Content

Welcome to the Arthritis Fitness Specialist Course
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Module 1: Types of Arthritis – Causes, Signs, and Symptoms
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Module 2: The Six Main Causes of Arthritis
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Module 3: Psychological Symptoms
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Module 4: The Diagnosis
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Module 5: Epidemiology
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Module 6: Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Function of Common Joints Affected by Arthritis
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Module 7: Understanding Treatment Strategies to Manage Arthritis Symptoms
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Module 8: Overview of the Healing Process of Dysfunction and Pain
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Module 9: Anti-Inflammatory Nutritional Recommendations
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Module 10: Exercise Progression in the Treatment of Arthritis
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Module 11: Exercise Resource Terminology Library
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Module 12: Marketing for the Arthritis Fitness Specialist
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BONUS Module 13: Practical Applications and Turnkey Adaptations
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Epilogue: Arthritis Fitness Specialist Course – What Should I Do Next?
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Appendix: Arthritis Fitness Specialist Resources
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Christine Conti

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: Les Mills, 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!

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