Over the past few decades, the population of the United States, Canada and other industrialized nations has been sitting more and moving less; consequently, the incidence of many chronic conditions to include type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, orthopedic issues, and metabolic syndrome have dramatically increased.
Unfortunately, the rise in chronic disease has been mostly ignored. Not one sector of healthcare is trying to address it. Not physicians, not public or population health departments, not health or educational institutions.
Fitness can be, should be, and is the frontline of healthcare. By educating fitness professionals in chronic disease management, many conditions may be alleviated in the primary care stage, when they can be reversed. We know exercise and activity can help in primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention, and it can positively affect over 30 chronic conditions. In collaboration with clinicians, fitness professionals trained in program design, management, and chronic
You and Your Clients Will Benefit.
Be on the front line of healthcare by aiding in the management and prevention of chronic disease.
- Position yourself as an essential part of the healthcare and business community.
- Expand your scope of practice to the largest, fastest growing demographic in the United States and Canada.
- Gain credibility and network with other healthcare providers.
- Earn valuable continuing education credits.
- Increase income by expanding service offerings.
By the End of This Course You Will:
Understand the effect of exercise and activity on health and chronic diseases
Know the role of fitness professionals in the healthcare continuum
Recognize the signs and symptoms of common chronic disease
What’s Included in the Clinical Exercise Specialist Course…
Module 1: Scope of Practice
- Health Risks
- Rapport and psychology
Module 2: Assessment and Exercise Programming
- Postural and movement assessments
- Corrective strategies
- Cardiorespiratory assessment
- FITT assessment
Module 3: Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Disease
- Coronary Hear Disease
- COPD and Asthma
Module 4: Exercise and Metabolic Disease
- Body composition, overweight, and obesity
- Metabolic Syndrome
Module 5: Exercise and Orthopedic Dysfunction
- Core, balance, and gait
- Common Shoulder Dysfunctions
- Common Dysfunctions of the Distal Arm
- Common Hip Dysfunctions
- Common Knee Dysfunctions
- Common Dysfunctions of Lower Extremities
Module 6: Exercise, aging, and overuse
- Low back pain
Module 7: Business, Communication, and Privacy
- Business considerations
- Business, communication, and privacy
About the Author:
Dr. Dan Mikeska, DHSc
Dan is a student of his profession, and for over 20 years, he has offered his experience and extensive education to clients who are serious about achieving results.
Dan’s mission is to improve population health and to increase the quality of life by connecting education, medicine, and fitness. This goal can be achieved by providing an educational pathway for fitness professionals who want to become respected members of the healthcare community, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise, and encouraging patients to enlist the services of a qualified fitness professional.
Dan’s philosophy centers on the fact that human movement is a complicated and coordinated effort between your muscles, skeleton, and metabolism, and everyone is different. Knowing how each of the systems of the body work, independently and in concert, is essential in the development of an effective fitness program.
In addition to a doctorate degree in Health Science and a master’s degree in Human Movement, Dan has some of the most sought after certifications from The National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, the Cancer Exercise Training Institute, and the Exercise is Medicine credential from the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dan’s education and vast experience have given him the opportunity to work with notable organizations such as Life with Cancer and 2Unstoppable, as well as teach fitness and wellness classes at Northern Virginia Community College. He is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Cancer Exercise Training Institute, and has been a member of the Industry Advisory Council for American Public University’s Sports and Heath Science program. Additionally, he has published numerous papers on the scope of practice for fitness professional, and the need, yet lack of education for clinical exercise.
He is currently adjunct faculty for A.T. Still University’s masters of Kinesiology program and American Public/Military University’s Sports and Health Science program.