The topic areas covered in this module build upon the knowledge gained in SPOR3480 Introduction to Fitness Testing & SPOR5700 Fitness Training Methods, which covers the fundamental aspects of exercise testing and prescription. Special populations are those groups of individuals that may need some adaptation or modification to an exercise prescription or programme, to take into consideration a limitation, whether that be physiological, biological or psychosocial. The emphasis is on promoting health, fitness and safety in exercise, as well as some consideration being given to performance environments.
A synopsis of indicative topics included in this module are:
Exercise, physical activity and health
Fitness assessment issues related to special population groups
Children and physical activity
Females and exercise issues
Exercise considerations for a sedentary population
Exercise and the older adult
Special exercise considerations and adaptations for special populations
Risks and benefits of exercise for special populations
Psychosocial issues & strategies for exercise/physical activity adherence
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150
Method of assessment
Examination – 2 hours (100%)
ACSM (2018) ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 10th Ed. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
ACSM (2014) ACSM’s Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual. 4th Ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
ACSM (2014) ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 7th Ed. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
See the library reading list for this module (Medway)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Evaluate the role of exercise / physical activity for special population groups.
Explain appropriate adaptation of exercise / physical activity for special population groups.
Recommend appropriate exercise / physical activity for special population groups.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate problem solving: through critical analysis and evaluation
Plan and manage learning: through planning and completing self-directed learning
Transfer learning: through evaluation of case studies and other literature.
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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