Mar 25, 2023
HPE 225 - Fundamentals of Fitness Theory, Programming and Assessment
3 Lecture Hours
This course is designed to provide the theoretical and practical basis to properly select and utilize instrumentation and techniques for physical fitness assessments and exercise prescriptions based on a subject’s tolerance for physical activity. Field tests are practiced, analyzed, discussed, and validated by laboratory experiences. Special emphasis is given on risk factors, injuries, environmental factors, motivation, and their role in the physical conditioning of various populations.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Select appropriate techniques for health appraisal and fitness evaluations.
- Identify specific exercise movements for major muscle groups.
- Identify risk factors requiring consultation with medical professionals prior to participation in physical activity or prior to major increases in physical activity intensities and habits.
- Explain the role of exercise for individuals with stable disease or no disease.
- Design and implement individualized and group exercise programs.
- Apply basic behavioral psychology, group dynamics and/or learning techniques that impact modifying health behaviors.
- Discuss concepts in the prevention, recognition and management of injury associated with physical activity participation.
- Explain physiological changes associated with pregnancy, human development and aging that may require adaptations to exercise prescription.
- The physical fitness and wellness concept
- Cardiovascular endurance assessment
- Principles of cardiovascular exercise prescription
- Body composition assessment
- Principles of nutrition and weight management
- Strength training principles
- Strength and muscular endurance assessment techniques
- Principles for developing flexibility
- Muscular flexibility assessment
- Cardiovascular disease risk management
- Exercise testing and prescription for special populations
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 04/13/2007
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