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ACE Therapeutic Exercise Specialty Certification

ADDRESS SPECIAL CONDITIONS WITH EXERCISE

Becoming a Therapeutic Exercise Specialist will help you develop exercise programs for people with a wide variety of special conditions – including the
43 million Americans who live with arthritis and the 4 million women who give birth annually in the United States. Learn to safely and effectively work with people who live with metabolic disease and various musculoskeletal disorders, and how you can use exercise to boost their quality of life.

Price: $399 Add to Cart

*Includes all courses below.

Who is it designed for?

Our Therapeutic Exercise Specialty Certification is designed for fitness professionals and any allied health practitioners who use movement to treat patients living with a variety of special conditions. Personal trainers, group fitness instructors, physical therapists, occupational therapists or athletic trainers can use the knowledge they’ll gain to develop exercise programming for clients or patients with ailments, diseases or disorders that prevent them from falling under normal programming guidelines.

How do I earn one?

To earn a Therapeutic Exercise Specialty Certification, you must review all of the components listed below and take the quizzes associated with the material. Although you may complete courses for any Specialty Certification, ACE will not recognize you as a Specialist unless you also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or an equivalent professional credential. For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here.

After you complete all courses and quizzes, an ACE Specialty Certification and continuing education credits (CECs) will be uploaded into your My ACE account. Specialty Certifications do not expire, and the purchase price includes all materials and fees necessary to become a Specialist.

Have other questions about ACE Specialty Certifications? Check out our list of FAQs.

 

For health and fitness professionals, a Therapeutic Exercise Specialty Certification is equivalent to 2.5 ACE CECs, 25.0 ACSM CECs, 1.9 NASM CEUs or 1.5 NFPT CECs.
Major Cardiovascular Diseases and Disorders

Major Cardiovascular Diseases and Disorders
(Online Content, Online Quiz)

Learn epidemiology and diagnostic criteria to help you identify clients who may have coronary artery disease (CAD), blood lipid disorders and hypertension. Discover treatment approaches, and the role that exercise can play in each condition.

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Based on content from the ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Manual, this online course presents fitness professionals with the epidemiology and diagnostic criteria for coronary artery disease (CAD), blood lipid disorders and hypertension. Treatment approaches, including the role of exercise, also are covered for each condition.

You will learn:

  • Describe the major health-related physiological effects of CAD, blood lipid disorders, and hypertension
  • Define the characteristics of an individual with stable CAD and an individual with unstable CAD and decide which individual falls within the ACE-AHFS’s scope of practice
  • List the various types of diagnostic tests used to identify CAD, blood lipid disorders, and hypertension
  • Understand which fitness assessments are appropriate to use for individuals with cardiovascular disease
  • List common treatment procedures for cardiovascular disease, including preventative, pharmaceutical, surgical, and exercise-related approaches
  • Describe thermoregulation issues specific to individuals with hypertension
  • Understand and implement exercise recommendations for individuals with cardiovascular disease, including CAD, blood lipid disorders, and hypertension
Metabolic Diseases and Disorders

Metabolic Diseases and Disorders
(Online Content, Online Quiz)

Explore major health-related physiological effects of being overweight or obese, and the role exercise can play in treatment. Learn epidemiology and diagnostic criteria for clients with major metabolic diseases and disorders including diabetes mellitus, and risks associated with working with those clients.

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Based on content from the ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Manual, this online course presents fitness professionals with the epidemiology and diagnostic criteria for major metabolic diseases and disorders, including overweight and obesity, the metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus. Treatment approaches, including the role of exercise, also are covered for each condition.

You will learn:

  • Describe the major health-related physiological effects of overweight and obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus
  • List the various types of diagnostic tests used to identify overweight and obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus
  • Understand which fitness assessments are appropriate to use for individuals with metabolic diseases and disorders
  • List common treatment procedures for metabolic diseases and disorders, including preventative, pharmaceutical, surgical, and exercise-related approaches
  • Describe specific biomechanical considerations for obese clients
  • Explain the role of exercise in glucose regulation and diabetes management for clients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • List the risks of exercise in clients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Understand and implement exercise recommendations for individuals with metabolic conditions, including overweight and obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus
Pre and Post Natal Exercise

Pre and Post Natal Exercise
(Book, DVD, Online Quiz)

Discover how the physiological changes associated with pregnancy may influence the design and effectiveness of exercise programming. Explore the benefits and risks of exercising during pregnancy as well as workout recommendations and the most popular workouts.

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Discover how the physiological changes associated with pregnancy may influence the design and effectiveness of exercise programming for this special population. Using Pre- and Post-Natal Fitness and ACE’s Guide to Pre-Natal Fitness, you’ll explore the benefits and risks of exercising during pregnancy as well as workout recommendations and the most popular exercise regimens.

 

You will learn: 

  • To understand benefits and risks of exercise during pregnancy
  • To develop exercise programs based on specific needs of pre- and post-natal women
  • Fetal risks associated with pre-natal exercise
  • The role exercise plays in recovery from the birth process
Chronic Musculoskeletal Challenges and Exercise

Chronic Musculoskeletal Challenges and Exercise
(Online Content, Online Quiz)

Discover how to design and adapt exercise programs with modifications and progressions specific to musculoskeletal ailments like arthritis, osteoporosis and low-back pain. Learn to treat the astounding number of Americans who suffer from those conditions with exercise without furthering injury.

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Chronic musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, osteoporosis, and lower back pain can present challenges for personal trainers and their clients. And with an astounding number of Americans suffering from those conditions, it’s important to know how to maintain physical exercise without furthering injury. Discover how to design and adapt exercise programs with modifications and progressions specific to musculoskeletal ailments.

 

You will learn:

  • Risk factors, symptoms and health consequences of lower back pain, osteoporosis and arthritis
  • Strategies for reducing risk of further injury and decreasing joint stress
  • To design or adapt safe and effective exercise programs for adults with chronic musculoskeletal disorders
  • Nutritional considerations related to osteoporosis
Cardiovascular Nutrition and Fitness Course

Cardiovascular Nutrition and Fitness Course
(Book, Online Quiz)

Combat the adverse effects of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a better understanding of the role nutrition plays in heart health. Review current research that explores risks associated with CVD, and the effects of serum cholesterol, hypertension and improper diet. Learn to identify causes of atherosclerosis and hypertension, and the roles of drug therapy, nutrition and exercise.

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Combat the adverse effects of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among your clients with a better understanding of the role nutrition plays in heart health. Review current research that explores risks associated with CVD, and the effects of serum cholesterol, hypertension and improper diet. Learn to identify the causes of atherosclerosis and hypertension, and how and why drug therapy, nutrition and exercise can reduce risks for children and adults battling CVD.

 

You will learn:  

  • To identify and define different types of cholesterol and fats, and explain their role in cardiovascular disease
  • Cause, effects and risk factors for atherosclerosis including high serum cholesterol, genetics, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, gender, age and smoking
  • Effects of diet on hypertension and heart disease
  • Step One and Step Two diets, and principles to use in designing meal plans
  • Role of exercise in promoting health, fitness and weight loss

 

If you’ve already completed one or more of the courses listed above, call (888) 825-3636, ext. 782 to find out how you can apply your credits toward a specialty certification.