Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Content
Online Quiz
CEC Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 1.0 CECs

A Training Guide to Understanding Osteoarthritis

Did you know that according to the CDC, almost 1 in 4 US adults have arthritis, with osteoarthritis (OA) being the most common form? Due to the current trends of aging baby boomers, rising obesity rates and an increase in sports-related injuries, the prevalence of OA is increasing. However, many people with OA remain inactive due to pain, fear of pain or fear that exercise will make their condition worse.

Break through these common misconceptions about OA and learn how to develop safe and effective exercise programs for clients who have OA or are at risk of developing OA. In this video training, you’ll get guidance on gathering important client information, helping set realistic client expectations, designing appropriate gym and home exercise programs, addressing pain management and communicating with sensitivity. You will walk away feeling empowered to inspire your clients to be physically active so they may have improved pain, mobility and quality of life.

Led by Mary Hale-McDonald, an NCSF Certified Personal Trainer and ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer with a BS in Exercise Physiology, Master’s of Public Health and a Master’s in Epidemiology, you will be equipped with the knowledge to work with clients who have OA or are at risk of OA in a variety of settings and the confidence to show them that exercise is not only possible, but an integral part of a multimodal strategy for managing OA. And as a representative of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), Mary will share her experience and tips for helping clients with OA on their fitness journey.

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) is a public health coalition committed to elevating OA as a national health priority, promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA, and ensuring that people with OA have the access, skills and capacity to benefit from effective and proven interventions.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

• Recognize the signs, symptoms and risk factors of osteoarthritis (OA) and understand the prevalence, impact on comorbid conditions and effective treatments of OA

• Create or modify a client’s exercise program by gathering key details about a client through observations, functional assessments and client history

• Develop functionally-appropriate exercise programs and adaptations for clients with OA in one-on-one and group exercise settings

• Incorporate effective and motivating communication skills with clients, using people-first and culturally appropriate language

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
1.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637


Great information - great presenter, enjoyed it!

Very educational. I appreciated incorporation of static and dynamic testing for OA.

I am bothered by the presenter emphasizing repeatedly that the knee should never extend over the toes in a squat. This is outdated information, and ACE has published more current information.