Clinical Exercise Specialist

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The Clinical Exercise Specialist course is approved for 1.9 CEUs for NASM, 15 CEUs for AFAA, and 20 CEUs for NESTA. View this course in the Training Portal now.

Introduction to Clinical Exercise by Medical Exercise Academy

Topics covered in the Clinical Exercise Specialist program:

  • The Benefits of Exercise for Chronic Disease
  • Scope of Practice and Health Risk
  • Rapport and Psychology
  • Postural and Movement Assessments and Corrective Strategies Assessments
  • Cardiorespiratory Assessment
  • FITT
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Body Composition, overweight, and obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • COPD and Asthma
  • Balance and Gait
  • Common Shoulder Injuries
  • Injuries of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
  • Common Hip Injuries
  • Common Knee Injuries
  • Common Injuries of the Lower Leg, Ankle, and Foot
  • Low Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • Business

Over the past few decades, the population of the United States, and other industrialized nations, has been sitting more, 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, and 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?

Medical Exercise Academy is recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association, and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America as an Approved Continuing Education Provider.

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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. Because we know exercise and activity can help in primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention, and positively effect over 30 chronic conditions, fitness professionals trained in program design and management, who have knowledge of chronic disease, and in collaboration with clinicians, are in a prime position to help clients and patients ease the burden of chronic disease.

Medical Exercise Academy courses were developed with three goals in mind:

  1. 1. To provide continuing education opportunities to anyone who wants to learn more about exercise and chronic disease.
  2. 2. To provide a credible path for fitness professionals who want to collaborate with other health care providers.
  3. 3. Through thought provoking discussion and application questions, you can gauge your level of understanding and see how the learned material applies to your unique situation.

Our courses are succinct and easy to navigate, with relevant videos, text, and application exercises.

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 diseases

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.
  • Gain credibility and network with other healthcare providers.
  • Earn valuable continuing education credits.
  • Increase income by expanding service offerings.

Maintaining Your Certification

Advances in fitness, health, and medicine are constantly evolving, so it is imperative for Fitness professionals who work with clients who have one or more chronic disease to stay up to date on the latest science.

Although not required, by earning 20 (19 + one for CPR) continuing education units every 24 months in a medically focused program, we as a profession can continue to build and maintain credibility.

Recommended courses can be found at:

We will also consider relevant academic courses.

If you are not sure, please ask!

Clinical Exercise Specialist Manual: A Fitness Professional's Guide to Exercise and Chronic Disease

Kindle Edition Now Available!

Clinical Exercise Specialist Manual: A Fitness Professional’s Guide to Exercise and Chronic Disease is for health, fitness, and exercise professionals who want to be, or are on the front line of healthcare by aiding in the management and prevention of chronic disease.

Exercise and physical activity can positively affect over 30 chronic conditions, making it the number one deterrent of chronic disease in primary and secondary prevention. The succinct content combined with the easy to use tables and figures in this guide will benefit anyone who wants to learn more about the effects of exercise on over 35 chronic conditions.

Inside you will find:

  • Concise, detailed, information that is useful in any fitness setting such as a fitness center, personal training studio, or home gym
  • Easy to use tables and figures to quickly find relevant material
  • Easy to understand protocols for frequency, intensity, time, and type of exercise
  • Contraindications and concerns for exercise
  • Essential sample forms
  • Discussion questions to examine the practical application of the concepts

Ready to Start Learning?

Take the free introduction section and to learn more about exercise, chronic disease, and using the online portal.

If you wish to continue and earn the Clinical Exercise Specialist designation, submit your payment so you can be enrolled.

Be on the frontline of healthcare and make a difference.