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Health Careers Education
Exercise Physiology
Students will learn the physiology behind fitness and exercise through kinesiology and biomechanics. Students will obtain client information, test and evaluate current fitness using body fat testing, fitness assessments, as well as strength and conditioning tests. Students will also learn the concepts of nutrition and weight control.
Lara Skaggs

1. Define vocabulary associated with exercise physiology and optimum fitness
2. Describe the cardiovascular system and explain cardiovascular fitness
3. Explain the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise; give examples and describe benefits of each
4. Describe and demonstrate the principals and procedures of strength training, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning tests, and flexibility tests
5. Identify and describe muscle fiber types and neuromuscular anatomy
6. Describe adaptation to strength training and the general concepts of developing a strength training program
7. Apply the principles of biomechanics and kinesiology
8. Identify and define the four types of motion, forces of motion, physical laws affecting motion
9. Understand the principals of center of gravity, line of gravity, and base of support
10. Learn human motion terminology
11. Review muscles and movements of the pelvis, torso, upper and lower extremities
12. Describe the Food Pyramid and basic nutrients
13. Identify the different nutrient and caloric needs for different age groups
14. Learn the importance of fluid and hydration
15. Discuss eating disorders and how they affect the health of the client
16. Explore fad diets; what causes the weight loss, are they harmful, and do they work
17. Identify health conditions and risk factors that may necessitate referral or place client at risk
18. Identify possible contraindicated activities
19. Assess health screening forms
20. Identify required vs. relative evaluation components
21. Perform cardio-respiratory testing and evaluation
22. Conduct body composition testing and evaluation
23. Conduct flexibility testing and evaluation
24. Conduct strength and endurance testing and evaluation
25. Conduct follow-up consultation and testing

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Fitness Specialist