Every day in the United States, 10,000 people turn 65, and the number of older adults will more than double over the next several decades and represent over 20 percent of the population by 2050. (Source: AARP.)
An aging population means increased demand for health and fitness professionals able to treat clients concerned with their bone health. This course trains you to meet that need.
Over 12,000 Physical Therapists and Fitness Professionals across the United States and Canada have completed Building Better Bones! Join this community and start serving this important and growing audience.
By the end of Building Better Bones, you will be able to:
- Describe the medical management of osteoporosis, including recognition of risk factors, interpretation of medical test results, use of medications, as well as other conditions that impact bone health.
- Describe the management of vertebral compression fractures and how the utilization of proper body mechanics and stronger back extensor mechanics decreases the risk of fracture.
- Administer the Senior Fitness Test and use the results to develop and implement a safe and effective exercise program for Beginner and Active patients incorporating a multi-modal approach appropriate to the patient's fracture risk.
Who Should Take This Course
This course is for Physical Therapists, Physiotherapists, PTAs, Kinesiologists, Certified Exercise Physiologists, and Certified Fitness Professionals.
This course is divided into 20 comprehensive sections to make sure you get the smoothest learning experience possible. We start with the fundamentals and from there deliver the tools you need to work with patients and clients concerned about their bone health.
- Fundamentals of Osteoporosis - Key fundamentals you should understand about bone health, including bone physiology, risk factors, effects of exercise on bone health, nutrition, pharmaceutical intervention, and hormone replacement therapy.
- Assessment - How to assess your patient/client.
- Exercise Preparation and Safety Tips - Tips on how to exercise safely.
- Exercise Schedules - Recommended exercise schedules by level.
- Fall Prevention - How to test balance and reduce fall risk.
- Beginner and Active Balance - Recommended balance exercises for Beginner and Active levels.
- Posture Analysis Retraining - How to assess posture.
- Core Exercises - Core exercise theory and bone health.
- Flexibility Theory - Flexibility fundamentals you need to know.
- Flexibility Exercises - Recommended flexibility exercises.
- Weight Bearing and Cardiovascular Exercise - How weight bearing exercise affects bone health.
- Alternative Approaches - Alternative approaches to bone building.
- Contraindicated Exercises - Exercises and movements to avoid.
- Vertebral Fracture Management - How to assess and treat compression fractures.
- Beginner and Active Strength Theory - The role of strength training in bone health.
- Beginner and Active Warmups - Warmup exercises for Beginner and Active levels.
- Beginner Strength Exercises - Recommended strength exercises for Beginner level.
- Active Strength Exercises - Recommended strength exercises for Active level.
- Osteoporosis in Special Populations - How osteoporosis affects special populations.
- Tai Chi - Tai Chi theory and routine for bone health.