What is a special population?
The NSCA Certified Special Population Specialist™ (CSPS™) credential was established in 2012 to address the fitness needs of individuals afflicted by chronic or temporary health conditions. Anyone interested in pursuing a CSPS must first understand the types of health conditions that require special exercise intervention.
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Certified Special Population Specialists (CSPS) are fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate, and train special population clients of all ages regarding their health and fitness needs, preventively, and in collaboration with healthcare professionals. Special populations include those with chronic and temporary health conditions.
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Personal trainers often deal with clients suffering from shoulder pain and dysfunction. This article addresses shoulder anatomy, shoulder function, and the factors that contribute to stability and function.
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Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, spoke at the NSCA's 2013 Personal Trainer conference on the evidence supporting resistance training for older adults.
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Personal Training Quarterly is the NSCA's newest publication, designed specifically for the personal trainer. You can discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue.
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Special Populations Practitioner
"I love helping my clients with chronic conditions reach their goals, and my CSPS certification lets them know I have the background and expertise to get them there."
Tim Rickett, MA, CSPS, Head Fitness Trainer, Fort Collins Club