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Essentials of Training Special Populations

CSPS Textbook

NSCA’s Essentials of Training Special Populations is an ideal preparatory guide for those seeking CSPS certification. The book is also a practical reference for exercise professionals who work with clients with various conditions and disorders.

  • ©2017
  • 528 pages
  • Hardback Book
  • Product Code:  9780736083300
  • Non-Member Price: $89.00 USD
    • Member Price : $86.00 USD

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Essentials of Training Special Populations is an indispensable text for aspiring and established exercise professionals working with special populations such as children, aging adults, and clients with temporary or permanent physical or cognitive conditions and disorders.Clients with special conditions often require modifications to general exercise recommendations, specific exercise facility design, and particular training equipment. This text will help exercise professionals design customized programs for clients with these unique considerations.

Essentials of Training Special Populations is the ideal preparatory resource for those seeking to become an NSCA Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS) and a practical reference for anyone who assesses, motivates, educates, and trains special population clients regarding their health and fitness needs. Editor Patrick L. Jacobs and a team of qualified contributors provide evidence-based information and recommendations on particular training protocols for a breadth of conditions, including musculoskeletal conditions, cardiovascular conditions, immunologic disorders, and cancer.

The text discusses the benefits of exercise for special populations and the exercise-related challenges they often face. This is followed by a review of the pathology and pathophysiology of numerous conditions and disorders. Tables listing exercise recommendations for specific conditions are presented, complete with training modifications, precautions, and contraindications, as well as commonly prescribed medications and their potential effects on exercise responses and adaptations.


Chapter 1. Rationale and Considerations for Training Special Populations
Patrick L. Jacobs, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Benefits of Exercise
    Inactivity and Costs to Individuals and to Society
    Why Are People Inactive?
    Specific Exercise Programming for Special Populations
    Scope of Practice of Those Working With Special Populations
    Professional Opportunities for Those Training Special Populations
    Expectations in the Training of Special Populations
    Appropriate Environments for Training Special Populations
Chapter 2. Health Appraisal and Fitness Assessments
John F. Graham, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA
Malcolm T. Whitehead, PhD, CSCS
    Medical and Health History Appraisal
    Fitness Assessment
    Fitness Assessment Protocols
    SMART Goal Setting
    Motivational and Coaching Techniques
Chapter 3. Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disorders
Carwyn Sharp, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Disorders of the Spine and Associated Musculature
    Disorders of the Skeletal System
    Disorders of Joint Structures
    Disorders of the Muscular System
Chapter 4. Metabolic Conditions and Disorders
Thomas P. LaFontaine, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Jeffrey L. Roitman, EdD
Paul Sorace, MS, CSCS
    Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
    Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
    Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
    Chronic Kidney Disease
Chapter 5. Pulmonary Disorders and Conditions
Kenneth W. Rundell, PhD
James M. Smoliga, DVM, PhD, CSCS
Pnina Weiss, MD, FAAP
    Pulmonary Hypertension
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Chronic Restrictive Pulmonary Disease
    Cystic Fibrosis
Chapter 6. Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders
Ann Marie Swank, PhD, CSCS
Carwyn Sharp, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Peripheral Arterial Disease
    Chronic Heart Failure
    Myocardial Infarction
    Atrial Fibrillation
    Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
    Valvular Disorders
    Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
Chapter 7. Immunologic and Hematologic Disorders
Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D
Misty Kesterson, EdD, CSCS
Benjamin Reuter, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Sickle Cell Disease
Chapter 8. Neuromuscular Conditions and Disorders
Patrick L. Jacobs, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
Stephanie M. Svoboda, MS, DPT, CSCS
Anna Lepeley, PhD, CSCS
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Parkinson’s Disease
    Muscular Dystrophy
    Cerebral Palsy
    Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Spinal Cord Injuries
Chapter 9. Cognitive Conditions and Disorders
William J. Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
Brett A. Comstock, PhD, CSCS
James E. Clark, MS, CSCS
    General Exercise Considerations for Clients With Cognitive Disorders
    Exercise Recommendations for Clients With Cognitive Conditions and Disorders
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Down Syndrome
    Intellectual Disability
    Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
    Philosophy of Exercise Programming for Clients With Special Needs
Chapter 10. Cancer
Alejandro F. San Juan, PhD, PT
Steven J. Fleck, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
Alejandro Lucia, MD, PhD
    Pathology of Cancer
    Pathophysiology of Cancer
    Specific Management and Treatment of Individuals With Cancer
    Common Medications Given to Individuals With Cancer
    Effects of Exercise in Individuals With Cancer
    Exercise Recommendations for Clients With Cancer
Chapter 11. Children and Adolescents
Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA
    Trends in Youth Physical Activity
    Benefits of Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents
    Growth, Maturation, and Physical Activity
    Effects of Exercise in Children and Adolescents
    Exercise Recommendations for Children and Adolescents
Chapter 12. Older Adults
Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, CSCS
    Exercise Recommendations for Older Adults
    Common Medications Given to Older Adults
    Effects of Exercise in Older Adults
    Exercise Recommendations for Older Adults
    Recommended Strategies for Instructing Older Adults
Chapter 13. Female-Specific Conditions
Jill A. Bush, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Female Athlete Triad
    Pregnancy and Postpartum
    Menopause and Postmenopause

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