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Essentials of Training Special Populations

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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

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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