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Rehab your clients with an Exercise Therapy Certification

Be a full-service provider for your clients as an Exercise Therapy Specialist.

Despite all of our best efforts, injuries happen. When they do occur, as a Certified Fitness Trainer you will need to assess your clients ability to train and likely adapt your training protocol to keep them safe. By completing your certification in Exercise Therapy, you will learn the techniques and exercises to rehabilitate your clients from the various injuries that they get from training or any accident.

$799
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited
$799
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

What You'll Learn From This Course

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

  • Explain the fundamental principles of therapeutic exercise; including, its definition, and use in prevention, treatment, control, rehabilitation, restoration and prevention of reoccurrence in a variety of ailments.
  • Describe the role and scope of practice for a Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and identify how this role fits into a client's continuum of care.
  • Discuss the aspects and application of functional fitness.
  • Define the musculoskeletal system, body mechanics, and body musculature in relation to exercise and movement.
  • Explain the challenges facing clients with chronic, medical conditions.
  • Recognize a chronic health condition(s) that may require an individual to use special care while exercising.
  • Identify the correct exercise(s) to address a client's specific chronic condition (cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neurological, orthopedic, and / or sensory).
  • Develop a comprehensive exercise therapy program that utilizes Adaptive Programming principles and techniques to address the fitness constraints of a client.
  • Identify the locations for additional Exercise Therapy Support materials and resources.

Your New Career as an Exercise Therapy Specialist Starts Here

Your New Career as an Exercise Therapy Specialist Starts Here

According to the American Sports Data Company Inc., numerous employment opportunities are opening up in facilities for health & fitness professionals who have an expertise in Post-Rehab exercise. Nearly 1,000 hospitals in the US alone have already opened fitness facilities and hundreds more are in various stages of development.

The broad goal of this certificate program is to train students for an entry-level position in Exercise Therapy through distance education.

Please note: The information provided in this course is for general educational purposes only. The material is not a substitute for consultation with a healthcare provider regarding particular medical conditions and needs.

  • Study at your own pace with flexible, online learning to fit your busy schedule.
  • Pass your certification exam online wherever you're most comfortable.

$799
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

How the ISSA Exercise Therapy Certification Works

We know that balancing your studies with an already busy schedule can be a challenge, which is why we designed a flexible, self-paced online course schedule that allows you up to 12 months to finish the program so you can study when, where, and how often you'd like. Here's how the program works:

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    Get Instant Access and Start Studying Right Away

    Study online or with the included textbooks. With 1-2 hours of studying per day, most students finish in just 8-10 weeks. Feel free to study at your own pace.

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    Complete Quizzes and Test Your Comprehension

    We offer multiple online practice quizzes throughout the course to completely prepare you for the final exam and for real life coaching and helping.

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    Take the Open-Book, Untimed Final Exam from Anywhere

    You read that correctly - the final exam is online, open-book, untimed, and can be completed over multiple sessions! You can even go back and change any answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. If you don't pass the first time, we even allow you to re-take the exam.


What You'll Get With This Course

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Online Course Textbook

Exercise Therapy is a 215 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Exercise Therapy Certification. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you're receiving the most up-to-date information available. If you would like a printed version of this online textbook, simply select the shipping option at checkout and the book is yours free - you pay only the actual shipping costs to your location.

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Preview the first chapter

Meet the author, Dr. Karl Knopf, EdD

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    Study Guide and Workbook

    This handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of fitness trainer concepts.

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    Online Exercise Lab

    ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab with over 250 animated exercises. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

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    Practice Exam and Section Quizzes

    The practice Exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you're reading you're preparing for the exam at the same time.

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    Online and Home Study Exam

    ISSA's certification exam solidifies your proficiency as a fitness professional. Choose a paper-and-pencil exam or utilize our secure online testing portal. One No-cost Retest (if necessary).

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    Online Student Forum

    Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.

Plus Bonus Support After Your Exam...

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    Free Professional Website

    All ISSA members get a free website to support their fitness trainer careers online. Five pages of professionally designed, easily editable, fully hosted content is included. Choose from nine designs and put your best face forward online!

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    Unlimited Educational Support

    All ISSA students have access to unlimited educational support. If you have questions about the course materials, our on-staff professors can guide you through. This support continues even after you earn your fitness trainer certification.


$799
( Online Course Access )
  • Study at your own pace
  • Online exam at home
  • Unlimited educational support
  • Nationally accredited

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