This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate exercise for young people aged thirteen to seventeen years. It requires the ability to supervise young people using fitness facilities and relevant equipment to promote functional capacity and fitness.

It involves using industry endorsed risk management protocols when determining the provision of suitable exercise services. This may include guidance from relevant medical or allied health professionals.  This unit applies to personal trainers who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - conduct age and skill appropriate baseline assessments; - plan, implement and evaluate at least five fitness programs for young people that reflect appropriate developmental stages, age and ability variations, and; - use the following communication skills: clear verbal communication; modelling and demonstration; motivational techniques.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislative and regulatory requirements regarding safe and appropriate conduct of exercise for children and young adolescents; - organisational policies and procedures; - exercise programming and progression principles; - health-related components of fitness; - functional exercises for motor skills related to participant needs; - purpose and use of gym equipment; - anatomy and physiology related to children and adolescents; - principles of paediatric and exercise science to enable selection of exercises appropriate to participant characteristics and needs; - stages of growth and development in children and adolescents to enable effective planning of programs and selection of exercises; - exercise implications of age and stages of growth and development; - signs and symptoms of major types of injuries typical to children and young adolescents; - injury risks related to exercise participation of children and young adolescents; - motivational techniques; - signs and symptoms of exercise intolerance and appropriate management strategies, and; - the medical and allied health sector to enable appropriate recommendations or referrals be made to parents or carers.

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