This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate exercise for male clients aged forty five and over, and female clients aged fifty five and over. It requires the ability to provide instruction of exercise programs aimed at improving health and fitness for older clients, with consideration of aspects of healthy ageing. It also covers promotion of incidental physical activity to clients to minimise the risk of developing sedentary lifestyle behaviours. It involves using industry endorsed risk stratification procedures when determining the provision of suitable advice and referral requirements.

This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

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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: - use industry endorsed pre-exercise screening tools and risk stratification processes to identify the risk level of at least ten older clients; - prepare referral letters to relevant medical or appropriate allied health professionals with supporting pre-exercise health screening documentation; - plan, document, implement and evaluate suitable exercise programs within scope of practice for older clients; - conduct sessions; - modify programs for clients, and; - conduct periodic ongoing evaluation of outcomes from fitness programs in accordance with the established program goals and industry best practice.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislative and regulatory requirements regarding specific population exercise participation; - organisational policies and procedures in regards to specific population exercise participation; - precautions to exercise relevant to the older adults in accordance with industry guidelines where applicable; - signs and symptoms of exercise intolerance and appropriate management strategies; - situations where cessation of exercise program is required; - role of medical or allied health professionals for referral processes; - typical anatomical and physiological considerations for older adults; - common barrier to exercise participation; - methods to overcome barriers to exercise adherence; - health-related components of fitness; - awareness of major types of injuries or conditions that may present in older clients that may require referral to a relevant medical or appropriate allied health professional; - importance of strength and balance training in falls prevention; - exercise considerations in regards to components of ageing process, injuries and conditions; - awareness of injury risks or considerations that may be related to older clients; - benefits of exercise related to older populations; - concepts of healthy ageing, and; - risks of leading a sedentary ageing lifestyle.

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