SISFFIT044 - Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients

    Unit code: SISFFIT044 | Study level: TAFE
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    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and instruct exercise programs and sessions specifically tailored for individual older clients. Older clients are those aged at least 55 years; however, they can be significantly older. It covers skills for evaluating and modifying programs in response to client monitoring and feedback. Programs and sessions take account of the particular issues and risks for older clients.
    It requires the ability to promote healthy ageing and integrate information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and any medical guidance that may have been received for particular clients, to design suitable programs.
    Program design involves effective application of exercise science principles. This unit has a direct relationship with, and is supported by, SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction.This unit applies to personal trainers, who work independently with clients using discretion and judgement to develop and instruct individually tailored client programs. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes and outdoor locations, depending on their role.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & 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:
    Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

    • develop and document one personalised exercise program for three different clients aged 55 years or over including:
    • a female client
    • a male client
    • a client for whom medical advice has been received
    • for each of the above three clients:
    • develop and document two personalised session plans, each with a minimum duration of 30 minutes
    • incorporate exercises and injury prevention strategies suited to older clients
    • incorporate strength and balance exercises that can help prevent falls
    • instruct two of the above sessions for two of the clients (four sessions in total), according to session plans, each with a minimum duration of 30 minutes
    • consistently use client-centred communication and instructional techniques that are suited to older clients
    • according to actual client interactions or case studies:
    • follow protocols for written reports to medical or allied health professionals for one client for whom guidance has been received, and communicate about:
    • client’s current fitness capabilities and goals
    • client response to exercise sessions
    • questions, concerns and further guidance sought
    • evaluate the effectiveness of one client program, modify program and session content and document details of the evaluation and changes made.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VUPolytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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