Client-centered Exercise Prescription

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Human Kinetics, 2006 - Medical - 339 pages

Client-Centered Exercise Prescription, Second Edition, will help fitness professionals listen to their clients, assess their interests, and prescribe exercise that will work for them. The text maintains the first edition's focus on the individual by discarding the "one-program-fits-all" blueprint and emphasizing instead a personalized approach in which unique programs are designed to meet the interests and needs of each client.

This edition is extensively revised, with substantial new material on activity counseling, client motivation, and step-by-step prescription models, which are directly linked to program design. The models facilitate fitness professionals' ability to make informed, client-centered decisions and address the following issues:
-Establishing rapport and increasing adherence by prescribing exercise programs that match clients' desires, needs, and lifestyles

-Understanding clients' unique psychological needs and using that information to keep them motivated and on track

-Integrating principles and strategies for client-centered assessment and prescription that will enable fitness professionals to address and monitor clients' needs both as they are originally presented and as they evolve over time

-Detailing the competencies of exercise demonstration, design modification, and follow-up monitoring

-Applying strategies for treating and preventing overuse injuries so that clients avoid injury and frustration, thereby avoiding withdrawal from the program
The models in Client-Centered Exercise Prescription, Second Edition, include activity counseling, cardiovascular conditioning, resistance training, weight management, exercise design, and program demonstration and modification, as well as the much-neglected area of assessment and treatment for muscle balance. The text explains the vital role that muscle balance plays in maintaining musculoskeletal health and teaches how to recognize and treat muscle imbalance before it causes serious damage. Reproducible worksheets--ranging from informational forms for clients to checklists and prescription cards for professionals--facilitate the use of the models to make exercise prescription easy and precise. Illustrated handouts of stretches and exercises for specific injuries are also included. These exercises can be incorporated into the client's program, and the handouts can be photocopied for clients to use as a guide for properly performing the exercises at home.

The second edition of Client-Centered Exercise Prescription is an outstanding resource for all professionals and students interested in learning to prescribe exercise for each client's unique and changing needs. To help students grasp the concepts presented, many pedagogical aids, sidebars, and checklists have been added. Competencies are listed at the beginning of each chapter, and icons in the margins identify the information crucial for the certified personal trainer program certification of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CPT). The upgrades to the text also include extensive illustrations, examples, and case studies that demonstrate the practical application of concepts so that students can use them in real-life situations. The result is a text that clearly presents a unique, personalized approach to prescribing exercise and to helping clients adopt, enjoy, and maintain active lifestyles.


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Foundations of ClientCentered Exercise Prescription
Reproducible Forms
ClientCentered Motivation
Motivation and Adherence 42 Motivational Strategies 42 Case Studies
Principles of ClientCentered Assessment and Prescription
ClientCentered Assessment 60 ClientCentered Exercise Prescription 68
Prescription Guidelines for Health Fitness and Performance 71 Ensuring
ClientCentered Assessment
ClientCentered Cardiovascular Exercise Prescription Model
The Cardiovascular Prescription Model 154 Case Studies
ClientCentered Resistance Training Prescription Model
Principles of ClientCentered Resistance Training Prescription 194 The Resistance
ClientCentered Weight Management Prescription Model
Design Issues for Injury Recovery and Prevention
Exercise Prescription for Specific Injuries

Musculoskeletal Assessment
Exercise Analysis Design and Demonstration
Anatomical Analysis of Exercise 117 Biomechanical Analysis of Exercise 125
ClientCentered Exercise Design Model 134 ClientCentered Exercise
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John C. Griffin, MSc, is coordinator of the fitness and lifestyle management program at George Brown College in Toronto. As a private consultant, speaker, and writer for public- and private-sector organizations, Griffin has authored more than 60 publications, including the first edition of Client-Centered Exercise Prescription. Working with the National Fitness Leadership Advisory Council (NFLAC), Griffin coauthored the first national standards for exercise leaders. After serving on the board of directors for Ontario Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (OASES), Griffin worked with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology on a national certification for personal fitness trainers.

A professor, personal trainer, and coach for more than 30 years, Griffin has designed curricula for numerous courses in exercise prescription, personal training, musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation, biomechanics, and exercise and training techniques. He has received awards from NFLAC, OASES, the Ontario Fitness Council, George Brown College, the Province of Ontario, and the Australian Sport and Fitness Council. He has lectured in Sweden, Australia, Finland, many American cities, and all across Canada.

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