Understanding Parkinson Disease as a Certified Personal Trainer

"Understanding Parkinson Disease and Suggested Training Methods for Certified Fitness Trainers" is one of several recent additions to the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) continuing education library. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding for trainers about the nature of this disease and how to work with this growing special population safely and effectively.

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Carpinteria, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2007

Carpinteria, CA - June 26, 2007 - It is estimated that between 50,000 and 60,000 Parkinson disease cases are newly diagnosed in the United States every year.
The American Parkinson Disease Association (http://www.apdaparkinson.org) reports that Parkinson disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system affecting more than 1.5 million people in the United States.

While there is no known cause or cure for Parkinson disease, the National Parkinson Foundation (http://www.parkinson.org) suggests that, along with the use of medications, various strategies such as implementing an exercise program, learning efficient methods to perform daily activities, and improving nutritional status can help sufferers achieve and maintain wellness.

To help personal trainers better meet the ever changing needs of their clients, the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a distance education institution and personal trainer certification organization, encourages trainers to pursue continuing education in order to serve their clients.

"Understanding Parkinson Disease and Suggested Training Methods for Certified Fitness Trainers" is one of several recent additions to the ISSA continuing education library. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding for trainers about the nature of this disease and how to work with this growing special population safely and effectively.

To remain competitive in the marketplace, fitness professionals must stay current with the advancements in exercise science and fitness techniques. New information is continually added to the vast stores of fitness knowledge in exercise science and kinesiology. "Over the past few years, a great deal of progress has been made regarding the beneficial effects of exercise when dealing with diseases such as fibromyalgia and Parkinson disease," reports Patrick Gamboa, ISSA's Director of Technical & Educational Support. "ISSA takes the stance that as more people are diagnosed with these and similar cases, it becomes evermore important that personal trainers understand how to work with these clients."

"Understanding Parkinson Disease and Suggested Training Methods for Certified Fitness Trainers" helps a trainer design an overall workout program, including topics such as:

  •     a basic understanding of the disease,
  •     obtaining medical clearance,
  •     proper warm up,
  •     static stretching as PD patients may suffer from rigidity,
  •     cardiovascular training under close supervision,
  •     a weight training program focused on the six major muscle groups,
  •     and an appropriate cool down.

The program also contains information on nutritional guidelines, noting nutrition dense foods rich in antioxidants as well as foods high in calcium and potassium. Also contained in the course are suggestions for mental focus and practice for the PD client.

"Should a fitness trainer take on a client afflicted with Parkinson disease, fibromyalgia or another condition, it is their professional responsibility to understand the condition and competently assist that client with their exercise program," states Patrick Gamboa. "In order to do so, the trainer must be aware of current exercise guidelines."

ISSA recommends that trainers work closely with their client's physician when developing an appropriate exercise program. Exercise is essential for the well-being of individuals with Parkinson disease; it is a common denominator in individuals who are able to maintain productive years. To date, no specific approach has been proven to be better than others.

About "Understanding Parkinson Disease and Suggested Training Methods for Certified Fitness Trainers"

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding for trainers about the nature of Parkinson disease and how to train this growing special population safely and effectively. The course is a PDF download, and earns one ISSA continuing education credit. It is available for online enrollment, contains an online exam and instant grading, as well as a pass/fail certificate upon completion of course.

About ISSA:
Since 1988 the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) has provided fitness certification and continuing education to over 80,000 fitness professionals. ISSA certifications are recognized worldwide. From Sports Conditioning to Youth Fitness, ISSA offers 10 certification programs and dozens of continuing education courses. For more information on the ISSA, please visit: http://www.issaonline.com

To schedule an interview with a representative of ISSA, please contact:

Sabeen Sadiq
Director of Public Relations for the ISSA
Toll-free: 1-800-892-4772
International: (805) 745-8111

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