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Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis Online CE Course

Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis Online CE Course


Available As

    Online Course

    Course components are delivered online and include a continuing education exam.

    Acquire the tools and strategies to improve physical fitness and functional ability for clients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who have varying symptoms of the disease and levels of ability. Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis Online CE Course discusses exercise precautions, program design, and transfer techniques. You will be able to instruct clients to perform safe exercise, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility training, perceptual motor and balance skill development, ambulation training, and aquatic exercise.
    Course Objectives

    • Outline the symptoms, pathology, types, and related impairments associated with MS.
    • List the benefits of physical activity for people with MS and be aware of the information needed for starting a client with MS on an exercise program.
    • Explain appropriate exercise recommendations and precautions for clients with MS.
    • Outline professional responsibilities for working with clients with MS.
    • Explain appropriate exercise monitoring techniques.


    A continuing education course for personal trainers working with clients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Understanding Multiple Sclerosis
    Symptoms of MS
    Pathology of MS
    Types of MS
    Associated Impairments
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 2. Training Individuals with MS
    Benefits of Physical Activity for People with MS
    Tips to Keep in Mind When Getting Started
    General Exercise Recommendations
    Exercise Precautions
    How to Design Appropriate Functional Movement
    Communicating with Clients
    Teaching Tips
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 3. Cardiovascular Exercise and Strength Training
    Cardiovascular Exercise
    Strength Training
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 4. Flexibility Training
    General Guidelines for Stretching
    Stretching Techniques
    Tips for Stretching
    Range of Motion
    Yoga and Tai Chi
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 5. Ambulation Training
    Ambulation Exercises
    Safety First
    Ambulatory Aids
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 6. Perceptual Motor Training
    Kinesthetic Awareness
    Fine Motor Tasks
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 7. Balance Training
    Activities for Developing Static and Dynamic Balance
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 8. Aquatic Exercise
    Aquatic Exercise Guidelines
    Water Temperature
    Safety Issues
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 9. Transfers Techniques
    How to Transfer a Person with MS
    A Dozen Tips for Performing Transfers
    Guarding Against Falls
    Student Activities and Study Questions

    Chapter 10. Professional Responsibilities
    Scope of Practice
    Screening and Evaluation for an Exercise Program
    Monitoring Exercise
    Emergency Procedures
    Establishing Physician Contact
    Student Activities and Study Questions
    Client Handout: How to Minimize Overheating
    Appendix A: PAR-Q

    About the Author

    Karl Knopf, EdD, has taught exercise to special populations for over 30 years. He is the author of several textbooks, fitness books, and articles and contributed a chapter to a book by Richard Simmons. Knopf has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and is often quoted in major newspapers such as Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has served as a consultant to the State of California, Stanford University, Time Life Medical, and the PBS series Sit & Be Fit. He frequently speaks on radio and at wellness events.


    “This is a great course. I gained a deeper understanding of the progressions of exercise and a clearer comprehension of the disease itself. It also gave me a deeper desire to help these individuals gain and maintain their independence.”

    S. Sarles—Napanoch, NY

    “I have learned about the different types and stages of MS and how to safely train someone with the disease. In training clients with MS, I have the knowledge to assess their limitations and to deal with any situations that may arise.”

    B. Szewczynski—Folsom, CA