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Training the Athlete Over 50 Online CE Course-2nd Edition

Training the Athlete Over 50 Online CE Course-2nd Edition


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    Online Course

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

    Training the Athlete Over 50, Second Edition Online CE Course presents motivation, injury prevention, and training techniques that consider the unique physiology of athletes over 50. You’ll learn to help older clients achieve peak performance by designing a training plan that develops cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, speed, quickness, and agility. Discover opportunities to expand your client base with this exploding market by identifying venues that provide athletic competition. The course concludes with a continuing education exam for credit through participating organizations.

    Course Objectives

    • Identify five levels of physical function in adults over the age of 50.

    • Describe why chronological age is a poor indicator of physical condition and ability.

    • Identify venues that provide athletic competition for older athletes.

    • Discuss general recommendations for training athletes over the age of 50.

    • Design a training plan to develop cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, speed, quickness, and agility.

    • Identify safety issues and the types of injuries associated with senior athletes.

    • List the benefits of regular and vigorous exercise training for older adults.

    • Recognize factors that influence sport performance in older adults.

    • Identify the market potential for training older athletes.


    A continuing education course for personal trainers, coaches, and fitness professionals working with senior athletes.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. 50 Isn’t Old Anymore

    Hierarchy of Physical Function

    Learning from the Masters

    A Study of the Performance of Masters Athletes

    A Critical Mass Turns 50

    Redefining Aging

    Accessing the Over-50 Market

    Competition Opportunities and Venues

    Action Item

    Chapter 2. Recommendations for Training the Athlete Over 50

    Training Tips

    The Periodized Training Plan

    Speed, Quickness, and Agility Training

    What About Injures?

    Nutritional Needs for Senior Athlete

    Action Item

    Chapter 3. Training for All the Right Reasons

    Benefits of Training

    U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health

    Factors that Influence Sport Performance in Older Athletes

    Communication Tips for Working with Senior Athletes

    Our Challenge and Opportunity

    Action Item

    Chapter 4. Athlete Profiles

    Client Handouts



    About the Author

    About the Author

    Gwen Hyatt, MS, founded DSWFitness (Desert Southwest Fitness, Inc.) Center for Continuing Education in 1980 to provide continuing education for fitness, health, rehabilitation, and clinical professionals. With a double master’s degree in exercise science and gerontology, Hyatt is highly respected for her work in exercise and aging. In 2013 DSWFitness was acquired by Human Kinetics, and Hyatt serves as the director of continuing education for Human Kinetics. Hyatt is a former faculty member at Bemidji State University and the University of Arizona. She is a recipient of the 2005 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year Award, the Southern Arizona Small Business Award for Excellence as a Woman-Owned Business, the Utah Fitness Instructors Association Leadership Award, and the Arthur Anderson Small Business Award. To celebrate turning 50, Hyatt participated in her first century cycling event and went on to become a platinum century cyclist. At the age of 55, she jumped into multisport competitions and completed over 30 triathlons. At age 65 her goal is to cycle the world. For more than 33 years Hyatt has been an industry educator and role model.