2) Are confident the assessment was done well.3) Determined how your client did on each of thesecomponents by comparing him/her to age- andgender-specific norms (see Chapter 4 of ACSM’sGuidelines).4) Prioritized the components which most need to beimproved.(P)
Prescribing the Exercise.
You will develop a complete exercise prescription that is appropriate forthe client, taking into consideration the client’s currentfitness level and achieving a balance between theclient’s goals and the client’s true needs.
Information needed: All data from the ‘M,’ ‘R,’ and ‘I’
You did the following:1) Talked to the client to ascertain goals regarding theexercise program but also determined client’s overallhealth goals.2) CAREFULLY considered the client’s goals
theclient’s needs. Based upon data gathered with the ‘M,’‘R,’ and ‘I,’ are the client’s goals consistent with whatyou think the client should be working on?3) Developed a COMPLETE exercise prescription(Ch. 7 of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription), which was SPECIFIC to thisclient and appropriately balanced the client’s goals
needs.a) If the program was for cardiovascular fitness, itincluded the components of frequency, intensity,duration and activity (FIDA). Ideally, it includedthe workloads (
, treadmill or cycle; Appendix D of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription) consistent with the prescribedintensity.b) If for weight loss, it included FIDA, workloads andcaloric expenditures (Appendix D of ACSM’sGuidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription)associated with this program.c) If for resistive exercise, it includes the variables of choice of exercises, order of exercises, frequency of training, loads to be used, the volume of training, and rest intervals within and betweenworkouts. Ideally, it included some considerationswhether periodization would be appropriate.(L)
Using these tools, you willcounsel the client on how to make the lifestyle changesneeded to achieve his/her goals. This will include anintegration of the suggested exercise, dietary, and CVDrisk factor reduction changes. You will also inform theclient of the rationale underlying the program that youhave developed.
Information needed: All data from the ‘M,’ ‘R,’ ‘I,’ and ‘P’
You identified, both SPECIFICALLY and IN DETAIL,how the client can make the desired lifestyle changes.
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Table. MR IPL
You will risk stratify the client.In other words, you will determine whether the clientis appropriate for your facility, needs more extensivemedical evaluation, has special needs or should berefereed to a different facility. If they can join yourfacility, you will determine whether the client has any clinical history which warrants modifying what youwould do for him/her and/or how they wouldfunction in your facility.
Information needed: Informed consent, Medical history,Physician feedback, CVD risk factor information, Results from a fitness assessment
You risk stratified the client based upon ALL of thefollowing:1) Signs and symptoms of disease (Box 2-1 of ACSM’sGuidelines).2) A medical history (at the minimum, use Fig 2-1 of ACSM’s Guidelines) and3) Personal physician feedback.4) You also need to consider the client’s CVD risk factors but will do so with ‘‘R’’ below.5) Gather additional information in a discussion withclient.6) ONCE accepted into your program, performa fitness assessment.(R)
Risk Factor Assessment.
You will identify yourclient’s most significant CVD risk factors, prioritizethem (
, which need to be modified first) and beable to give feedback to your client about how his or her10 yr risk for developing CVD will change withmodifying these risk factors. You will address how tomodify these risk factors with ‘‘L’’ below.
Information needed: CVD risk factor information
You have identified the following:1) The client’s risk factors for CVD (Table 2-1 of ACSM’s Guidelines).2) Which risk factors can be modified and which cannot be.3) Goals for each risk factors (
, LDL goal of <100
<160 mg/dL).4) His/her 10 yr risk of developing CVD(Framingham algorithm, see Grundy
Interpreting the Data.
You will assess thecompleteness and quality of the client’s fitnessassessment and begin thinking about what the client’sexercise program should consist of.
Information needed: Results from a fitness assessment
You did the following:1) Checked to be sure the fitness assessment includedall 5 components of fitness (
, cardiovascularendurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance,flexibility, and body composition).
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