Course Description

  • Course available: Grade 11-12

    Course length: 1 or 2 years

    Placement: Regular

    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits per year


    This course creates a solid foundation for future educational and career interests for students, such as: Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Physical Education, Health Sciences, Biology, Nutrition, and Sports Medicine and the allied health professions.

    Students learn the systems of the human body and their interrelationship to health, fitness, exercise, nutrition,strength and conditioning, mechanisms of injury  and prevention, fitness assessment, and designing exercise programs for the athlete, general, and special populations. Students will learn the principles necessary to differentiate facts from fallacies as they relate to the human body, exercise, and nutrition.

    This comprehensive course integrates classroom work with practical hands-on personal training/health and fitness assessment skills.

    Successful completion of the course prepares students to earn NCCA, nationally accredited certification from the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE), the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and/or the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

    Students learn:

    ü Anatomy and physiology of human performance

    ü Exercise mechanics

    ü Exercise program design for strength, endurance, and cardiorespiratory fitness

    ü Concepts in nutrition supplements and anabolic steroids

    ü Health and medical conditions

    ü Athletic, exercise and sports related injuries

    ü Weight management utilizing exercise and nutrition principles

    ü Client assessment/fitness assessments (flexibility, blood pressure, body composition, and resting heart rate)

    ü Human anatomy – introduction to the structure and function of the muscular, skeletal, nervous, digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular systems

    ü Kinesiology

    ü Anatomical terminology

    ü Nutrition & Mind - Body Health

    ü Functional anatomy

    ü Medical terminology

    ü Mechanisms of injury and injury prevention

    ü Emergency and first aid procedures

    ü Spinal mechanics

    ü Flexibility, stretching, and joint range of motion

    ü The business and ethics of personal training

    ü Introduction to allied health careers