Cancer Exercise Specialist
Workshop Lesson Plan
& Course Content
9:00-9:30 The role of a Cancer Exercise Specialist
9:30-10:00 What is cancer - Definition, types, and classifications.
10:00-10:30 Mental and
physical fatigue during and after treatment - Participants will learn the causes of treatment-related fatigue as well
as ideas on how to manage it.
of Exercise - Participants
will learn how exercise has been shown to help prevent cancer, minimize
treatment side-effects, and help patients recover from surgery and treatment by
improving range of motion, correcting
postural deviations, and helping them return to their former level of fitness
a postural assessment - Participants will learn the
techniques and research based on the Janda Approach; how to analyze how
clients/patients hold their bodies against gravity, identify postural
deviations, identify Tonic and Phasic muscles, and create an individualized
exercise program that will address muscle imbalances and help to correct these
imbalances through the proper combination of stretching and strengthening.
Participants will learn how to use a goniometer to measure joint range of
motion to determine corrective exercise strategies.
1:30-2:00 Cancer terminology and
tumor grading - Participants
will learn the definition of commonly used cancer terminology as well as gain
an understanding of tumor grading.
2:00-3:00 Identification and
prevention of lymphedema and exercise recommendations for lymphedema patients
- Participants will gain a general
understanding of the lymphatic system and how it may be compromised by
radiation and surgery. Participants will learn how to develop a strategic
exercise program and progression with the focus on upper and/or lower extremity
lymph drainage. Participants will learn specific anatomical sites and how to
take baseline measurements to identify any possible swelling that may indicate
the onset of lymphedema.
3:00-4:00 Cancer surgery/treatment
and implications for exercise - The
goal of this section is for participants to demonstrate an understanding of a
variety of cancer treatments and the procedures
of 25 types of cancer, as well as childhood cancer, and how different
surgeries, including breast reconstruction, impact physical mobility. Specific
exercise protocol for correcting muscle imbalances and range of motion
limitations will be addressed and includes exercises for Pilates and Yoga as
well as standard rehabilitative exercise protocol.
4:00 – 5:00 Manual
stretching techniques - Participants will learn the principles, differences,
and techniques of static, PNF, passive, and active isolated stretching.
9:00-9:30 Neurological complications of cancer treatment -
Participants will gain an understanding
of the neurological side-effects associated with metastasis to the brain.
reconstruction and implications for exercise - Participants will gain an understanding of the breast reconstruction
process including implants, expanders, TRAM, LAT, GAP, and DIEP flap
reconstructive procedures and how each of these procedures may affect muscle
balance and range of motion. Corrective exercises will be addressed and include
Pilates and Yoga as well as standard rehabilitative exercise protocol.
Using a Goniometer - Participants
will learn to establish the existing range of motion available in a joint and
compare it to the normal range for that subject. The information will permit
the participants to establish a database for the client/patient. This
information is used to develop goals and a treatment plan to increase range of
motion, minimize pain, and increase functional fitness.
1:30-3:00 Cancer treatment and weight
management - Participants will
learn the effects of treatment on body composition as well as recommendations
for healthy food choices for cancer patients.
3:00-3:30 Working with Medical
Professionals - Participants
will learn how to strategically place themselves as the next step in the health
care continuum following patients’ release from the hospital or therapy.
Participants will learn marketing strategies, self-promotion, advertising, and
networking strategies to establish themselves as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and
receive medical referrals.
3:30-5:00 Case Studies - Participants will address a number of
different case studies that include a variety of types of cancer and
treatments. They will be asked to identify contraindications to surgery,
treatment, and reconstruction, assess lymphedema risk, postural deviations, of
motion limitations, and long-term side-effects that can be avoided or managed
with exercise and diet. Participants will also address emergency procedures,
health history, and medical clearance and establish a comprehensive corrective
exercise program for each case study.
two-day workshop or home study program, participants will take an online
exam. The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions that cover the
book and course content.
must get 80% or better to pass the exam and receive their Cancer Exercise
Specialist Advanced Qualification and listing on our online directory. If
they do not pass the exam, they will be given one opportunity to re-take the exam at no cost. After a
second failed attempt, there will be a $50.00 re-test fee.
This course is approved for 1.7 ACE and 1.6 NASM
workshop hours and 1.9 NASM home study hours