Fitness Interventions in Recreation Therapy

*This course has been pre-approved by NCTRC for 5 clock hours.

This course provides an overview of using fitness as a Recreation Therapy intervention in multiple workplace settings, covering all areas of the APIED process. The course explores the need for physical activity among those living with a disability diagnoses and includes example exercises, equipment, adaptations utilized for specific populations, safety and risk considerations, and resources for additional study. At the completion of this course, participants will need to pass an exam with a minimum score of 70%. Participants must complete the course within 365 days of starting the course to receive a completion certificate.

Course Objectives

  • The learner will be able to identify at least 3 barriers to physical activity among those with disabilities and identify solutions to remove barriers.

  • The learner will be able to identify exercises, modifications, and assistive equipment associated with the 4 fitness components effective at improving health.

  • The learner will be able to identify at least 1 assessment measure to utilize pre- and post- RT fitness program.

  • The learner will be able to identify at least 3 safety considerations during the implementation process of the RT fitness program.

Jennifer Bell, M.S., CTRS/LRT, CIFT

Instructor Bio:

Jennifer Bell, M.S., a nationally certified and North Carolina licensed Recreation Therapist and NCHPAD and ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer currently serves as a Program Specialist at ACCESS of Wilmington ( teaching adapted and inclusive fitness classes to 179+ youth and adults living with disabilities. Previously working as a Recreation Therapist in physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, community adapted sports, and long-term care settings, Jennifer has a passion for removing barriers and ensuring all have access to physical activity and health promotion opportunities.

Jennifer Bell, M.S., CTRS/LRT, CIFT

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