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Senior Fitness Test Print CE Course-2nd Edition

Senior Fitness Test Print CE Course-2nd Edition

$149.00 USD

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    Print Course

    Course components are delivered as printed products: Senior Fitness Test, Second Edition Print CE Course, leads you through the Senior Fitness Test battery, a set of field assessments for evaluating physical attributes that older adults need in order to perform daily activities. Included in the test are national norms based on data collected from 7,000 adults ages 60 to 94 and expanded information on modifying test protocols for individuals with limitations resulting from disease-specific conditions. The DVD presents visual demonstrations of each test, along with modifications. Included with this continuing education course are ready-to-use materials, such as reproducible forms, large-print instructions to post in testing stations, and large versions of performance charts.

    After completing the Senior Fitness Test, Second Edition course, you will be able to do the following:
    • Identify the fitness parameters required for functional mobility.
    • Describe functional activities associated with muscle strength, aerobic endurance, flexibility, and agility and dynamic balance.
    • Recognize the functional fitness framework as it relates to fitness parameters, functional behaviors, and activity goals.
    • Describe test validity and reliability.
    • Interpret test scores.
    At the conclusion of the course, students will take a continuing education exam to receive credit through participating organizations.

    Course Objectives
    • Recognize the importance of physical activity as one ages.
    • Discuss the history and rationale for the development of the Senior Fitness Test.
    • List four unique qualities of the Senior Fitness Test.
    • Discuss ways to use the Senior Fitness Test in professional practice.
    • Identify the fitness parameters required for functional mobility.
    • Describe the modified Nagi Disability Model that includes lifestyle and physical inactivity.
    • Identify criteria used in the development of the Senior Fitness Tests and protocols.
    • Describe functional activities associated with muscle strength, aerobic endurance, flexibility, agility, and dynamic balance.
    • Recognize the functional fitness framework as it relates to fitness parameters, functional behaviors, and activity goals.
    • Describe test validity and reliability.
    • Identify validity and reliability evidence for the SFT items.
    • Differentiate between norm-referenced standards and criterion-reference standards.
    • Identify criteria used in selecting SFT items.
    • Discuss percentile norms.
    • Identify important pretest procedures and considerations.
    • List contraindications for participating in the Senior Fitness Tests.
    • Administer the seven Senior Fitness Test items.
    • Recognize the protocol for each Senior Fitness Test items.
    • Plan the test stations in regard to test order and equipment needs.
    • List the purpose of each Senior Fitness Test.
    • Record the score of each Senior Fitness Test.
    • Discuss guidelines for group testing.
    • Interpret test scores.
    • Read the performance tables and charts.
    • Use test results to provide feedback to participants.
    • Identify four steps to help people change activity behaviors.
    • Outline educational tips to help motivate clients to increase their physical activity.
    • Identify five criteria to consider in recommending specific exercise plans to improve clients’ performance and physical activity.
    • Outline published physical activity and exercise guidelines that apply to older adults.
    • Provide specific recommendations for increasing lifestyle physical activity.
    • Provide specific recommendations for physical activity and exercises designed to help improve SFT scores.
    • Recommend exercises that improve strength, flexibility, agility, and balance.
    Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:


    A continuing education course for physical activity instructors working with older adults in fitness settings, including senior wellness centers, assisted living facilities, and retirement residences.

    Table of Contents

    Course Syllabus
    Correspondence Materials
    Criteria for Successful Completion
    Study Guide

    Chapter 1. Fitness Testing in Later Years
    Chapter 2. The Senior Fitness Test
    Chapter 3. The Validity, Reliability, Percentile Norms and Criterion-Referenced Performance Standards
    Chapter 4. Test Administration
    Chapter 5. Test Results
    Chapter 6. Exercise Recommendations for Older Adults

    Self-Check Quiz Answer Keys
    Exam Answer Key
    Course Evaluation
    Certificate Information

    Book Table of Contents
    How to Use This Manual
    Chapter 1. Fitness Testing in Later Years: Recognizing Unique Needs of Older Adults
    Importance of Fitness and Fitness Testing in Later Years
    Rationale for Developing the SFT
    Unique Qualities of the SFT
    Uses of the SFT
    History of the SFT—A Decade of Use

    Chapter 2. The Senior Fitness Test: Defining Functional Fitness Parameters
    Conceptual Background
    Functional Fitness Parameters
    Test Selection Criteria
    Overview of Test Items

    Chapter 3. Test Validity, Reliability, Percentile Norms, and Criterion-Referenced Performance Standards: Identifying Relevant Fitness Measures for Older Adults
    Percentile norms
    Criterion-referenced functional fitness standards

    Chapter 4. Test Administration: Establishing Consistent Testing Protocols
    Pretest Procedures and Considerations
    Administering the Tests
    Guidelines for Group Testing

    Chapter 5. Test Results: Interpreting and Using Feedback to Motivate and Improve Performance
    Interpreting Test Scores
    Methods of Providing Feedback to Participants
    Using Test Results to Motivate Participants

    Chapter 6. Exercise Recommendations for Older Adults: Improving Senior Fitness Test Scores
    Physical Activity and Exercise Guidelines for Older Adults
    Lifestyle Exercise
    Guidelines for Structured Exercise to Improve SFT Scores
    Exercises to Improve Strength, Flexibility, Agility, and Balance
    Appendix A. Informed Consent and Assumption of Liability
    Appendix B. Medical Clearance Form
    Appendix C. Participant Instructions Before Assessment
    Appendix D. Scorecard
    Appendix E. Accident Report Form
    Appendix F. BMI Conversion Chart
    Appendix G. Station Signs for Posting
    Appendix H. Age-Group Percentile Norms
    Appendix I. Personal Profile Form
    Appendix J. Performance Charts
    Appendix K. Personal Goals and Activity Plans
    Appendix L. Activity Record
    Appendix M. Normal Range of Scores
    Appendix N. Functional Fitness Standards for Older Adults
    Appendix O. Measurement Conversions

    About the Authors
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    About the Author

    Roberta E. Rikli, PhD, is professor and chair of the division of kinesiology and health promotion at California State University in Fullerton and is cofounder of the LifeSpan Wellness Program at Fullerton. For the past 20 years, Dr. Rikli has done extensive work in physical performance assessment with particular focus on senior fitness. She has published numerous scientific papers on her work and has made more than 100 presentations at conferences and workshops in the United States, Germany, France, Finland, China, and Japan. She serves on the editorial boards of three scientific journals and is a regular reviewer for several others.

    She holds professional memberships in numerous organizations, including the International Society for Aging and Physical Activity; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); and the American Academy for Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Rikli lives in Orange, California, and enjoys hiking and playing tennis and golf.

    C. Jessie Jones, PhD, is a professor in the division of kinesiology and health promotion, director of the Lifespan Wellness Clinic, codirector of the Center for Successful Aging, and past director of gerontology programs at California State University at Fullerton (CSUF) and University of New Orleans. She has an extensive background in gerontology, health, and exercise science.

    Professor Jones is nationally and internationally known in the field of exercise science and aging for her research, program design, and curriculum development. She has received several research grants exceeding $1 million, and her work has been published in numerous professional journals and cited in more than 100 popular newspapers and magazines. Dr. Jones has conducted over 100 professional presentations at conferences across the United States and abroad, including China, Taiwan, France, and Germany. Most recently, she has coauthored two books and videos on senior fitness assessment and programming, has coauthored a balance and mobility training manual and video, and is editing a textbook to prepare senior fitness specialists.

    In addition to her extensive research agenda, Dr. Jones has received distinguished awards for her research, teaching, and community service, including the Distinguished Faculty Award for the College of Human Development and Community Service. Dr. Jones is currently investigating the long-term effectiveness of a community-based balance and mobility training program in 18 senior centers.


    "A useful system to service the predominant senior population. Thank you!"

    L. Hanson—Fort Myers, FL

    “I will use this knowledge to work with seniors and help them set goals and know those goals are achievable."

    P. Taylor—Spartanburg, SC

    "I will be able to test the senior group at work and get them to have increased mobility."

    T. Linn—Millfield, OH