• State College High School



    Advanced Personal Training

    & Clinical Rehab


    INSTRUCTOR:  Jennifer L. Reed, DPT, ATC, Cert. MDT, ACSM CPT

    E-MAIL ADDRESS:  jlr42@scasd.org

    PHONE: 814-272-8774


    American College of Sports Medicine (2010).  ACSM’s Resource for the Personal Trainer. (3rd. Edition). Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Baltimore, MD. 



    Scoodle and Google docs will be used to post presentations notes, homework, assignments, fact sheets, and other miscellaneous course items. 

    PubMed/MEDLINE & CINAHL, on-line health care databases, may be used and can  be accessed from school or home through the Scoodle link or the school library site.

    Additionally, videos and teaching material from YouTube and other sources may be used.   Please understand that healthcare footage/images may be considered graphic by some individuals-this is the nature of medicine and part of this course.



    1.  Describe the current state of the fitness industry as it  applies to personal training.

    2.  Identify professional career paths, environments, and options for personal trainers.

    3.  Introduce the ACSM, available certifications, and CPT certification exam process.

    4.  Provide an overview of anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal system.

    5.  Explain the underlying biomechanical and kinesiologic principles of human movement.

    6.  Identify the key terms used to describe body position and movement.

    7.  Describe the specific structures, movement patterns, ROM, muscles, and common injuries for each major joint of the body.

    8.  Introduce the concept of  first, second, and third-class levers

    9.  Describe the mechanical concepts of linear/angular work and  linear/angular power, and torque

    10. Describe the concept of ground reaction forces

    11.  Provide the opportunity and or information for CPR certification (required for CPT exam)

    12.  Introduce cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology and the relationship to exercise training

    13.  Identify key elements that the body reacts  and adapts to with exercise stimulus

    14.  Understand the functions of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and hydration in health and performance

    15.  Know the essential elements of energy balance as it relates to weight control, body composition, and performance

    16.  Understand issues related to nutrient supplementation, hydration and eating for performance

    17.  Understand the critical attributes for providing exceptional customer service and hospitality

    18.  Become familiar with the client-centered approach to health and fitness coaching

    19.  Understand the components of the initial client consultation

    20.  Identify and describe appropriate client screening components and processes

    21.  Provide resources and templates for the screening process

    22. Demonstrate and practice basic health-related physical fitness assessments common to the field of personal training (body composition/CV/muscular)

    23.  Understand  exercise program design elements & sequencing (resistance/cardiorespiratory/flexibility)

    24.  Learn  exercise program modifications for special populations (DM, obesity, pregnancy, HTN)

    25.  Understand the predictable stages of behavior change.


    COURSE EVALUATION: Exams/Quizzes 25%

    Completion of Proficiency Log 20%

    Homework/Projects/Presentations 25%

    Meaningful Participation/Notetaking 10%

    Internship/Personal Training/Rehab Hours 20%

    Midterm/Final (discretion of instructor, 10% of grade if have one)



    A+ = 98-100%

    A = 92-97%

    A- = 90-91%

    B+ = 88-89%

    B = 82-87

    B- = 80-81%

    C+ = 78-79%

    C = 72-77%

    C- = 70-71%

    D+ = 68-69%

    D = 62-67%

    D- = 60-61%



    Introduction to the profession of Personal Training and the ACSM

    Anatomy & Kinesiology of Movement

    Applied Biomechanics

    Exercise Physiology

    Nutrition & Human Performance ( now part of JSWellness/Sports Nutrition component)

    Initial Client Consultation, Risk Stratification & Screening

    Fitness Assessments

    Program Design & Sequencing (Resistance/Cardiorespiratory/Flexibility)

    Special Populations

    Behavior Modification

    Personal Trainer- Client Relationship

    The Business & Ethics of Personal Training



    1.   MISSED ASSIGNMENTS/EXAMS etc.   Prior permission must be granted by the instructor if an exam/quiz/assignment cannot be taken/turned in on the designated date.  Any exam or quiz missed without prior permission (not the same as notification) or excused absence cannot be made up and will count as a "0".  Late assignments without an excused absence or prior arrangements will be assessed a 50% penalty and must be turned in at the next attended class meeting.  After 2-missed turn in opportunities, the assignment receives an automatic “0”.  **It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to make arrangements with the instructor within 2 days of return to school for all make-up work.  Assignments/exams, etc must be made up in the time frame of the instructor’s discretion.**

    2. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner and is a basic guiding principle for all academic work.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.

    **Instances of academic dishonesty will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may result in disciplinary actions, ranging from a failed grade for that instance to failure of the course.


    3.  BEHAVIOR:  Failure to respect the following may result in item confiscation or disciplinary action.   Any material for missed class time as a result of an infraction that day will be the student’s responsibility to obtain.

    • Cell phones and digital media, etc. will be turned off and stored off the desk and student’s body unless designated by the instructor as use for learning purposes.  (you may NOT wear headphones in class without permission)

    • Be on time for class.

    • Assigned readings and sleep should be done prior to class, not in it.

    • Presentations are expected to be professional in attire & delivery

    • Respect all lab equipment & handle it with care

    • Do not remove equipment from the classroom without permission


    ~The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus in content & policy.

Last Modified on October 30, 2018