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With new research findings and continuously evolving training techniques, it is vital that trainers stay on top of the dynamic health and fitness training industry to be successful in the personal training profession. As part of your NCSF personal training certification the NCSF requires all Certified Personal Trainers complete ten CEU’s over a two year period to maintain certified status. The NCSF offers certified professionals the option of participating in any number of NCSF CEU courses to fulfill the continuing education requirement and maintain an updated knowledge base.
Soccer Anatomy takes an inside look at the world’s most popular sport. Learn how to elevate your game by increasing strength, speed, and agility for more accurate passes and powerful shots.
The program includes 79 exercises, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. Illustrations of the active muscles involved in kicking, heading, tackling and diving show you how each exercise is fundamentally linked to soccer performance.
From attacking to defending to goalkeeping, Soccer Anatomy will help improve every aspect of your game. You will learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas based on your style of play, personal needs and applicable goals. Prepare for competition by minimizing injuries using a system developed by FIFA’s medical research program.
Combining authoritative advice, expert instruction, and stunning four-color illustration, this course is truly an inside look at this one-of-a-kind sport.
Golf Anatomy is the ideal course for professionals working with clients wishing to improve their performance on the golf course. The program includes 72 of the most effective exercises, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting muscles in action. Additionally, you will be exposed to activities designed to improve mobility, stability, body awareness, muscle strength along with injury-prevention exercises for the lower back, elbows, wrists, shoulders, and hips.
Learn what it takes to improve consistency and performance on the course by increasing strength, power, and range of motion for longer drives and more accurate shots.
The Championship Triathlon Training Course teaches you the advanced conditioning and programming concepts used by today’s elite triathletes. Within this program you will learn how to incorporate physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and injury prevention into your regimen in order to address the specific needs and demands of competition. Specifically, all of the following topics will be addressed:
The Athletic Fitness for Kids continuing education course educates fitness professionals on how to develop and enhance athletic skills for young athletes using a fun, self-directed, and self-tested system. The course is designed to teach professionals game like activities aimed at helping young athletes develop in seven key components related to athletic performance:
The NCSF Strength Band Training continuing education course presents fitness professionals with over 160 exercises and predefined fitness and sport-specific workouts for endurance, power, and rotational sports. The program illustrates how strength bands aid in the development of strength, speed, and power and provide benefit to individuals of varying needs and abilities.
The course is designed to teach you how to apply resistance in multiple planes of motion to simulate sport-specific demands, improve core stability, and assist in injury prevention or recovery.
The Client-Centered Exercise Prescription continuing education course teaches fitness professionals how to develop exercise programs for each of their client’s unique and changing needs. The programming models presented include activity counseling, cardiovascular conditioning, resistance training, weight management, exercise design, and program demonstration and modification, as well as the much-neglected area of assessment and treatment for muscle balance. The program explains the vital role that muscle balance plays in maintaining musculoskeletal health and teaches how to recognize and treat muscle imbalance before it causes serious damage. Reproducible worksheets—ranging from informational forms for clients to checklists and prescription cards for professionals—facilitate the use of the models to make exercise prescription easy and precise.
The step-by-step programming models include information on activity counseling as well as client motivation and address the following issues:
The Client-Centered Exercise Prescription course is an outstanding resource for all professionals interested in learning to prescribe exercise for each client’s unique and changing needs. The course clearly presents a unique, personalized approach to prescribing exercise and to helping clients adopt, enjoy, and maintain active lifestyles.
The NCSF Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness CEU course was developed by top sport and conditioning experts that present the best information on testing, techniques, drills, and training programs available to maximize athletes’ innate movement capabilities. This textbook and DVD video combination allow you to see exactly how to perform key tests and execute the best and most complex drills to improve athletic performance. The course includes sample training programs for numerous sports and contains 195 drills, many of which are fully illustrated, while the most complex drills and useful tests to track athletic skills and progress are featured on the DVD.
The NCSF Sports Injuries continuing education course addresses over 130 common injuries that affect the clientele of the practicing personal trainer. The course provides detailed descriptions of common causes, injury identification cues, explanation of symptoms, full-color anatomical illustrations, treatment options, and a plan for returning to action quickly and safely. The course was developed with the input of 25 leading sports physicians and therapists and contains additional coverage on conditioning, body maintenance, and nutrition to assist in injury management
The NCSF Fitness Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs course delivers state-of-the-art nutritional information pertaining to a variety of these special populations with distinctive dietary needs. This detailed program provides scientifically based nutrition guidelines for a wide range of physically active clients—including vegetarians, pregnant and menopausal women, persons with eating disorders and disordered eating, children and adolescents, older adults, persons with diabetes, and participants in weight-restricted sports. The course teaches professionals how to guide their clients in proper eating for optimal exercise performance, and it recognizes when a client needs to be referred to a registered dietitian for further nutritional consult.
The Back Stability course is designed to help Personal Trainers recognize and manage back conditions using proven clinical approaches to stabilize the spine. More than just another sequence of back exercises, the Back Stability course provides a theoretical foundation that will guide you in selecting the most effective exercises for each client and integrating them into a complete program to offer the best possible care in back health.
A focus on evidence-based practice pervades the program to address one of the most common maladies of modern living: back pain. The program combines research from around the world in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor skill training.
The movements in competitive weightlifting – the snatch, clean, jerk, and other variations – can develop a more powerful athlete, no matter what the sport. The Explosive Lifting for Sports continuing education course shows how to incorporate these exercises into your own sports training program.
The course demonstrates the safest, most effective learning progressions for the snatch, clean, jerk, pulling assistance exercises, squat, and other key lifts. In-depth instructions for each lift allow you to safely master movement technique in a step-by-step fashion and develop the strength, power, and speed necessary for high level athletic performance. Included are specific power development programs for 10 different power sports: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, hockey, track and field, wrestling, racket sports, and competitive weightlifting.
Olympic style lifting is an essential element in any sports performance program and mastery of these movements aid in developing whole-body power, which in turn allows for improvements on the field or on the court.
Functional Testing in Human Performance offers professionals the first-ever compilation of information on clinical and data-based functional testing for sport, exercise, and occupational settings. This unique program serves as a primary resource for accurate assessment of individuals’ functional abilities in order to develop program prescriptions to enhance their performance.
The Functional Testing in Human Performance course defines the role of function in physical performance and how it can be appropriately tested. Especially helpful for personal trainers, the program explains testing criteria, testing terms relevant to research, and selecting the most appropriate test and testing sequence. Common testing mistakes are also presented as well as pitfalls to avoid when assessing. The course also includes case studies that illustrate a variety of situations—including testing for a client recovering from a lower-extremity injury, discussing preseason testing for a large group of athletes, and presenting the study of a client in an occupational setting. These cases include detailed statistical analysis and normative data, offering trainers the opportunity to consider the application of functional testing and implementation strategies adaptable to their specific practice setting.
Resistance Training Instruction: Trunk is a continuing education course that focuses on strengthening and developing the trunk and core musculature. The core muscles, or what is oftentimes referred to as “the inner unit” work interdependently with the outer abdominal and oblique musculature to stabilize the spine and produce a variety of movements. The program demonstrates how to correctly perform and instruct numerous resistance and physioball exercises to strengthen the core muscles and trunk region.
The Strength Ball Training CEU course examines the use of training balls in the development of strength, power, coordination, balance, and core stability. The use of exercise balls allows individuals to train the body as a linked system rather than targeting muscles in isolation.
The Bosu Strength and Athletic Conditioning for Personal Trainers continuing education course provides you with the opportunity to learn movement skills, exercises and drills that will help develop high levels of functional strength and power, dynamic flexibility and balance, as well as agility. Using a Bosu and a variety of other equipment, this continuing education course shows you how to develop strength and improve overall functionality and athleticism in your clients.
4.5 NCSF CEUs | 9 CDR CPEs
Facilitated Stretching provides trainers with a useful approach to incorporating PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching into their clients training programs. The course uses a regional approach to presenting muscle group functions around specific joints. You will learn how to stretch each major muscle in the body, both individually and in groups. In addition, you will discover how to appropriately use group pattern stretches to improve flexibility and coordination and individual muscle stretches to relax tight muscles and break up adhesions within or between muscles. Instruction is provided for using the techniques on your own or with a partner and includes the following:
More than 350 photographs showing the progression of stretches enrich the book while the 60-minute DVD demonstrates the stretches and strengthening exercises in even more detail. Icons are featured throughout the text, indicating which exercises are demonstrated on the DVD. A unique binding also allows you to lay the book flat while performing the exercises without losing your place. The DVD serves as a great visual tool for improving your technique and getting the most out of your routines.
Great athletes make difficult moves look effortless with a combination of skill, strength, and balance. Traditional conditioning builds a fitness base, but modern sports training takes into account athletic movement patterns. The Athletic Body in Balance course is the first of its kind to show you how to train for smooth, fluid movement and prevent muscle imbalances, mobility restrictions, stability problems, and injuries.
The Athletic Body in Balance program focuses on exposing deficiencies in order to form a foundation for long-term training gains. The course teaches you to identify functional weaknesses; correct imbalances; explore your potential; and refine sport-specific movement skills such as jumping, kicking, cutting, and turning. You will see where conditioning is breaking down and how to get your body back on track.
Plyometrics is an essential part of strength and conditioning programs for the top athletes in nearly every sport. High-Powered Plyometrics provides the most systematic, comprehensive, and practical study of plyometrics available and can give you performance gains you never thought possible through 77 advanced exercises for explosive sports training.
High-Powered Plyometrics takes you step-by-step through high-level plyometric training, beginning with an understanding of the principles of how and why plyometrics works. It details proper training techniques and equipment, safety and injury prevention, and targeted training drills to develop your lower, middle, and upper body. You also get advanced tips to take you to the elite stages of training with discussions on periodization, long-term planning, and progression training. More than 360 textbook photo illustrations as well as supporting video instruction provide 77 exercises to increase lower-, middle-, and upper-body power. Exercise descriptions and intensity guidelines provide step-by-step instructions to ensure correct technique and proper workload.
3 NCSF CEUs | 6 CDR CPEs
From football to tennis, track and field to volleyball, speed is a critical component of every athlete’s repertoire. Even recreational athletes often desire to increase speed. However, the proper way to design a safe and effective speed-training program is uncommon knowledge. Speed for Sports Performance will instruct fitness professionals in the proper way to assess and increase reaction time, technique, stride, mobility, and first-step explosiveness ultimately leading to increases in acceleration, maximum speed, and endurance. The different phases of the season within the calendar year are taken into consideration and exercises to decrease recovery time from/prevent injury are also explained.
3 NCSF CEUs | 6 CDR CPEs
Successful athletes must demonstrate good technique, proper conditioning, and a strong competitive spirit to execute winning performances. But one factor that decisively separates elite athletes from the rest of the pack is their ability to produce explosive, powerful efforts on demand. Generating the necessary power is only possible through an effective, multi-faceted power-training program designed to develop, enhance, and harness athletic power. Power for Sports Performance provides the tools to build a program for your needs, your sport, and your goals.
3 NCSF CEUs | 6 CDR CPEs
This new DVD course moves fitness professionals through a series of self-assessments, which allows for identification of areas requiring improvement and establishes a baseline for a flexibility program. Additionally, the program will identify exercise techniques designed to avoid injury and optimize muscle function on the court, field, course, track, mat, or in the water.