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CCOG for FT 202 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
FT 202
Course Title:
Fitness and Aging
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Course Description

Explores physiological aspects of aging as applied to fitness and exercise. Prerequisites: FT 131, (HE 295 and PE 295) or (HPE 295), or instructor approval. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

We will examine the neurological, physiological, and psychological changes occurring during late adulthood, the effects of exercise on aging, and the implications for physical activity programs for the older adult population. The format of this class will be lecture, class discussion, group work, and/or presentations. You are encouraged to ask questions and are expected to actively engage in class discussions.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Apply aging and longevity theories to disease prevention and quality of life recommendations for older adults.
  2. Describe physiology and function changes in human aging and apply to exercise, fitness, and wellness guidelines for older adults.
  3. Analyze trends and scientific research in fitness and aging to educate clients and inform exercise program design for older adults.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Critical analysis and discussion assignments

Summative assessments

Case studies

Research papers


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Apply physiological terms, concepts, and systems from previous coursework to new concepts about exercise physiology for older adults.

2. Describe the profile of aging in America and the aging process.

3. Identify physical and functional changes with aging and their relationship to disease development.

4. Identify cognitive, emotional and social changes that may occur with aging.

5. Describe the benefits of physical activity for older adults.

6. Identify programming considerations and modifications for teaching exercise to older adults.

7. Describe techniques to enhance motivation and adherence among older adults.

8. Discuss ethical and professional issues relevant to working with older adults.

9. Communicate knowledge and demonstrate critical thinking in a succinct, clear, and effective manner through writing, discussions, and oral presentation.