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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Part I: Risk Assessment and Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

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Part I: Risk Assessment and Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology     $74.88

This lecture is part of the following course:
Assessment of Exercise Tolerance for Development of Safe Exercise Prescription


This course discusses the risk factors for disease, as well as an introduction to exercise physiology, to assist the learner in assessment of individuals prior to developing an exercise program. The risk factors that are discussed include risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart failure, pulmonary disease, deep vein thrombosis, diabetes and falls. The introduction to exercise physiology includes a discussion of anaerobic versus aerobic metabolism and the components involved, as well as the effects of medications and diet on anaerobic and aerobic metabolism.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 2.50


Difficulty: Intermediate


The purposes of this lecture are:

  • To enable the practitioner to improve their ability to assess their patients’ risk for disease, in order to develop safe exercise programs.
  • To provide the practitioner with an overview of the fundamentals of exercise physiology for assessing exercise tolerance.
Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify five types of cardiovascular disease that can lead to death.
  2. Discuss at least five risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  3. Evaluate physical therapy patients for their risk of cardiovascular disease.
  4. Discuss the risk factors for pulmonary disease, deep vein thrombosis, heart failure, diabetes and falls, as well as the importance for identifying these factors prior to developing exercise programs for their patients/clients.
  5. Demonstrate at least three assessments of cardiovascular risk, including the American Heart Association Heart Score and the Wells Clinical Prediction Guide for DVT.
  6. Compare and contrast anaerobic metabolism versus aerobic metabolism.
  7. Design exercise programs to utilize and train both anaerobic and aerobic metabolisms.
  8. Discuss at least three factors that either enhance or hinder the utilization of energy for exercise.
  9. Discuss basic nutritional components that may affect a patient’s exercise performance.
  10. Apply information learned to case examples that they might see in their clinical practice.
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