The course is designed to give exercise professionals practical knowledge to allow them to work confidently with clients or class participants with the conditions of arthritis or osteoporosis.

The course covers the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of the most common forms of arthritis. It includes the physiology of osteoporosis, risk factors, screening and treatment.
It explains the importance of appropriate exercise interventions giving students practical programming examples and a clear understanding of what should and shouldn’t be included in an exercise programme for someone with arthritis or osteoporosis.

Course aims and objectives:

  • To provide students with key background knowledge about arthritis and bone health (osteoporosis)
  • To increase their understanding of risk factors and treatment for these conditions
  • To provide information around safe and appropriate exercise options 

Author bio:

As program director for Exercise as Medicine NZ, Kris Tynan works with exercise professionals in how to safely and effectively train people living with common chronic conditions. Her qualifications include: Diploma of PE (Otago University), ACSM, Functional Ageing Institute Specialist Certification, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Energy and Rehabilitation, Cancer Exercise Training Institute (US), Exercise Oncology (Edith Cowan University), and Arthritis and Osteoporosis Essentials (Tasmania).

Kris is the author of The Interactive Instructor and the LOAFFA resource, Leading Older Adults in Fun and Functional Activity, and sits on the advisory board of REPs NZ (Register of Exercise Professionals). In 2012, she was awarded the Exercise NZ award for outstanding contribution to the industry.