Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
The AFLCA has been working with Alberta Education to offer Alberta’s secondary students the opportunity to take a variety of courses which will allow them to become an AFLCA certified fitness leader.
The new program is titled Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and it will help high school students to:
* develop skills they can apply in daily living now and in the future
* investigate career options and make effective career choices
* use technology (processes, tools and techniques) effectively and efficiently
* apply and reinforce learnings developed in other subject areas
* prepare for entry into the workplace or further learning.
This course gives students interested in pursuing fitness and health as a career, the opportunity to learn and experience the role of a fitness leader. Students will have the opportunity to obtain AFLCA certification upon completion.
To set up a course please contact your Consortium.
Topics of Instruction
CTS topics will include exercise theory such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, training and conditioning, leadership basics, and nutrition, as well as specialized practical areas such as group exercise, resistance training, aquatic exercise or fitness for the older adult.
- Group Exercise covers topics specific to leading group exercise classes. Included are: a exercise theory review, exercise analysis, class components, music, movement and cueing, trends and equipment, leadership, and special populations.
- Resistance Training covers topics such as leading, shaping, toning, circuit, introductory weight training programs, monitoring fitness centre, and/or weight room orientation. Also included: techniques and precautions, exercise analysis, design, anatomy program design, specialty background, safety considerations, training methods, nutrition and drugs and resistance training with women, older adults and youth.
- Aquatic Exercise covers topics specific to leading classes in water. i.e.: use of equipment, pool organization, principles of water, effects on body movement, safety in the water environment, use of music, and special populations.
- Fitness for the Older Adult covers topics specific to leading exercise classes for the aging population. i.e: an overview of the changes which occur in the body as it ages and the considerations required when planning and leading fitness classes for older adults. Topics covered include: nutrition, physiology of aging, sociology of aging, common disorders, and risk management.
- Ever Active Adults covers topics specific to developing active living strategies for the aging population residing in seniors’ facilities. Topics include: safety considerations, special conditions, exercise class design, outdoor active living opportunities, and tapping into the community.
- Ever Active Kids covers topics specific to developing exercise programs for children and youth. Topics include: children and adolescent development, exercise and activity adoption, adherence and attrition, how children differ from adults physically, psychologically, socially, morally, implications when designing activities and programs, motivation theories, children and youth physical activity patterns, leadership, and instructional aspects.
Teachers: To set up a course please contact your Consortium.
Teacher Training Course
Teachers with the appropriate background will need to attend an AFLCA Teacher Training course.
– background in physical education (BPE/BKin), BEd with Physical Activity course work)
– AFLCA certification or completion of the AFLCA courses would be an asset
– knowledge of fitness leadership or fitness classes would be beneficial