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Earn the Youth Fitness Specialist Certificate

The NYSHSI/ACSM Youth Fitness Specialist Certificate online course is designed for professionals who want to better understand the unique exercise physiology and needs of children and young athletes.  

The course draws from the text ACSM's Essentials of Youth Fitness and comprises three parts divided into a total of 16 modules, with the end goal of providing course-takers with the information they need to help youth of all ages and abilities participate in evidence-based training programs. 

ACSM’s Essentials of Youth Fitness e-book will be used as the primary resource for the course and for the certificate exam at the end of the course. The e-book is included in the price of the course. 
Who should take this course? Students (both undergraduate and graduate), fitness professionals, coaches, youth sports administrators, parents, teachers and healthcare providers. 

Authors of the ACSM/NYSHSI Youth Fitness Specialist certificate course and ACSM’s Essentials of Youth Fitness: Avery D. Faigenbaum, Rhodri S. Lloyd, and Jon L. Oliver. 
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What will you learn?

Course Sections 

Part 1 – Fundamental Concepts 
• Physical Activity and Children’s Health  
• Principles of Pediatric Exercise Science  
• Growth, Maturation, and Physical Fitness  
• Long-Term Athlete Development  
• Pedagogy for Youth Fitness Specialists  
Part 2 – Youth Fitness Development 
• Assessing Youth Fitness  
• Dynamic Warm-Up and Flexibility  
• Motor Skill Training  
• Strength and Power Training  
• Speed and Agility Training  
• Aerobic and Anaerobic Training  
• Integrative Program Design  
Part 3 – Contemporary Issues 
• Young Athletes and Sport Participation  
• Exercise for Overweight and Obese Youth  
• Exercise for Youth with Selected Clinical Conditions  
• Nutrition for Youth

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