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CMFA: Advanced Concepts

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This 8 week online course is designed for physical therapists and chiropractors with an existing foundation in working with fitness athletes who want to take their treatment and coaching skills to the next level after taking Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete - Essential Foundations. The fitness athlete is already committed to his or her own health and wellness but faces unique problems with lifestyle integration, training program development, and movement dysfunctions that impair performance.

There are two primary objective of this course: First is to dive deep into the performance, coaching, and troubleshooting of the more advanced and complex movements found in the programs of fitness athletes. Examples of such advanced movements would include but will not be limited to: hollow body, kipping, pull ups, muscle ups, and hand stand progressions.

Second is to develop clinicians who have the ability to create programs that minimize injury risk, skillfully modify programming during periods of injury to allow continued training, and market effectively to become the provider of choice for fitness athletes within their communities.

Through online learning, community discussion, and weekly meetings, instructor Dr. Zach Long will connect with the cohort to deliver lecture content and to work through individual case examples as movements and dysfunctions are explored.  The Go To Meeting sessions will give students the ability to ask specific questions and ensure they completely understand all aspects of the material presented each week.

Format

All content (videos, resources, etc) through our online learning platform with discussion facilitated through a private Facebook page. Live video conference calls take place Sunday evenings to discuss each week's content and dive deeper into the material. Attendance at the Sunday sessions is certainly encouraged however all sessions are recorded and made available to be viewed whenever is convenient for the learner. At no point throughout the class is it mandatory that you are available at a set time, so there should be minimal interruption to your work and life schedule.

Please Note

Our online courses require active participation to be awarded credit which may include reading, homework assignments, and quizzes. We do not allow students to “drop back” to preceding cohorts due to inability to complete work assigned except under extraordinary circumstances. ICE faculty have the final decision in allowing a “drop back” but students are only allowed one “drop back” per course. Failure to complete the course on your 2nd attempt will not yield CEU credit. All courses allow for a 7-day grace period after course conclusion to receive CEU credit.

Schedule

Week 1

  • Advanced Programming

Week 2

  • Periodization of Programming

Week 3

  • CrossFit Programming

Week 4

  • Olympic Weightlifting

Week 5

  • Gymnastics

Week 6

  • Mobility Programming

Week 7

  • Injury Modifications

Week 8

  • Business Principles

Course Objectives

  • Course participants will understand how to write fitness programs with the goal of muscle hypertrophy and/or strength
  • Course participants will learn the basic methodology of CrossFit training, as well as how to write constant varied, functional fitness programs
  • Course participants will learn to write accessory mobility programs to help functional fitness athletes improve their movement capacity
  • Course participants will learn how to modify physical activity when athletes are injured to help them maximize fitness without delaying the rehab process
  • Course participants will learn to analyze advanced Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics movements commonly performed by functional fitness athletes

Upcoming CMFA: Advanced Concepts Courses