Other Areas:

American College of Sports Medicine

and The American Cancer Society


Candidate Profile

College students, professionals in the fitness field, individuals in a community or fitness setting without a degree

Work Setting

Community/ public health settings, health clubs, corporate fitness centers, university recreation centers

Scope Of Practice(abridged)

Works with people with a disability who are healthy or have medical clearance to exercise and were referred or currently under the care of a physician or healthcare professional. Leads and demonstrates safe, effective and adapted methods of exercise. Writes adapted exercise recommendations, understands precautions and contraindications to exercise for people with disabilities and is aware of current ADA policy for recreation facilities and standards for accessible facility design.

Performs appropriate fitness assessments and makes exercise recommendations for clients who have been cleared by their physician for independent physical activity.

Recommended Competencies

A CIFT is a fitness professional who assesses, develops and implements an individualized exercise program for persons with a physical, sensory or cognitive disability, who are healthy or have medical clearance to perform independent physical activity. CIFT professionals hold a current NCCA-accredited health/fitness certification and CPR and AED certifications. In addition to knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise testing and programming, a CIFT has knowledge in inclusive facility design and awareness of social inclusion for people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Additionally the ACSM / NCPAD CIFT demonstrates and leads safe, effective and adapted methods of exercise; writes adapted exercise recommendations, understands precautions and contraindications to exercise for people with disabilities; is aware of current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy specific to recreation facilities (U.S. Access Board Guidelines) and standards for accessible facility design and can utilize motivational techniques and provide appropriate instruction to individuals with disabilities to enable them begin and continue healthy lifestyles.

Competency Areas

%

Exercise Prescription and Programming 20%
Health Appraisal, Fitness and Clinical Exercise Testing 15%
Exercise Physiology and Related Exercise Science 18%
Clinical and Medical Considerations 11%
Safety, Injury Prevention, and Emergency Procedures 11%
Human Behavior and Counseling 10%
Disabilities Awareness 10%
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Facility Design 5%

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