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This continuing education course and exam will help personal trainers assist their breast cancer recovery clients in building confidence and regaining function through the specialized therapeutic exercises.
Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:
Continuing education exam
Assist your breast cancer recovery clients as they build confidence and regain function through the specialized therapeutic exercises offered under your care. Understand how to safely work muscle groups affected by treatment and surgery and how to support the physical and emotional recovery of your clients.
Identify risk factors associated with breast cancer.
Outline methods used to detect and diagnose breast cancer.
Name the relevant anatomy affected by breast cancer surgery.
Identify the major types of surgery for breast cancer.
Discuss the side effects of both local and systemic treatments.
Discuss the major physical and psychological problems faced by breast cancer survivors.
Outline realistic and attainable exercise goals for this population.
Plan a safe exercise program based on client assessment of needs for women undergoing treatment and women posttreatment.
Outline precautions and contraindications to exercise and criteria for termination of exercise.
Identify professional responsibilities of fitness professionals when working with clients with breast cancer.
Locate relevant information through local, regional, and national resources identified in the manual.
Chapter 1. Breast Cancer
Types of Breast Cancer
Stages of Breast Cancer
Who Gets Breast Cancer and What Are the Risk Factors?
Male Breast Cancer
Chapter 2. Management of Side Effects
Sleep and Rest
Osteoporosis and Fracture Risk
Anxiety and Depression
Body Image and Self-Esteem
Exercise After Surgery
Exercise During Chemotherapy
Exercise During Radiotherapy
Chapter 3. Anatomy
Muscles of the Shoulder Girdle
Chapter 4. Physical Activity and Cancer Research
Exercise Is Safe
Other Beneficial Effects of Exercise
Chapter 5. Exercise Program Design
Goals of Breast Cancer Recovery Exercise
Components of an Exercise Program
Re-entry to exercise
Termination of Exercise
Chapter 6. Breast Cancer Recovery Exercises
Level 1 Recovery
Level 2 Recovery
Level 3 Recovery
Postoperative Exercise Recommendations
Chapter 7. Professional Responsibilities
Scope of Practice
Health Screening for Physical Activity
Establishing Physician Contact
Appendix A. Commonly Prescribed Drugs for Breast Cancer Appendix B. Client Contract Appendix C. Assessment and Monitoring Tools
A continuing education course for personal trainers working with clients diagnosed with breast cancer or breast cancer survivors.
Anna Schwartz, ARNP, PhD, FAAN, is an author, researcher, educator, and advanced-practice nurse practitioner. She is the Scottsdale Healthcare Research endowed chair and serves as an associate research professor at Arizona State University. She is president of Coleman Health and Wellness where she directs Horses Providing Hope and Healing, a nonprofit horse therapy program for cancer survivors and at-risk youth.
Schwartz’s career achievements include research to improve the quality of life of cancer patients through physical activity and symptom management. The National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Nursing Research, Department of Defense, and Oncology Nursing Foundation have funded her research. She recently published Cancer Fitness: Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors, a culmination of years of research that gives cancer patients a scientifically based program for physical activity and symptom management. She has also been published in more than 25 journals and publications and has authored or coauthored seven book chapters.
Schwartz was an elite competitive cyclist, setting three world records. She has coached more than 120 cyclists and triathletes to national and world titles. In 2003, she came out of cycling retirement to become a member of the 2003 Tour of Hope Team that rode from Los Angeles to Washington DC in seven days to raise awareness about cancer research. She lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, where she raises quarter horses and Navajo-Churro sheep.
Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, CPI, is an occupational therapist, mat Pilates instructor, and certified cancer exercise trainer who specializes in breast cancer recovery. She is the author on many published articles and courses, including Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and In Water and Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates. Aaronson is a highly sought speaker who has appeared at MedStar Rehab and IDEA Fitness Fusion and is a regular lecturer at Touro College. She recently created a free hour-long video titled Passionately Pink! Pilates with Clare Dunphy.
"This is an excellent course for fitness professionals who are interested in designing exercise programs for breast cancer patients and survivors. I learned to recognize anatomical concerns and how to plan a safe exercise program for this population."
N. Alibaba—Lefkosa, Cyprus
“This course furthers my knowledge of the anatomy and specific surgical procedures of the breast area and the side effects of various medications used in treatment and recovery. I look forward to assisting breast cancer survivors in my yoga classes as well as my personal training business.”
T. Charney—Lancaster, PA
"I can focus on the special needs of cancer survivors regarding strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility needs. More important, I can follow the proper progressions and understand the limitations and precautions to ensure proper safety in training."
R. Santa—Milford, CT
“I work with the LiveStrong program and encounter breast cancer survivors in all sessions. This course has given me more knowledge of the disease, the treatments, and the exercise prescriptions. It was a great course.”
L. Turner—Frisco, TX
"I am starting a breast cancer recovery program at our facility and now have greater knowledge of exercises and programs to assist those affected and to help them recover through support and exercise."