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Club Industry Conference Tracks: Specialty Populations, Personal Training, and Wellness, Weight Loss & Medical Integration

The following sessions are being presented by NCPAD/IFC staff members and may be of special interest to you. For more information on all of the sessions in the Specialty Populations track, visit: For more information on all of the sessions in the Personal Training track, visit: For more information on all of the sessions in the Wellness, Weight Loss & Medical Integration track, visit:

Whether you're a personal trainer or a club owner, club operator or fitness director, exercise director or country club professional, Club Industry has a session for you! Develop New Skills at the Industry's Most Comprehensive Conference Program.  More than ever, Club Industry is taking the lead in expanding your educational horizons.

Wednesday, October 14 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Session B05 • Specialty Populations
Creating a Welcoming and Accessible Environment for a Diverse Population
Carolyn Lullo, Research Assistant/Doctoral Student, Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities -- University of Illinois at Chicago
Jessica Marie Madrigal, Research Assistant, National Center of Physical Activity and Disability/Inclusive Fitness Coalition
Accessible fitness facilities are a priority for improving physical activity among people with disabilities. Lack of access to community resources can greatly diminish the health and quality of life of people with disabilities. Seventeen years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the subsequent publication of recreation area accessibility guidelines by the U.S. Access Board, a great many fitness and recreational environments continue to be largely inaccessible. With the more recently developed guidelines, there is a need to educate recreation and fitness professionals on accessibility and assist them in evaluating and improving the accessibility of their facility and programming. Discover a valid and reliable tool that individuals can use to evaluate their facility called AIMFREE (Accessibility Instruments Measuring Fitness and Recreation Environments). The AIMFREE measures six major domains of accessibility related to:

1. Built environment
2. Equipment
3. Information
4. Policies
5. Programs
6. Professional behavior (attitudes and knowledge).

CEUs Awarded: ACE (.1), ACSM (1.5 contact hours), AFAA (1.5), AFPA (1.5), Cooper (1.5), IFPA (1), ISSA (.5), NCSF (1.5), NESTA (.15), NFPT (.5), NSPA
(1.5), WITS (1.5)


Wednesday, October 14 • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Session C06 • Personal Training

Set Yourself Apart: ACSM/NCPAD's Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)

Faculty: Blythe Hiss, Information Specialist, National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), along with the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD), now offer a specialty certification for fitness professionals to work with individuals with disabilities. With 50 million people in the U.S. (~20% of the population) reporting some type of disability, fitness professionals have potential to make significant contributions by earning this certification enabling them to safely and effectively work with people who may have physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. Discover the importance of qualified fitness professionals in the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities, and identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this certification. The seminar describes the background and requirements of the certification including logistical details needed before studying or sitting for the exam.

CEUs Awarded: ACE (.1), ACSM (1.5 contact hours), AFAA (1.5), AFPA (1.5), Cooper (1.5), IFPA (1), ISSA (.5), NCSF (1), NESTA (.15), NFPT (.5), NSPA (1.5), WITS (1.5)


Thursday, October 15 • 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Session F09 • Wellness, Weight Loss & Medical Integration

Wellness Coaching for People with Disabilities: Motivation, Customer Service and Retention

Faculty: Gillian Goodfriend, Project Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago - Center on Health Promotion

There is growing evidence that regular, sustainable physical activity can have a dramatic effect on reducing secondary conditions and increasing quality of life for persons with disabilities. An effective program requires setting personalized, realistic and achievable goals while finding solutions for the barriers to participation. Research indicates that providing health promotion and self-management information that is individually tailored to the person’s unique needs, interests, and comprehension skills has a greater chance of long-term sustainability.

CEUs Awarded: ACE (.1), ACSM (1 contact hour), AFAA (1.5), AFPA (1.5), Cooper (1.5), IFPA (1), ISSA (.5), NATA (1 contact hour), NCSF (1), NESTA (.1), NFPT (.5), NSCA-CPT (.15), NSPA (1.25), WITS (1)


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As a Club Industry partner, the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability & Inclusive Fitness Coalition are entitled to give friends and colleagues the biggest discount Club Industry offers!  You can receive almost 50% off some of the regular conference prices!  We encourage colleagues and industry clients to attend the conference by using the following link to the online registration form: 

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