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Physical Activity during Cancer Treatment and beyond!


PACT is a full 2 day program designed to train experienced fitness professionals to work safely and effectively with people who have been diagnosed with cancer during and after treatment. The goal of this program is to enable specialists to adapt traditional exercise protocols to meet the physiological and psychological needs of people living with cancer, and to communicate effectively with medical personnel.

At the completion of the 2-day course, specialists will be qualified to design and implement PACT group classes, one-on-one and/or circuit training (using equipment as stations) for cancer survivors. The manual for this course will contain both exercise, medical and psychological sciences with practical application. This provides you, the specialist, the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to work with this unique population. During your course work you’ll be guided through the on-site practicalities of promoting, marketing and implementing PACT at host locations.


Requirements for enrolling and receiving a PACT Specialist Certificate

1. Specialist must have:

A group fitness and/or personal training certification from a nationally recognized fitness organization (for example: ACSM, ACE, NASM, NSCA, CPT or CSCS, IFPA, etc.)

Proof of Current CPR Certification c. Interest and passion for working with cancer survivors

2. A specialist can also be certified in Yoga, Pilates and other related exercise programs

AS a PACT Specialist you learn to:

1. Plan an effective and safe exercise program based on participants’ needs while in cancer treatment and post-treatment.

2. Understand lymph, immunologic, cardiac, neurologic and hematologic systems as they pertain to cancer-specific exercise issues.

3. Identify adverse side effects and symptoms that may be improved by exercise training for cancer survivors.

4. Obtain a basic history regarding cancer diagnosis (e.g., type, stage) and treatment (e.g., surgeries, systemic and targeted therapies).

5. Understand physiologic systems affected by cancer and treatment and how this would affect the major components of fitness, including balance, agility, speed, flexibility, endurance, and strength.

6. Recognize relative and absolute contraindications for starting or resuming an exercise program, and knowledge of when it is necessary to refer participant back to an appropriate care provider.

7. Learn the current American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for exercise for cancer survivors.

8. Discuss the benefits and risks of exercise training with the participants.

9. Modify exercise class based on participant’s:
a. current medical condition b. time since diagnosis c. type of treatment d. type and recency of surgical procedures (e.g., curative or reconstructive) e. range of motion f. participants overall needs.

Instructor: Lisa Hoffman MA CES
Date: TBA
CEC/ CEU’s: ACE 1.4, 11 AFAA