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Health and Fitness III (Fitness Evaluation and Management)

Course CodeBRE301
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Develop new skills or build on old, to strengthen your capacity to evaluate a client's fitness level. 

  • Professional development
  • Take your learning to a higher level
  • Develop skills to enhance and grow your career or business

Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Health Risk factors
    • Components of health
    • Wellness and quality of life
    • Health risk factors
    • Risk associated with a dedentary lifestyle
    • Hazardous substances
    • Alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Cancer health risks
  2. The Health Care System
    • Defining health care systems
    • Health care in Australia, USA, Europe, etc
    • The future of health care
    • Complimentary therapies
    • Acupuncture
    • Osteopathy
    • Homeopathy
    • Chiropractic
    • Physiotherapy
    • Shiatsu
    • Reflexology
    • Massage
    • Microwave treatments
    • Traditional chinese medicine
    • Psychological therapies
    • Relaxation therapies
  3. Social Factors
    • Health hazards in modern society
    • Socioeconomic status and health
    • Social factors
    • General adaptation syndrome (GAS)
  4. Managing Health and Fitness
    • Health and fitness management
    • Programs
    • Taking responsibility for your own health
    • Consuming a nutritionally balanced diet
    • Drinking pure water
    • Exercise, relaxation, mental attitude, etc
    • Trends, products and services
    • Reasons people do not maintain good health
  5. Fitness Test Comparisons
    • Planes of the body
    • Directions of the body
    • Joints
    • Muscular system
    • Movement terms
    • Fitness testing
    • Before testing
    • Types of testing
    • Guidelines for testing
    • Screening people
  6. Analysis of Fitness Tests
    • Results and analysis
    • Variables
    • Measurement methods
    • Data presentation
  7. Analysis of Sports Skills
    • Fitness and sporting skills
    • Assessing physical skillTechniques for observing and analyzing
    • Evaluation
    • Characteristics of an effective coach or trainer
    • Coaching styles

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Explain health risk factors in modern society.
  • Analyse the health care system, to determine preferred options for different individuals.
  • Determine social factors which may affect the status of health and fitness.
  • Evaluate different individual approaches to managing health and fitness, including both services and facilities.
  • Compare different fitness tests for different motor abilities.
  • Demonstrate statistical techniques used to analyse fitness test results.
  • Use fitness tests to analyse different sports skills.

What You Will Do

  • List sources of both physical and psychological health risk factors in modern society.
  • Describe sources of health risk factors in modern society.
  • Determine the effects of health risk factors in different case studies.
  • Develop guidelines for minimising health risks in different situations including:
    • A specified workplace situation
    • A specified home situation
  • List the components of the public health care system, including preventative and treatment services.
  • Develop a scenario for an individual interested in taking up private health insurance.
  • Compare private with public (government) health care systems, referring to quality of service, efficiencies and costs.
  • There are many complaints about public and private health care systems. Explain the limitations of the pubic health care system for different individuals.
  • Explain government initiatives in the area of preventative health care.
  • Explain how the appraisal of people by society can influence levels of health and fitness.
  • Describe two different examples of political decisions affecting the health and fitness status of a group of people.
  • Describe different physiological effects which may indicate stress.
  • Explain the effect of stress on health and fitness in a case study.
  • List methods used to treat different specified health and fitness problems, other than diseases, including both preventative and curative approaches.
  • Describe different methods which could be used to treat each of the following health and fitness problems:
    • High blood pressure
    • Asthma
    • Drug addiction
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Compare different methods used to treat other health and fitness problems
  • Recommend changes in lifestyle practices to improve health management for different case studies.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate strength, power and muscular endurance
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate flexibility, agility and balance
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate cardiovascular endurance
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate general motor ability
  • List the criteria used to select an appropriate test for testing motor abilities in one of the following sports.
    • Football (rugby/union/touch/soccer)
    • Tennis
    • Swimming
    • Netball
  • Discuss the value of statistics in assessing fitness test results.
  • Explain descriptive statistical methods used in a fitness evaluation.
  • Explain comparative statistical methods used in a fitness evaluation.
  • Explain inferential statistical methods used in a fitness evaluation.
  • Compile the results of a statistical analysis of a twelve month series of fitness tests and interpret the results in the form of either graphs, charts or tables.
  • Submit resource file that you have commenced for the beginning of the course.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate individual-participant sports skills.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate dual-participant sports skills.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate multiple-participant sports skills.
  • List the criteria used to select appropriate tests for athletes in different sports
  • Explain in an illustrated summary (drawn or photograph), coaching principles for a sport skill of your choice.
  • Write a report analysing the results of a series of fitness tests conducted to determine whether a person is fit to play a specified type of sport.

More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. People are participating in fitness and recreation programmes in larger numbers. Many businesses, both small and large, are providing fitness and lifestyle programmes for their employees. As a result, there is a demand for counselors with a good understanding of benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve it.
The art of fitness management allows you to create a holistic approach, or total-fitness exercise programme, that enhances the likelihood you will achieve your fitness goals. Do what you enjoy. If you do not, you will quit. While some activities may not include all components of health-related physical fitness, they are still superior to starting and then quitting the other activities that may include all the components.
One example of a good fitness programme includes 30 minutes of aerobic activity and 30 minutes of weight training. Proper warm-up and stretching for 10 to 20 minutes will improve flexibility and muscular development, and help prevent or reduce injuries. The aerobic programme should include a frequency of at least three times per week with an intensity of 60 to 90 percent of maximal heart rate reserve. The resistance training should be at least two times per week with a minimum of eight to 10 exercises that affect the large muscle groups of the body, for one to three sets. Duration depends on the intensity of the activity. Lower-intensity activity should be conducted over a longer period of time. Because "total fitness" is more readily attained in longer-duration programmes, lower- to moderate-intensity activity of longer duration is recommended for the non-athletic adult.
Any successful personal fitness programme is intended to be used in conjunction with a balanced nutrition programme. This plan should be directed at a lifestyle change, which promotes well-being. Important dietary areas include cholesterol, sodium, fat and fibre. Medical research has recommended levels of 300 mg cholesterol, 3,000 mg sodium, 30 mg fibre, and not more that 30 percent fat. Following this approach should lead to an optimal body fat range.

A Successful Fitness Program

Some steps are required for a successful programme of personal fitness management:
  1. First, establish programme goals. Such goals help you to be personally accountable. The key is to set realistic goals that are a reflection of your own personal fitness assessment/evaluation. You can either plan in order to succeed, or not plan, and succeed at failure.
  2. Second, select specific activities that will help you reach your personal goals. These activities should develop all four components of health-related fitness, and ought to be manageable, accessible, realistic and enjoyable.
  3. Third, set physiologically appropriate targets for intensity, frequency and duration of exercise that is within a safe, efficient and effective range for you personally. This should be established in conjunction with your physician's approval.
  4. Fourth, begin the programme and make a commitment to maintain it, while trying different strategies to keep your programme interesting.
  5. Finally, record and assess your programme. Good records offer a sense of accomplishment and incentive to continue. This record keeping brings full circle the emphasis of holding yourself personally accountable to your goals.

Why Study this Course?

This is a specialised course with a focus on learning how to evaluate and manage fitness programmes.  This course is ideal if you have already completed some foundation level study in fitness and/or are already working in the fitness industry and looking to specialise and improve your career prospects.

Meet some of our academics

Jade SciasciaBiologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.
Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.

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