ACE Cancer Exercise Specialist Program
Help cancer patients survive and thrive through fitness
Working with cancer patients and survivors requires empathy, compassion, comprehensive knowledge of exercise oncology—and an entirely individualized approach. Each cancer patient’s experience is unique and personal, both physically and emotionally. Developing the ability to assess individual patients and create health and fitness programs that benefit their unique experience is imperative to successfully working with cancer patients and survivors. The Cancer Exercise Specialist Program will teach you the practical, hands-on skills needed to guide patients through treatment into recovery and long-term survivorship, with a specific focus on individualized programming. This is your opportunity to bridge the gap between medicine and fitness, playing a key part in the healthcare continuum.
What’s in the curriculum?
The Cancer Exercise Specialist program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively work with cancer patients and survivors, including:
- An understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer
- How different treatments and surgeries impact physical mobility, posture and daily activities
- The signs and symptoms of upper and lower extremity lymphedema and how to prevent and manage them
- How to perform a full-body postural assessment and range of motion assessment
- How to develop a comprehensive therapeutic exercise program to help correct muscle imbalance and range of motion limitations
- How to develop sensible periodization principles based on the client’s age, fitness level, reaction to treatment and/or length of survivorship
How do I become a Cancer Exercise Specialist?
To become a Cancer Exercise Specialist, you must complete four modules, each of which requires reading a handbook, watching a video and passing a 25-question exam. Upon completion, you will be recognized as a Cancer Exercise Specialist by the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. This specialist program is valued at 2.0 continuing education hours.
Upon completion of the program, you will be added to the International Cancer Exercise Specialist Directory, making it easy for cancer patients and survivors to locate your services. You must contact CETI with contact information and credentials that you would like to see listed on the CES directory.
To maintain your Specialist designation, you will be required to requalify every two years. This ensures that all Cancer Exercise Specialists maintain a high level of proficiency within the ever-changing field of cancer treatments and procedures.
Continuing education for the CEU credits will only be accepted from the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. In lieu of CEUs, however, participants may choose to receive the latest version of the CES Handbook and re-test for their renewal.