Module Overview

Exercise for Special Populations

This module equips the learner with the skills for prescription, planning, implementation and evaluation of safe and effective exercise programmes for special populations. Special populations are those groups of individuals that may need some adaptation or modification to an exercise prescription or programme, to take into consideration a limitation, whether that be physiological, biological or psychosocial. The emphasis is on promoting health, fitness and safety in exercise, as well as some consideration being given to performance environments.

Module Code

EXER H3002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


A synopsis of topics included in this module are:- Exercise, physical activity & health- Fitness assessment issues related to special population groups- Children & physical activity- Females & exercise issues- Exercise considerations for a sedentary population- Exercise & the older adult- Special Exercise considerations & adaptations for special populations- Risks & benefits of exercise for special populations- Psychosocial issues & strategies for exercise / physical activity adherence


Obesity and diabetes; cardiac disease and dysfunction; lung disease and dysfunction; arthritis and low back pain; ageing and older people; bone health; the female; neurological disorders; spinal cord injury


Benefits of ExerciseInactivity and Costs to Individuals and to SocietyWhy Are People Inactive?;Specific Exercise Programming for Special Populations;Scope of Practice of Those Working With Special Populations;Professional Opportunities for Those Training Special Populations;Expectations in the Training of Special Populations;Appropriate Environments for Training Special Populations;

Health appraisal

Medical and Health History Appraisal;Fitness Assessment;Fitness Assessment Protocols;SMART Goal Setting;Motivational and Coaching Techniques;


Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disorders; Metabolic Conditions and Disorders; Pulmonary Disorders and Conditions; Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders; Immunologic and Hematologic Disorders; Neuromuscular Conditions and Disorders; Cognitive Conditions and Disorders; Cancer; Children and Adolescents; Older Adults; Female-Specific Conditions

Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and computer-based learning

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40