Exercise Testing and Prescription PE 4317 – Online
Carolyn Clay, M.Ed.
Human Performance Laboratory
Jowers Center, Room C208
2PM, or by
online presents in a usable form the most current exercise and sport science information on
exercise testing and programming. This course helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and
competences required to access and prescribe exercise for various populations and provides practical
experiences related to health/fitness management programs.
This course provides students with a working knowledge of basic exercise testing and prescription
fundamentals applicable to the commercial, medical, governmental, and public school health/fitness
settings. Online, practical experiences include case studies.
Physical Education All Level (Competencies 002, 004, 007, 008, 011).
Course Goals and Objectives:
The overall goal of this course is to equip students with the knowledge necessary to
conduct comprehensive health appraisals and exercise tests and use the results from such appraisals and assessments
to develop safe and effective exercise programs. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
Describe the relationship between physical activity and health.
Describe the link between physical activity and lowered risk of premature health problems.
Modify exercise prescriptions for older people with common orthopedic and cardiovascular problems.
Identify cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and musculoskeletal risk factors that may require
further evaluation by medical or allied health professionals before participation in physical activity.
Identify cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, or musculoskeletal risk factors or conditions that may
require consultation with medical personnel before exercise testing or training.
Identify individuals with cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases, using appropriate
materials and understand the prognostic indicators for high
Assess a person’s medical health history.
Know when a medical clearance prior to exercise participation is required in a health/fitness setting.
Know the categories of participants who should receive medical clearance prior to administration of
an exercise test or participation in an exercise program.
Identify relative contraindications to exercise testing or participation.
Explain the purpose and procedures for evaluating cardiorespiratory, muscular strength and
endurance, and flexibility fitness.
Interpret information obtained from cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance,