Training for Fitness Professionals
Exercise is the one thing people with multiple sclerosis (MS) can do to increase their functionality. Studies show that moderate aerobic exercise improves cardiac health, stamina, and mood, and helps manage symptoms like fatigue, weakness, and bladder and bowel difficulties. Stretching exercises can relieve stiffness and improve flexibility and mobility.
Many people find it beneficial to work with a fitness instructor who is knowledgeable about MS, understands how the symptoms of MS impact movement, and can adjust an exercise routine to accommodate everyone. That is why we offer a free online training course for fitness and wellness professionals, including aquatics instructors, yoga teachers, personal trainers, and others who want to learn more about MS. It provides an overview of the disease and offers specific strategies for working with a diverse MS population.
This online course has been approved by the American Council on Exercise for 0.4 continuing education credits.
“The MS training was thorough, interesting, and very well done. I wanted to do it myself before I sent the link to my staff, but now I hope all of them take the time to learn. It would be so helpful if other organizations provided training like yours. We would be so much better equipped for wider populations.”
– Tammy, Health and Wellness Coordinator Whatcom Family YMCA
Wait - there’s more!
Upon completing the training, we can offer you:
- An optional follow-up phone call with experienced instructor
- Fitness instructor physical activity manuals
- Facility accessibility check forms for you to use at your facility
- Promotion through Chapter website, internal phone-based directory, and Facebook posts on Chapter fan page
- Targeted eblast to Chapter members in your area (if you are providing an MS-specific program)
- Wellness Grant applications for your students living with MS
- Certificate of Recognition for completing the training
- Regular email updates about Chapter programs and services
- National MS Society publications for your site