EHR314 Exercise for Special Populations (8)

This subject explores the role and application of exercise prescription in the management of selected chronic health conditions. Emphasis is placed on examining the clinical pathophysiology associated with prevalent cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and musculoskeletal disorders as well as pregnancy, along with their risk factors for secondary disease and their influence on exercise tolerance and functional status. Furthermore, fundamental concepts in exercise testing and programming to enhance physical health and functional capacity in persons with chronic health conditions are addressed. The action of selected pharmacological treatments and their effect on the exercise response are also examined.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to:
  • describe the pathophysiology and major clinical features associated with prevalent chronic health conditions;
  • apply the concept of problemorientated exercise management for patients with chronic health conditions;
  • predict the influence of selected chronic health conditions on exercise tolerance, work capacity, and functional status;
  • critique the effect of exercise management on exercise tolerance, work capacity, and functional status in selected chronic health conditions;
  • apply exercise testing and prescription guidelines to exercise management in individuals with chronic health conditions;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the action of selected pharmacological treatments and their effect on the exercise response in individuals with chronic health conditions.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Problem-orientated exercise management; - Pathophysiology; - Exercise testing; - Exercise programming; - Hypertension; - Dyslipidemia; - Coronary heart disease; - Obesity - Diabetes mellitus; - Asthma; - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; - Osteoporosis; - Arthritis; - Frailty; - Pregnancy.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.