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  • Sandra Day O'Connor High School is a Nationally Recognized Academic Affiliate for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 

    After students have taken the Intro and Advanced Sports Medicine classes, they are eligible to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-Class. 

    Students will learn: the essentials to personal fitness training. Students will be introduced to the
    human movement system, the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model and other domains of
    basic exercise science; assessment; exercise technique and training instruction; program design;
    considerations in nutrition; client relations and behavioral coaching; and professional development,
    practice, and responsibility.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Define the components of the human movement system.
    2. Describe the structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
    3. Understand the essential methods of how the body produces energy.
    4. Understand biomechanics and have knowledge of biomechanical terminology.
    5. Define and comprehend the rationality of an integrated fitness assessment.
    6. Define and describe the components associated with cardiorespiratory training.
    7. Understand the importance of core training, balance training, resistance, reactive training,
    and speed, agility, and quickness training.
    8. Define and describe the cause and symptoms of selected chronic health conditions.
    9. Understand the importance of macronutrients and supplementation and their functions.
    10. Describe the characteristics of a positive client experience and customer service.

    Occupational Competencies

    Demonstrate proficiency in the following performance domains:
     1. Basic exercise science
     2. Assessment
     3. Exercise technique and training instruction
     4. Program design
     5. Considerations in nutrition
     6. Client Relations and behavioral coaching
     7. Professional development, practice, and responsibility


    After completion of this class, students can sit for the National Certification Exam to become a Nationally Recognized Personal Trainer.  

    Students cannot practice until they are: 18 years of age, and a high school graduate. If, for example, the student is a Junior in High School, the certification will wait until graduation.