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|Still Hopes Wellness Center - Exercise Training Summer 2024
|Hours Per Week
|End Posting Date
|1 Still Hopes Drive
|Specify the experiences to be undertaken (including strategy, methods, resources, settings).
|This internship opportunity allows students to learn and work with a wide range of abilities for those 55+, from those that are very fit to learning about how to train individuals with chronic conditions and neurological disease such as Parkinson’s Disease. Students are given the opportunity to participate in and learn to teach group exercise classes such as strength and conditioning classes, aquatic based classes, as well as assist in teaching/coaching our Parkinson’s Disease exercise class. Students will learn the foundations of personal training by learning, planning, and leading one-on-one training sessions while incorporating the principles of strength, balance, flexibility, and functional training. Students will oversee creating health and fitness based educational material for our resident, employees, and Community Members. Students will have access to be able to shadow our physical therapy team and spend time with our onsite physician through our Concierge Medical Practice.
|Specify the criteria for assessment of learning results and work performances.
|Assessments are based on engagement with residents through classes, trainings, and everyday interactions. Planning and leading of group exercise classes and personal training sessions allow students to demonstrate learning concepts through purposeful planning and instruction.
|Describe in detail any special conditions, arrangements, or restrictions.
|Students will have the ability to be involved in other areas or departments within the Still Hopes Community. Special opportunities do arise to go on walking events or walking outings to one of the local riverwalks or other walking trails. Arrangements can be made to have students shadows physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Arrangements can be made for students to shadow our onsite physician through our Concierge Medical Practice.
|Give time sequence for achieving the desired results and how progress will be monitored.
|Throughout the semester, students are given time to experience classes and personal training sessions. Students can choose which group exercise class or classes they would like to learn to teach, and progression is monitored as they plan, prepare, and teach segments of classes until the entire class has been taught. Students will be assigned personal training clients with a wide array of abilities that they will be responsible for planning individualized personal training sessions for. Students will have to learn about the clients’ goals, any conditions or limitations, outline training sessions with reasoning behind each movement, and then evaluated as they guide training clients through their plan.
|What are the specific deliverables associated with this opportunity (e.g. a needs assessment, a policy analysis, production of public health brochures and handouts)?
|Students will learn the foundations for structuring group exercise classes and personal training. Students will learn about working with the aging population and on the concepts of balance, strength, flexibility, and gait training. Students will learn about and learn to work with those with chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
|Job Duty 1
|Students are to participate in group classes, learn how to structure a group exercise class, and then lead selected group exercise class.
|Job Duty 2
|Students are to shadow personal training clients, design an individualized training session, and then lead clients through that session.
|Job Duty 3
|Create educational content about health and wellness, catered toward older adults.
|Job Duty 4
|Assist in coaching and supporting our participants in the Parkinson’s Disease Small Group Training.
|Job Duty 5
|Assist the Wellness Team in brainstorming, planning, and creation of any events, programs, trips, etc. that can help enrich the health and wellness of our residents.