PE 436 - Therapeutic Exercise

PE 436: Therapeutic Exercise

This course uses the SAKAI coursesite through the LAMP portal for access to the syllabus, notes, handouts, etc.

Course Description:
This 3-hour course will focus on cardiac and pulmonary anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical terminology, and the diagnosis/treatment of related diseases through exercise/rehab programs. Exposure to modern methods of detection (including ECG interpretation), treatment, and rehabilitation for patients suffering from cardiopulmonary and/or metabolic diseases will be offered through experience and/or lectures which may be conducted at hospitals in the surrounding area.

Prerequisites: B 155, B 156, PE 316, PE 421


  • Williamson, Peggie (2011).  Exercise for Special Populations.  Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
  • ACSM.  (2010).  ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.  8th Edition.  Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

(Both of these are packaged together through the bookstore or available via eBook from the publisher).

Course Goals/Objectives:

  • Understand the physiological effects, therapeutic indications and contraindications associated with the use of exercise.
  • Explain theories and applications of principles associated with the use of therapeutic exercise techniques.
  • Develop a basic comprehensive rehabilitation program.
  • Discuss psychological issues, ethical standards, and diverse populations relative to therapeutic exercise.
  • Consider the use of exercise to prevent certain diseases and conditions.

Course Relationship to Major Program and Department
This course is a requirement for the Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports and Fitness Management emphases in the Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences.

Course Topics:

  • Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
  • Exercise Prescription for Cardiac Patients
  • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Cases
  • Impact of Exercise on Health & Fitness
  • ECG / EKG Reading & Interpretation