Breast Cancer Recovery and Prevention
Specialist Certificate Program


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As our population continues to age and medical fitness continues to evolve, health-fitness professionals are likely to see more cancer survivor clients in their practice. Cancer is a disease that affects both the mind and body. Breast cancer is the leading form of cancer in women and there are more than 2 million breast cancer survivors in the US today. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and drug therapy make the fight to recovery from breast cancer an uphill battle. Exercise is a proven modality to help regain strength, mobility, and return function to the upper torso, and other areas of the body that may be affected in reconstruction, after aggressive and moderate breast cancer treatment. Exercise has also been shown in research to help physically and mentally, and to be an important key in breast cancer prevention. This Specialist Certificate starts with an overview of cancer, how it affects the body, and keys to cancer prevention. Then you learn how to work with clients with breast cancer through knowledge of the disease, treatment, and the anatomy of the disease. You are taught safe and effective recovery and intervention using resistance training, flexibility exercises, water exercise, and Pilates-based exercises.

To help you promote your specialized skills once you complete this certificate program and find new clients, we have included a one year free membership in the Medical Fitness Network. The Medical Fitness Network (MFN) is a free online resource directory for consumers to locate fitness & allied healthcare professionals interested in working with those with chronic disease/medical conditions, including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Mental Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Pre & Postnatal Care, Respiratory Disease and Stroke. In the course material you will be provided a code to sign up for your free membership.


The American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) is collaborating with the Medical Fitness Network (MFN) and Fitness Learning Systems (FLS) to sponsor and promote the Breast Cancer Recovery and Prevention Specialist Certificate Program for fitness industry professionals.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this course will directly support ABCF programs, which provide financial assistance to underserved individuals for breast cancer detection and treatment.

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Education Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites: Approved (accredited) Health/Fitness Certification or Licensure, or related Higher Education Degree in related field.

Target Audience: Health-Fitness Professionals, Allied Health and Medical Professionals.


Course 1: Essential Exercise for Cancer Patients and Survivors (2 Hours)

By: Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS CES RN

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. It is a very serious diagnosis with a multifaceted approach starting from identification all the way through treatment. Cancer patients are now encouraged to exercise during and after treatment. This course includes important information for health-fitness professionals about cancer and exercise guidelines. Videos guide you through a simple exercise progression for clients with cancer or who are cancer survivors. In the search for a cure, physical activity proves a valuable tool in prevention, treatment, and a progressive return to daily living activities. Learn how to embrace this client base and provide safe and effective programming options.

Course 2: Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and In Water (4 Hours)

By: Naomi Aaronson MA OTR/L CHT and Mary Essert BA ATRIC

There are over 2 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Due to the ramifications of treatment, exercise is a modality that can be used to facilitate recovery. Numerous studies have demonstrated that exercise can improve quality of life, reduce side effects of treatment, and improve strength and endurance. This course will help health-fitness professionals understand diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care for cancer patients and survivors. Important guidelines and information are provided for safe and effective exercise through course and multimedia content. Embrace this client base with practical exercise options to improve recovery and function.

Course 3: Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates (6 Hours)

By: Naomi Aaronson MA OTR/L CHT Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Ann Marie Turo OTR/L Yoga/Pilates Instructor Reiki Master

Cancer is a disease that affects both mind and body. More and more cancer survivors are coming to health-fitness professionals to regain strength, mobility, and endurance. Pilates principles and movements are great for restoring function to Breast Cancer Survivors. You can incorporate these principles for your group fitness and personal training clients without being certified or highly experienced in Pilates. This course provides sound information about breast cancer and its process, along with several exercise video clips to aid you in working with breast cancer clients to help them regain a connection to their body. Use these principles to facilitate your cancer survivors' "return to life."


Pilates For Breast Cancer Survivors 
There is an ancillary book by the authors available for this course. It is available to subscribers of this course at a 10% discount using discount code FLS10. Use this link to purchase the book: "Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors A Guide to Recovery, Healing, and Wellness"



Please see individual course product pages to see Course Objectives.

Continuing Education credit is included in the price of this specialist certificate program. Successful completion of all 3 courses and course quizzes is required to receive continuing education for each course and to be awarded the Specialist Training Certificate of completion.

The 3 courses together are approved for the following CE credit:

12.0     AAAI-ISMA
1.2     Action Personal Trainer Certification
12.0     American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
1.2     American Kinesiotherapy Association (COPS-KT)
6.00     Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
0.6     Aquatic Therapy & Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI)
12.0     International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
0.9     National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT)
1.2     National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC)
6.0     National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF)
1.75     National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
12.0     National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA)
12.0     Sara's City Workout (SCW)
12.0     World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.)
12.0     YMCA
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