Open Learning - Health and Fitness Evaluation and Management - Online Fitness School

  • Understand fitness evaluation and management strategies
  • Natural progression from Health and Fitness I and II
  • Develop skills in analysis, evaluation, and consequential management of health and fitness characteristics for a specific individual
  • Study fitness beyond the classroom - the social influences of health and health care systems (global)

Study Advanced Health and Fitness - Tutor Support Available


  • make your passion for health and fitness your new career
  • learn how to lead others to fitness they desire
  • understand how to evaluate the success of fitness programs
  • work as a personal trainer or gym instructor
  • expand your skills and reach for the management position




This course encompasses SEVEN lessons:

  1. Health Risk factors
  2. The Health Care System
  3. Social Factors
  4. Managing Health & Fitness
  5. Fitness Test Comparisons
  6. Analysis of Fitness Tests
  7. Analysis of Sports Skills


Duration:  100 hours



  • Explain health risk factors in modern society.
  • Analyse the health care system, to determine preferred options for different individuals.
  • Determine social factors which may effect the status of health and fitness.
  • Evaluate different individual approaches to managing health and fitness, including both services and facilities.
  • Compare different fitness tests for different motor abilities.
  • Demonstrate statistical techniques used to analyse fitness test results.
  • Use fitness tests to analyse different sports skills.



  • List sources of both physical and psychological health risk factors in modern society.
  • Describe sources of health risk factors in modern society.
  • Determine the effects of health risk factors in different case studies.
  • Develop guidelines for minimising health risks in different situations including:
    • a specified workplace situation
    • a specified home situation
  • List the components of the public health care system, including preventative and treatment services.
  • Develop a scenario for an individual interested in taking up private health insurance.
  • Compare private with public (government) health care systems, referring to quality of service, efficiencies and costs.
  • There are many complaints about public and private health care systems. Explain the limitations of the pubic health care system for different individuals.
  • Explain government initiatives in the area of preventative health care.
  • Explain how the appraisal of people by society can influence levels of health and fitness.
  • Describe two different examples of political decisions affecting the health and fitness status of a group of people.
  • Describe different physiological effects which may indicate stress.
  • Explain the effect of stress on health and fitness in a case study.
  • List methods used to treat different specified health and fitness problems, other than diseases, including both preventative and curative approaches.
  • Describe different methods which could be used to treat each of the following health and fitness problems:
    • high blood pressure
    • asthma
    • drug addiction
    • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Compare different methods used to treat other health and fitness problems
  • Recommend changes in lifestyle practices to improve health management for different case studies.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate strength, power and muscular endurance
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate flexibility, agility and balance
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate cardiovascular endurance
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate general motor ability
  • List the criteria used to select an appropriate test for testing motor abilities in one of the following sports.
    • Football (rugby/union/touch/soccer)
    • tennis
    • swimming
    • netball
  • Discuss the value of statistics in assessing fitness test results.
  • Explain descriptive statistical methods used in a fitness evaluation.
  • Explain comparative statistical methods used in a fitness evaluation.
  • Explain inferential statistical methods used in a fitness evaluation.
  • Compile the results of a statistical analysis of a twelve month series of fitness tests and interpret the results in the form of either graphs, charts or tables.
  • Submit resource file that you have commenced for the beginning of the course.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate individual-participant sports skills.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate dual-participant sports skills.
  • Explain different tests used to evaluate multiple-participant sports skills.
  • List the criteria used to select appropriate tests for athletes in different sports
  • Explain in an illustrated summary (drawn or photograph), coaching principles for a sport skill of your choice.
  • Write a report analysing the results of a series of fitness tests conducted to determine whether a person is fit to play a specified type of sport


Complementary Therapies

There are many different therapies that can, and are used by different people around the world for improving or maintaining health, or treating illness. All have their supporters and detractors. Some are better accepted and more widely practiced by mainstream health professionals than others. Some conventional practitioners believe that many complementary therapies have little more than a placebo affect on the body; while others will quote research that indicates far more than a placebo. 


Some such therapies are explained briefly below:

This involves stimulating anatomical sites on the body, traditionally by inserting very fine metal needles into the skin. Some practitioners also practice acupuncture using electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to reduce pain, but has also been used to treat other conditions physiological such as asthma and allergies.


A system of medicine where people are given drugs (often herbal preparations), in minute doses, that cause the same symptoms as the condition (illness) which they are being used to treat. Homeopathic treatments are intended to stimulate the immune system, so that the body can in effect “cure” itself.


Founded in the 1890’s, Osteopaths emphasise the musculoskeletal system and believe that the condition of muscles and bones has a major affect upon the overall health of a person. Osteopathy aims to correct problems with muscles and bones; and in doing so, improve the capacity of the body to cure other problems. Throughout the 20th century, osteopathy has adopted the discoveries of modern science and adapted its practices accordingly; resulting in it being considered more mainstream than chiropractics.


Chiropractic is based upon the idea that the nervous system is what coordinates all the body’s’ functions; and that manipulation of the body (principally the spine) can affect parts of the body beyond the areas that are being manipulated. Some chiropractors believe primarily in the use of chiropractic treatments alone; but other chiropractors believe in a more holistic approach, with other therapies/treatments being used alongside chiropractic.


This involves treating diseases or injuries by physical treatments such as massage, stretching, heat or prescribed exercises.


Originating in Japan, this involves manipulation or massage; specifically applying pressure to certain points of the body. It may be considered similar to acupuncture; but without needles.


This involves stimulating nerves on the feet, hands and ears; to stimulate healing. This is generally considered as a treatment to be used in conjunction with other treatments; rather than by itself.


Massage involves manipulating muscles and connective tissues. It may be practiced by itself; or in conjunction with other therapies. There are many different types of massage. The intensity (pressure) applied varying greatly. Massage often incorporates the use of scented oils where aromatherapy is used jointly with the massage.


Micro Current
Frequency Specific MicroCurrent (FSM©) involves delivery of a very specific electrical impulse to the skin. Research has indicated that this treatment can improve oxygenation and regeneration of tissue at a cellular level. It is used to reduce inflammation, treat pain, increase metabolic activity, accelerate healing and increase activity of the immune system.


Microwave Therapies
Applying specific wavelengths of microwaves can have different affects. Microwaves have been used to kill cancers. They have also been used in a similar way to micro current, to improve healing, reduce pain, inflammation, etc.


Ayurvedic Medicine
Originating in India, this traditional form of medicine incorporates a wide variety of different therapies including massage, meditation, yoga, nutrition (diet), herbal medicines, minerals, detoxification, etc.


Traditional Chinese Medicine
This is based on the concept that there is a flow of energy (i.e. Chi) through the body. It is considered that there are two types of energy which must be balanced (Yin is negative energy; and Yang is positive energy). Disease is said to result when the flow of energy is blocked; or the balance between yin and yang is not maintained. A wide range of different treatments are used to restore imbalances or blockages in energy. These include: herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, prescribed exercises, meditation, prescribed nutritional treatments, etc.


Counselling/Psychological Therapies
It is widely acknowledged that there is a connection between the mental and physical state of the body. Stress for instance can cause physical changes such as muscle contraction, increased heart rate, etc. There are many psychological illnesses that are be caused by a very real physical conditions (e.g. malfunctions in the bodies chemistry or anatomy, deterioration of brain tissue, genetic abnormalities). Everyone, even the most normal person; will at times suffer the impact of psychological disturbances that can impact on their overall health and wellbeing. Many different psychological and counselling techniques can be used to help diminish the impact of such disturbances.


Relaxation Therapies
A lot of different “relaxation” therapies have been developed, and routine use of such therapies can be a great benefit to both physical and mental health.

Some of these are:

  • Relaxation Recordings – both audio and/or video. Some of these are simply relaxation music. Others talk you through a process, giving you instructions that focus your attention on things that will reduce stress and relax the body.
  • Floating – This involves lying in an enclosed compartment, filled with a solution of Magnesium sulphate i.e. Epsom salts. The compartment, a Float Tank, is dark and the environment in which temperature, air movement and noise is controlled so that the body has optimum comfort and minimum stimulation. In the absence of any significant stimulation, it has been found that a body can enter a much deeper state of relaxation than what can even be achieved sleeping in bed.


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