Oncology for Fitness Professionals

In Canada, people with a diagnosis of cancer are surviving longer. With this increased survival comes many different types of disability associated with cancer and its treatments. This is where the gap is in our healthcare system. We need more qualified health care providers that are trained to help people with cancer return to normal activities of daily living and occupations.

As fitness professionals, we are going to work with clients with a diagnosis of cancer in gyms, outpatient clinics, private clinics and in their homes. We are just going to see more people that have been touched by cancer. We need to know what we are doing and be confident in our skills.

We also need to help thousands and thousands of people across Canada that are surviving cancer but living with dysfunction and disability. In fact, I would be so bold to say that cancer rehabilitation needs to be a standard of practice in the treatment of people with cancer in Canada.

Don’t waste time! Get trained and get started working with this amazing bunch of people!

Course Purpose
To provide the knowledge and skills required for a fitness or health professional to work with a client who has had a diagnosis of cancer.

What You Will Learn:

  • The most relevant cancers and their medical treatments
  • Appropriate exercise techniques and safety considerations
  • The scope of practice a fitness/health professional works within and when to refer a client to a medical professional
  • How to administer an oncology fitness assessment
  • How to design an individualized fitness plan for your client’s abilities and goals

What Is Included:

  • Course participants will be provided with courseware including: an oncology fitness assessment, outcome measures, exercise log, workbook and certificate of completion.
  • To complete the course a practical exam and online multiple choice exam must be submitted.
  • This course will be approximately 6.5 hours in length (that could be the online and the face to face)

  • Jodi Steele,  BKin, RPT 

    Jodi earned her kinesiology degree in 1997 and a physiotherapy degree in 1999 from McMaster University. Upon graduation she co-developed an oncology rehabilitation program, Cancer Rehab-The Next Step. In 2005 her husband joined her and founded Cancer Rehab Inc., Canada’s first not-for-profit cancer rehabilitation centre.

    In 2009, Jodi designed, developed and launched Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program, which continues to be delivered at sites throughout southern Ontario. For her innovative contributions to society, Jodi received the 2009 Arch Award from McMaster University.

    Presently Jodi is a professor at Niagara College. She continues to educate peers through educational lectures focusing on cancer exercise and rehabilitation for health care professionals and lymphedema management in the home care setting.

Joanne Morgan, BHK & Dale Ischia, CSEP

Joanne is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist and trained at the Mind Body Medicine Institute in Washington DC as a Cancer Guide. She works with InspireHealth members who inspire her with their courage and strength as they travel through their cancer journey.

She works with a very diverse clientele including elite and recreational athletes, ICBC claimants, and most recently people living with cancer. Her educational background includes a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.

Her background is exercise rehabilitation, and has worked with the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Center for over 14 years and is also currently contracted to facilitate the fitness program at the integrated cancer care facility, Inspire Health.

Joanne’s Vancouver studio, Back on Track Fitness, runs exercise programs specializing in dealing with the physical effects of cancer, its surgeries and treatments. Her clients benefit from one on one training, or group classes specifically designed for physical support through cancer recovery.

Instructor Name Jodi Steele, Joanne Morgan
Cost CA$349.00
Run Time 2:52:05
Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase
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