Health & Fitness III

Improve your fitness management prospects. Take your understanding of fitness testing and programming to another level with one-on-one guidance from your tutor.

Course CodeBRE301
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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This course develops skills in analysis, evaluation, and consequential management of health and fitness characteristics for a specific individual.

An excellent study program for professional development, as part of a longer study program, or as a stand alone course to enhance the capacity to live a better and more productive life.

A human health risk factor translates as something that increases a person’s chance for developing a disease. Disease can also be looked at dis-ease or stress. Stress occurs as a result of changes in your daily routine. It causes chemical changes in the brain and can have a direct affect on your health.

Consider when you experience times of great happiness in your life. You may feel energetic, active yet calm. The chances are you are producing high levels of the hormones Serotonin and Melatonin. Melatonin acts as an anti-oxidant, mopping up harmful chemicals, also known as free radicals, which can be found in our blood; and it protects essential fatty-acids which make up parts of cells of the brain and nervous system, for example. Melatonin is also involved in the production of cells of the immune system, enabling you to fight infection as soon as you are at risk. So clearly if you feel good, your body produces hormones which lead to physical health and well-being.

If you have low levels of serotonin (serotonin production is lowered as insulin levels rise – often as result of high levels of carbohydrate intake – this can be linked back to healthy nutritional balance) you may suffer from feeling depressed, irritable and even experience periods of insomnia.

People who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis. Also, physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits. It is important to also remember that greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing the amount (duration, frequency, or intensity) of physical activity.

Regular physical activity that is performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and death.

Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Health Risk factors
    • Components of health
    • Wellness and quality of life
    • Health risk factors
    • Risk associated with a sedentary lifestyle
    • Hazardous substances
    • Alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Cancer health risks
  2. The Health Care System
    • Defining health care systems
    • Health care in Australia, USA, Europe, etc
    • The future of health care
    • Complimentary therapies
    • Acupuncture
    • Osteopathy
    • Homoeopathy
    • Chiropractic
    • Physiotherapy
    • Shiatsu
    • Reflexology
    • Massage
    • Microwave treatments
    • Traditional Chinese medicine
    • Psychological therapies
    • Relaxation therapies
  3. Social Factors
    • Health hazards in modern society
    • Socio-economic status and health
    • Social factors
    • General adaptation syndrome (GAS)
  4. Managing Health and Fitness
    • Health and fitness management
    • Programs
    • Taking responsibility for your own health
    • Consuming a nutritionally balanced diet
    • Drinking pure water
    • Exercise, relaxation, mental attitude, etc
    • Trends, products and services
    • Reasons people do not maintain good health
  5. Fitness Test Comparisons
    • Planes of the body
    • Directions of the body
    • Joints
    • Muscular system
    • Movement terms
    • Fitness testing
    • Before testing
    • Types of testing
    • Guidelines for testing
    • Screening people
  6. Analysis of Fitness Tests
    • Results and analysis
    • Variables
    • Measurement methods
    • Data presentation
  7. Analysis of Sports Skills
    • Fitness and sporting skills
    • Assessing physical skill
    • Techniques for observing and analysing
    • Evaluation
    • Characteristics of an effective coach or trainer
    • Coaching styles

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Explain health risk factors in modern society.
  • Analyse the health care system, to determine preferred options for different individuals.
  • Determine social factors which may affect 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.

What You Will Do

  • Consider both physical and psychological health risk factors in modern society and develop guidelines for minimising health risks in different situations.
  • Research and understand components of the public health care system, including preventative and treatment services. 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 and explain government initiatives in the area of preventative health care.
  • Describe different physiological effects which may indicate stress and explain the effect of stress on health and fitness in a case study.
  • Investigate methods used to treat different specified health and fitness problems, other than diseases, including both preventative and curative approaches and recommend changes in lifestyle practices to improve health management for different case studies.
  • Explain different tests used to:
    • evaluate strength, power and muscular endurance
    • plain 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
  • 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.
    • 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.

Guiding clients toward fitness goals requires an understanding their baseline fitness

When you decide to test a person’s fitness it is usually for a particular reason. That reason will affect your decision as to what tests should and should no t be conducted, and the configuration in which they should be conducted.
Designing fitness tests may require you to address the following:

What Characteristics Should Be Tested?

 Your options may include:

  • Physiological Characteristics (eg. blood composition, muscle composition, respiration, presence of disease, etc).

  • Morphological Characteristics (eg. weight, height, body shape, structural deterioration or deformity, etc).

  • Muscular Strength

  • Muscular Endurance

  • Flexibility, agility & balance

  • Cardio respiratory Fitness

  • Specific Sports Skills

What Tests should be used to Test each of the Selected Characteristics?

There are many standard tests, well established and widely used in the health & fitness industries. Doctors, other health professionals, sports coaches, fitness instructors, etc. all use different types of tests to determine the health and/or fitness of people.

The selection of tests to be used may depend upon a number of factors including:

  • Accuracy required in the result

  • Time available to conduct the test

  • Equipment available

  • Expertise available (to both conduct the test and to interpret the results).

  • Money available (If complex tests cannot be funded, testing may be restricted to a sequence of simpler tests).

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