Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Kinesiology


Steven C. Davis



Development of a Proposal for a Program of Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning in a Privately-Owned Commercial Setting

Starlene Marshall

May, 2010

Chronic disease is a serious health problem that can be debilitating or even life threatening. Inactivity has been identified as a major contributor to the burden of disease. More than 50% of American adults are not regularly physically active. Moreover, physical activity is beneficial in the treatment of persons with chronic disease and disability (ACSM's Guidelines, 2010; NCCDPHP, 2004). Post-Rehabilitation Programs are a growing concept in the medical community and fitness industry. Post-rehab conditioning programs encompass: certification, collaboration with the medical community, and a systematic protocol. Fitness assessments, exercise programming and documentation to the medical authority comprise an important part of post-rehab programs.

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the current necessity and variability of post-rehab programs and to develop a post-rehabilitation conditioning program for Kennedy Club Fitness. A needs assessment was conducted through a review of relevant literature and interviews with medical professionals in the community pertaining to commonly-treated medical conditions and referral to local health clubs. A plan for a post-rehabilitation conditioning program was developed in conjunction with three fitness guidelines based on the survey results. The plan consisted of a proposed protocol for the post-rehab program, certification through the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals for trainers of Kennedy Club Fitness, forms and materials to be used in the program and health clinics to be offered to club members. The Post-rehab Conditioning Program would comprise a trial membership to the club by referral from a medical professional, an initial consultation, conditioning appointments to establish the exercise plan and progress reports to the referring medical professional.