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Oncology for Fitness Professionals

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Oncology for Fitness Professionals

Oncology for Fitness Professionals

This course includes
2:52:05 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in January 2018



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.


Learning Objectives

  • 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’s included in this course?

  • A 48-page workbook, which you can download and follow along throughout the course. This includes: an oncology fitness assessment, outcome measures, and exercise log.
  • A power point lecture and videos of Jodi teaching the content
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Patient exercises that you can easily share with your patients on Embodia (an Embodia Membership is required)
  • Certification of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio. Please note,  to complete the course a practical exam and online multiple choice exam must be submitted.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content, such as the workbook can be downloaded, the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • Quizzes throughout to help you integrate the knowledge.
  • Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • A Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!


This course is accredited for 3 CEUs with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP)

The instructors
Jodi Steele
B.Kin, B.H.Sc (PT)

Jodi earned her kinesiology degree in 1997 and a physiotherapy degree in 1999 from McMaster University. In 2005, she founded Cancer Rehab Inc., a not-for-profit centre aimed at improving the lives of those living with cancer. Jodi recognized that individuals undergoing cancer treatments experience side effects such as lymphedema, fatigue, mobility issues and depression. Until 2009, the clinic provided exercise-based rehabilitation services that were previously unavailable in Canada.

In 2009, Jodi designed, developed and launched Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program. Wellspring’s program, similar to what was offered at Cancer Rehab Inc., is now accessed throughout southern Ontario at five locations. She continues to work with Wellspring Niagara as a program leader for in-person and online exercise classes. Jodi is also a professor at Niagara College, teaching in multiple programs: Fitness, PSW, OT/PT Assistant, Massage Therapy, and International Nursing.

Jodi first taught Rehab Techniques in Oncology in 2007, and in 2017, she began offering additional professional education courses online through Embodia, a digital healthcare platform.

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.
Course Material included in this course
  • Section 1
  • Welcome and Slides!
  • Introduction
  • The Role of a Fitness Professional in Oncology
  • Section 2
  • Assessments
  • Treatments & Fitness: Part 1
  • Treatments & Fitness: Part 2
  • Section 3
  • Risks & Lymphedema
  • Lower Extremity Lymphedema Measurements
  • Upper Extremity Lymphedema Measurements
  • Assessments Review
  • Section 4
  • Lymphoma & Review
  • Breast Cancer Overview
  • Breast Cancer Exercise
  • Self Dare Stretch
  • Wall Slides
  • Shoulder External Rotation (with wrapping)
  • Shoulder External Rotation
  • Tricep Extension
  • Wand Exercises
  • Standing Rows
  • Section 5
  • Lung Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Section 6
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Hematology
  • Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Next Steps
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