Physical Fitness: Theory and Application in Therapeutic Recreation

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 2309
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 10 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will examine principles of physical fitness and the components of health-related fitness, skill-related fitness, and functional fitness. Physical literacy and health promotion techniques will be explored, along with theories and models of lifestyle behaviour change. Students will design, lead, and evaluate individual and group fitness programs for people of different ages and abilities within Therapeutic Recreation settings.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

Course content will be guided by research, empirical knowledge, and best practice. The following values and principles, consistent with professional standards, will inform course content.

  • Increasing knowledge of the principles of physical fitness equips therapeutic recreation practitioners to facilitate health-related, skill-related, and functional fitness programming for clients across the lifespan.
  • Learning physical literacy concepts and health promotion techniques including exercise screening, awareness of nutrition, and lifestyle choices is essential for therapeutic recreation practitioners to successfully promote the benefits of physical activity across the lifespan.
  • An essential skill in providing therapeutic recreation services is to develop session plans and client centred goals for fitness and adaptive fitness programming.
  • Gaining insight into the principles of physical activity and physical activity guidelines equips therapeutic recreation practitioners to successfully collaborate with other health professionals.
  • Applying leadership theories, styles, and techniques prepares therapeutic recreation practitioners to promote wellness through physical activity and fitness programs.
  • To safely facilitate physical activity and fitness programs, therapeutic recreation practitioners must thoroughly understand and apply concepts related to safety awareness, injury prevention, and exercise precautions.
Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Case studies
  • Small group leadership


Means of Assessment

This course will conform to the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Tests
  • Participation

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

1. Explain principles of fitness.

2. Discuss health-related physical fitness, skill-related fitness, and functional fitness including basic exercise physiology and nutrition.

3. Apply physical literacy knowledge and techniques.

4. Apply theory in the design of individual and group physical fitness programs for individuals with varying needs and abilities.

5. Create session plans for physical fitness programs within Therapeutic Recreation settings.

6. Lead and evaluate individual and group physical fitness programs for individuals with varying needs and abilities.

7. Explain the role of the TR Practitioner in safety awareness, injury prevention, and screening for readiness for exercise.

Textbook Materials

A list of textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.



BIOL 1104


BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1203


BIOL 1105 and BIOL 1205


BIOL 1109 and BIOL 1209

All students in the Therapeutic Recreation program, both diploma and degree students, are required to attain a minimum of 60% (C letter grade) in all courses utilized for credit towards a Diploma and/or Degree in Therapeutic Recreation in order to progress in the program.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 2309
Athabasca University (AU) AU APST 2XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU HKIN 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BPK 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 190 (2)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO HMKN 2nd (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 2nd (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HHSC 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU KIN 2nd (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023