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Physical Fitness: Theory and Application in Therapeutic Recreation

Course Code: THRT 2309
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students will examine principles of physical fitness and the components of health-related fitness, skill related fitness and functional fitness. Assessment tests and techniques, lifestyle behaviour change theory, and the design, leadership and evaluation of individual and group fitness programs will be applied for people of different ages and abilities.

Course Content

Principles of Physical Fitness

  • Overload, progression and specificity
  • Diminishing Returns, Rest and Recovery, Reversibility, Individuality
  • Threshold of training and target zones
  • FIT prescription

Health-related Fitness, Skill-related Fitness and Functional Fitness

  • Components of each type of fitness including nutrition
  • Exercise physiology  – muscles, energy production, cardiorespiratory function
  • FIT prescription for the components of each type of fitness
  • Appropriate exercises, physical activities and nutrition
  • Benefits of the components of each type of fitness
  • Matching age groups, abilities and needs to each type of fitness

Screening and Assessment Tests and Techniques

  • PAR-Q and medical referral
  • Health-related physical fitness tests and techniques
  • Nutrition analysis based on Canada Food Guide
  • Functional fitness tests and techniques

Individual and Group Fitness Programs

  • Needs and interests of individuals with varying abilities
  • Components of fitness to be used for the program
  • Principles of fitness and exercise prescription
  • Nutrition
  • Program protocols and session plans
  • Behavior change theory, motivation, goal setting
  • Selection of safe exercises
  • Adaptation of exercises


  • Theories and styles
  • Techniques used in fitness

Injury Prevention

  • Injury prevention techniques and considerations
  • Management of acute injuries
  • Emergency procedures

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Case studies
  • Small group leadership
  • Community service learning

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Tests

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss principles of fitness
  2. Discuss health related physical fitness, skill related fitness and functional fitness including basic exercise physiology and nutrition
  3. Apply screening and assessment tests and techniques
  4. Apply theory in the design of individual and group fitness programs for individuals with varying needs and abilities
  5. Create program protocols to document physical fitness programs
  6. Lead and evaluate individual and group fitness programs for individuals with varying needs and abilities
  7. Discuss methods of injury prevention.

course prerequisites

BIOL 1105

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.