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Special Populations

Temporary & Chronic Health Conditions



 Cardiovascular-myocardial infarction, angina, peripheral vascular disease, congestive heart failure, revascularization, heart valve disorders, and/or conduction disorders.

 Pulmonary-chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, chronic restrictive pulmonary disorder, pulmonary hypertension, and/or asthma.

Metabolic- diabetes (type I and II), overweight/obesity, pre-diabetes, metabolic disorders (e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), and/or blood clotting disorders.

Musculoskeletal- osteoporosis, limb amputations, osteoarthritis, lower back conditions, frailty, joint disorders, joint replacements, sarcopenia, posture disorders, and cystic fibrosis.

Neuromuscular- stroke, brain injury, spinal cord disorders, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, balance disorders, and muscular dystrophy.

Cancer- multiple body systems affected.

Psychological/behavioral- disordered eating, body image disorders, depression, and chemical dependency.

Special populations also include those groups of people with unique traits that are not necessarily afflicted by a chronic or temporary health condition. Females that are pregnant, postpartum and menopausal, older adults, children and adolescents.

To learn more just click on one of the health conditions above.

Research Credit: Most of the material about "special populations" was compiled primarily from the book, Clinical Exercise Specialist Manual, American Council on Exercise, 1999 ACE.

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