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Scoliosis for Personal Trainers

What you need to know to train clients with scoliosis!

Accredited for 2CECs with Fitness Australia, this is a basic introductory course into the world of scoliosis for fitness professionals. The focus is on 'do no harm' and equipping yourself with some useful knowledge to apply in your day-to-day work. It's a short course! You have three months to get it done but it could easily be done in a few hours if you choose to.

The Learning Outcomes of this short, introductory course into scoliosis and personal training include:

  • i. Define lordosis, kyphosis and scoliosis in relation to different sections of the spine.
  • Identify the commonly affected areas when there is an increased or decreased lordosis or kyphosis.
  • Identify the commonly affected body areas of a scoliosis client.
  • Recognise healthy postural variances of the spine (including pelvis) between clients.
  • Identify the exercise implications for clients with an increased lordosis or kyphosis, including the need for referral.
  • Identify the exercise implications for clients with a decreased lordosis or kyphosis, including the need for referral.
  • Identify the exercise implications for clients with a scoliosis, including the need for referral.
  • Establish goals and exercise plans or modifications for clients with postural concerns when working with a physiotherapist, that do not compromise physiotherapy treatment.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge in relation to a ‘Do no harm’ to clients with scoliosis.

ii. Define the difference between a structural and functional scoliosis.

iii. Identify the potential signs of a scoliosis or other postural concerns warranting referral to a physiotherapist.

The overarching arm of this course is to provide a ‘do no harm’ approach. PTs are often the first person the client with scoliosis sees. PTs should know how to do no harm in these situations but without necessarily discouraging the client from exercise unnecessarily.

Education Outline/Schedule

This course will be delivered entirely online. The course is divided into two modules.

  • Module 1: What is Scoliosis?
  • Module 2: Exercise Prescription and Scoliosis

Each module is broken down into topics. Each topic has a lecture and a short quiz. Each quiz must be completed successfully to complete the course.

Module 1 Lecture 1: Introduction to Scoliosis

Module 2 Lecture 1: Exercise Guidelines for Scoliosis

Module 2 Lecture 2: Scoliosis Implications for the Personal Trainer

In total, the following work needs to be completed by the student to attain the certificate:

  • Reading of a short introductory document.
  • Listening to each lecture (varying time lengths, e.g. 20).
  • Completing a short quiz successfully after listening to each lecture. There are three quizzes in total. The final quiz incorporates questions based around case study examples for better application to the workplace.Each quiz is anticipated to take less than approximately 30 mins, however everyone is different. However the student can complete it in a shorter or longer time frame.
  • All work must be completed within three months of payment for the course.


Your Instructor


Rosemary Marchese
Rosemary Marchese

Rosemary is a physiotherapist with twenty years of experience in physiotherapy, fitness consulting and training. After years of practicing physiotherapy, her passion grew for the physical treatment of Scoliosis. So, she travelled to New York to become certified in the Schroth Method of Scoliosis treatment under the Barcelona School of Physical Therapy. She has travelled to New York twice to complete her training. She is also certified in the SEAS method - the Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis. She has travelled to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the 14th Annual SOSORT meeting and also attended the 15th meeting in San Francisco in April 2019. Rosemary is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and The International Society of Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and is currently enrolled in the ISICO World Masters course for scoliosis run by ISICO in Italy.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1 What is scoliosis?
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you enrol. You have three months to finish the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
Three months.
How much work is involved?
This is an introductory course. There is a short Introductory letter to read (approximately 10 minutes). Then you will listen to three short lectures (between 10 and 25 minutes each). After each lecture you will complete a short multiple choice quiz. Once you are done you should have basic knowledge about how to safely instruct a client with scoliosis. This is not a course based on 'treating'. The fitness professional is there to promote the active lifestyle. The aim of this course is to help with a 'Do no harm' approach.
How many CECs do I get with Fitness Australia?
Participants who successfully complete the course receive 2CECs from Fitness Australia if you are registered with Fitness Australia.
Is the course accredited with ESSA or organisations outside Australia?
At this point in time the course is not yet currently accredited with other organisations other than Fitness Australia. We are working towards expanding our accreditation. If you are interested, please contact us [email protected] for further information.
What is the pass mark?
The pass mark is 85% and the questions are multiple choice.
How many times can I attempt the quizzes?
You can attempt the quizzes as many times as you like.
Will I be able to provide 'rehab' to my clients with scoliosis?
The aim of this course is to give you a short introduction into the world of scoliosis and the current guidelines for exercise therapy provided by physiotherapists certified to provide specific treatments to scoliosis, as well as what personal trainers and other fitness and exercise professionals can do to support this therapy, and 'Do No Harm'. Further, more detailed courses are coming soon.

We'd love to have you on board! Find out more about scoliosis with us. You might be surprised how many of your clients might actually be living with scoliosis. This is not a treatment class. The course will simply provide you with some introductory knowledge regarding what to look for, how to deal with the situation and overall do no harm. At the end of the day, the personal trainer is not responsible for 'treatment' but they can definitely promote a positive fitness environment!

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