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Educational contents analysis of five international certifications in personal training

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  • Physical education and sport

INTRODUCTION We are attending a vertiginous growth of the implantation of personal training (PT) services in Spain. However, there´s a great confusion on what type of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) should P.T. have due to it´s width and fast implementation, together with the absence of professional regulation. The aim of this study is to determine the relative importance that several international certifications, recognized as the most prestigious (1), grant to different knowledge fields. It seems that, to be certified is very related with outstanding knowledge for the P.T. professional practice (2). The certifications studied are under NCCA accreditation, required by IHRSA since 2005 in order to recognize any PT certification (3). MATERIAL AND METHODS Contents of 5 international PT certifications programs were analyzed: NSCA, ACSM, NASM, ACE and The Cooper Institute. Distribution of the contents in 8 categories that include all KSAs that should have a PT, according to these organizations. A national panel of experts validated the election and definition of the categories, afterwards we ditributed the contents of each certification in these categories. When any content didn’t agree exactly with those owned to this study, an interpretation was carried out, assigning the relative importance based on researchers criteria. Statistical analysis used measures of central tendency (mean and standard deviations), as well as coefficient of variability (C.V.). RESULTS The categories resulted from the analysis are: exercise programming and prescription (EPP), exercises technique (ET), applied sciences (AS), physical fitness testing and interpretation (PFT), nutrition (N), marketing and business issues (MB), safety and emergency management (SEM), legal issues (LI). The most relevant category is EEP, with an average of importance among all certifications of 34,6%. It´s followed by ET, AS and PFT, all of them with an importance higher tan 19%. Resting categories (N, MB, SEM and LI), have an importance average lower tan 10%. The relevance of the M category is the most heterogenous, data that indicates a great desagreement among the studied certifications in relation to this aspect of PT competence. CONCLUSIONS EPP is the most important content, followed by ET, AS and PFT. On the other hand, N, MB, SEM and LI are the categories considered as less relevant. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS PT educational programs should distribute their contents and schedules in a similar way to the results obtained in this study. References. 1. HOWELL, J. W. & BULMER, S. M. (2005) Careers in health and fitness. IN HOFFMAN, S. J. (Ed.) Introduction to kinesiology: studying physical activity. Champaing, IL, Human Kinetics. 2. MALEK, M. H., NALBONE, D. P., BERGER, D. E. & COBURN, J. W. (2002) Importance of health science education for personal fitness trainers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 16, 19-24. 3. RHODES, R. T. (2006) Purchasing Guide. Ce
13th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science
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13th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. Book of Abstracts. Digital version
  • Autor: Pedro Jose Benito Peinado UPM
  • Autor: Esther Morencos Martínez UPM

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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Inv. del Laboratorio de Fisiología del Esfuerzo
  • Departamento: Salud y Rendimiento Humano