ERIC Number: EJ1153405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Fitness Professionals in Public Health: A Review of the Literature
De Lyon, Alexander T. C.; Neville, Ross D.; Armour, Kathleen M.
Quest, v69 n3 p313-330 2017
Kinesiology researchers have long had an interest in physical activity, fitness, and health issues and in the professional education and work practices of teachers and coaches. The professional development needs and practices of "fitness professionals," however, have not been a major concern for researchers in the field. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the evidence on fitness professionals, their role in physical activity for health agendas, and the professional education and training that is available to support them. The analysis indicates that there is a mismatch between the expectations placed upon fitness professionals and the training and professional education that is available to them. It is argued that pedagogy researchers in kinesiology could usefully turn their attentions to this occupational group.
Descriptors: Public Health, Physical Fitness, Training, Professional Education, Athletics, Exercise, Professional Personnel, Literature Reviews, Role, Professional Recognition, Physical Activity Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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