In ExPhysiology, Rest Day/Theory

July 10, 2014

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Lon Kilgore takes a look at the machine that produces fitness professionals, and he doesn’t like what he sees.

The problem with sport, exercise and fitness certifications is that they propose to supplant university education. The problem with sport, exercise and fitness university education is that they can.

Before you applaud or get your shotgun, no one really wins in this scenario—not the trainer, not the trainee.

It is an all-too-common occurrence for graduates in exercise science, health and fitness, kinesiology, human kinetics, physical education or any of the other programs in operation to leave university with no tangible fitness instruction or programming skills. They have only read about or been lectured on the concepts. Because the three-hours-of-lecture-per-week approach to education is financially viable, they might never have spent a single moment learning the practical aspects of teaching basic fitness skills such as running and lifting or might never have practiced putting them together into a coherent program that accomplishes a fitness goal.

This gap in educational provision and quality is only one issue affecting who can be considered an exercise professional. Public perception of what is needed to be a coach or fitness professional does not necessarily include a university education. Government perception of what is needed to be a coach or fitness professional does not necessarily include a university education. Further, legal opinion regarding who is a qualified exercise professional does not necessarily include a university education.

The only group who consider a university education to be a prerequisite for professionalism is university educators.

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4 Comments on “Shell Games and Competency: Education vs. Certification ”

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Papa Yats wrote …

Interesting...I think people need that special something to put on their resume or web site, be it university degree, certification...it just looks better that way.

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Papa Yats wrote …

Interesting...I think people need that special something to put on their resume or web site, be it university degree, certification...it just looks better that way.

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My concern with higher education is that it hasn't kept up with the times. They require classes that in their opinion provide a well rounded education; however, in today's times the employers' don't care about being well rounded. They want to know if you can do the job. Are you competent in the field that your trying to get into to? As mentioned in this article the higher education facilities don't provide enough front end knowledge of the fields but give you a great deal of background info about it. This leads to problems in practical application. I feel crossfit should go into a more university type structure where they teach you the necessary background information, then their certifications that are currently being offered will be a great frond end information that can help put everything in perfect balance.

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Sean McCue wrote …

There is an error in calculating the number of students per institution in 1973. If there were 8 million total students that would be 2819 students per institution not 1100.

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