Careers in sport, fitness, and exercise by American Kinesiology Association

By American Kinesiology Association

Comprises distinct activity descriptions, info on operating stipulations, wage levels, tasks, key talents, and required certifications for 36 careers in activity and fitness.--Provided by way of publisher.

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Thus to prevent athletes from getting injured during training, conditioning coaches must know the correct exercise and lifting techniques and be able to teach them to athletes. The conditioning coach also monitors athletes’ general health, sometimes providing nutritional advice or referring athletes to a registered dietitian if they need more sophisticated nutritional counseling. Whom You Will Work With In ideal environments, athletic departments hire one conditioning coach for every 10 to 20 athletes who use the conditioning facility.

Future Outlook As is the case for personal trainers, the outlook for group exercise instructors is bright. A recent survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association found that participation in many types of group exercise classes has had double-digit growth over the past few years. For example, participation in spinning classes has increased Fitness Instruction, Personal Training, and Fitness Management 39 45 percent since 2000, whereas cardio kickboxing has increased 20 percent since 2008.

Membership in most organizations brings with it a journal, or trade magazine, discounted fees for their professional meetings, and reduced rates for their certification exams. 1 offer memberships; the most prestigious is the American College of Sports Medicine’s Alliance of Health and Fitness Professionals. Another highly regarded organization is the IDEA Health and Fitness Association. 1 Certification Programs* Certifying agency Academy of Applied Personal Training Education American College of Sports Medicine Certifications offered (some offer more certifications than listed here) Requirements for certification Certified personal fitness • A high school diploma or equivalent trainer • A human anatomy course or active status personal training certification Certified personal trainer • 18 years of age • A high school diploma or equivalent • Current adult CPR certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross) Health fitness specialist Minimum Requirements as of July 1, 2011: • BA in kinesiology, exercise science, or other exercise-based degree American Council on Exercise Personal trainer • Current adult CPR certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross) • 18 years of age Group fitness instructor • Current adult CPR and AED certificate • 18 years of age Lifestyle and weightmanagement consultant • Current adult CPR and AED certificate • 18 years of age • Current adult CPR and AED certificate One of the following: • Current ACE personal trainer, group fitness instructor or advanced health and fitness specialist certification OR • NCCA-accredited personal trainer or advanced fitness-related certification OR • A four-year degree in an exercise science or related field at the time of registration and submit documentation supporting completion of exercise science–related coursework Advanced health and fitness • Same as lifestyle and weight management consultant AND specialist • 300 hours of work experience designing and implementing The Cooper Institute Certified personal trainer International Fitness Professionals Association National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified personal fitness trainer exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals or high-risk individuals, as documented by a qualified professional • 18 years of age • Current adult CPR and AED certificate • Current CPR certificate Certified personal trainer • 18 years of age National Council on Strength and Fitness Certified personal trainer • Current adult CPR and AED certificate • 18 years of age National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association Certified personal fitness trainer • A high school diploma or equivalent • A minimum level of practical experience working in the health and fitness field recommended but not required • 18 years of age • A high school diploma or equivalent • Exercise science background recommended • CPR certification recommended but not required 34 Fitness Instruction, Personal Training, and Fitness Management 35 Certifications offered Certifying (some offer more certiagency fications than listed here) Requirements for certification National Exercise Certified personal trainer • 18 years of age (or parental consent) Trainers Association • CPR certification Certified group exercise • 18 years of age (or parental consent) instructor • CPR certification National Federation Certified personal trainer of Professional Trainers National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified personal trainer • A high school diploma or equivalent • At least two years of practical, hands-on experience in weight/ resistance training or cardio training • CPR certification recommended but not required • 18 years of age • A high school diploma or equivalent Certified strength and conditioning specialist Training and Wellness Certification Commission • 18 years of age • Current CPR and AED certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross) • BA degree or chiropractic medicine degree • CPR and AED certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross) Advanced certified personal • Either a 500-hour State Board of Education approved training trainer program OR a BA in a health-related field • Minimum of 200 hours of practical experience • Current CPR and AED certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross) *Accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies as of September 2009.

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