“The Exercise is Medicine initiative now includes a credential program that will provide professionals with the opportunity to work closely with the medical community, as well as provide numerous additional benefits to the certified professional.
This credential contains three levels, based on the health status of patient referrals. All three levels require exercise professionals to be certified by a NCCA accrediting organization. Formal education (B.S. M.S. degree in exercise science) provides the exercise professional additional opportunities to work with patients who are at higher risk.
You may learn more by visiting ACSM site www.acsm.org.
I’d like to know your thoughts.
I first read about the credential in a previous ACSM Certified Newsletter and I find it to be an intriguing credential. My work, in addition to the general population, focuses a lot on people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and injuries, and so in my opinion I believe the credential to be applicable to me and those who do work similar to mine.
I support elevating our profession to one of a respected status in the medical community. I consider myself to be an advocate of state licensure for fitness professionals and until this happens on a large scale I don’t think we will truly be accepted as part of the health care industry, but the Exercise is Medicine credential is a nice first step.
People can also go to exerciseismedicine.org to obtain an excellent overview of the collaboration that has occured to bring this idea into existence. It is a long time coming. I also think that generating the idea of connecting to and working with the medical community to those already certified, should not require a new certification. I think if one is already certified, this idea opens the door to new opportunities. Those wanting to get into the fitness industry and are yet to be certified now just have another venue from which to choose. ACSM is taking the lead here and continues to look for ways to move forward. It does not mean that people like myself who are degreed and HFI certified are forgotten about or left in the dust. The difference between HFS and CES is that my HFS certification gives me the credentials to work with people who are either healthy, or who have medical conditions that are under control. The CES certification is for people working in a clinical setting with individuals who are at risk for, or have developed diseases and need expert handling. Since I work in health clubs and in school settings, I chose to pursue the HFS as it supports what I do. I have never worked in a physiology lab, physical therapy or hospital setting, so I would not pursue the CES because that is not my scope of practice. I look forward to the results unfolding in the coming years as the medical community begins to act on the information coming forth from ACSM.
While I knew it was coming I was unable to find it on their site. As I mentioned to Pam Peeke several years ago I am disappointed that ASCM has added yet another certification, instead of supporting and promoting those of us in the field. As I have not seen the distinctions they draw between HFS CES and this new certification I am curious about delineation. Just another way to make money and dilute the already unsupported HFS and CES credentials.
Hi Joanne. I like the initiative! I think that anything that serves to elevate our profession/industry in the minds of the medical profession, and helps to establish more of a formal link between the two industries is good! By establishing this link in a more formal way, we begin to see and treat health, wellness and fitness as a continuum, and in a more holistic way.
I visited the ACSM website, this is great. I recently spoke at a fitness convention and instilled trainers to be confident in collaborating with and having discussion with clients physician. This is an excellent program if you have the credentials and qualify, but still being confident to educate yourself regardless.