“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.
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.