I want to know what organizations are advocating the most for our profession. I work with Physical Therapists and they have APTA. Here is their leadership: http://www.apta.org/BOD/
In contrast, I look at the ACSM leadership and see: http://www.acsm.org/about-acsm/who-we-are/leadership
Am I the only one that sees a difference here? Am I wrong in assuming that very few people in the ACSM organization are, or were, practicing exercise physiologists or fitness professionals? What I am really getting at is what organization(s) are helping out our field when it comes to legislation and advocacy? With all these certifying bodies, it isn’t like we can get them all to work together like APTA.
I think that these questions bring up implications with who we become certified by. Do you want your money going to an organization that may or may not have your best interests in mind? What are your thoughts on this and what good are different organizations doing for our profession?
Hi Steve (and Karin). I love this discussion and wanted to weigh-in on your last two comments (dealing with insurance reimbursements etc.). In my opinion, when and if health insurance reimbursement becomes widely available to clients, I do NOT believe it will (or should) be relegated to group exercise. Cost for personal training (I’m talking ‘individual’ training) should hardly be an issue once this coverage becomes available, for many reasons. Perhaps first and foremost is that whatever the cost of a session of personal training, or even a series of packages, that cost pales in comparison for how much is spent in ‘curing’ or ‘correcting’ a health issue (such as obesity and ALL of the attendant co-morbidities) later. I don’t see it as a matter of cost, because honestly the cost for your average (or even above-average trainer) is still substantially less than for a doctor’s visit, or worse yet, and ER visit. Cost is less of an issue than ‘regulation,’ and acceptance of our credentialing process in the fitness industry. In my opinion, until those two HUGE issues are addressed in our industry, we will be fighting a losing battle in receiving total acceptance in the medical and insurance worlds.
My two cents 🙂