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?
Thanks for the feedback Steve. Yep, we can respectfully disagree on this one 🙂 As a former hospital administrator and healthcare attorney, I’ve had a few up-close and personal experiences with reimbursement issues. I can honestly say that ‘guaranteed outcomes’ does NOT even apply to the medical profession. Very little is guaranteed when it comes to health, and certainly not a ‘permanent’ solution to a health problem. I don’t agree that 1 on 1 personal training is not an efficient delivery of services. Our entire healthcare system (we can certainly argue whether that’s a good model – smile) is based on individual care. I know of no instance where a physician or other healthcare professional treats patient in a group (not even in a clinic or ER setting; well ok perhaps at least one – group therapy sessions). If WE are hoping to one day be considered a part of the healthcare system, then we should expect and even demand to be viewed as a viable part of the continuum of care.
If WE only see the valuable services that we provide to our clients as a ‘luxury service’ then how can we EVER expect the lay public, the medical professionals, and the reimbursers to ever treat us any differently.
I believe that if the fitness industry is ever to gain recognition as part of our overall healthcare system, then we cannot treat what we do and offer as some sort of ‘product’ that comes with a 100% guarantee as if we are selling tires or some other fungible good. We are not, we are offering a professional, and very personal service, and until we treat it that way, and expect ourselves to be viewed that way, we will ALWAYS be viewed as a ‘luxury.’
Love the debate, thanks so much for introducing it.