Australian fitness professionals' level of interest in engaging with high health-risk population subgroups: findings from a national survey

Bennie, J. A. and Thomas, G. and Wiesner, G. H. and van Uffelen, J. G. Z. and Khan, A. and Kolbe-Alexander, T. and Vergeer, I. and Biddle, S. J. H. (2018) Australian fitness professionals' level of interest in engaging with high health-risk population subgroups: findings from a national survey. Public Health, 160. pp. 108-115. ISSN 0033-3506

Abstract

Objectives: Fitness industry professionals (personal trainers, group instructors) may have a role in health promotion, particularly when working with subgroups with known health risks (e.g. older adults, obese). The aim of this study is to examine fitness professionals' level of interest in engaging with high-risk populations. Study design: Cross-sectional evaluation of a national survey. Methods: In 2014, 9100 Australian registered exercise professionals were invited to complete an online survey. Respondents reported their level of interest in engaging with nine healthrisk population subgroups. A multivariable logistic regression analysis assessed the odds of being classified as having a ‘low level’ of interest in training high health-risk subgroups, adjusting for demographic and fitness industryerelated factors. Results: Of 1185 respondents (aged 17e72 years), 31.1% reported having a ‘high level’ of interest in training high health-risk subgroups. The highest level of interest was among ‘obese clients’ and ‘adults (18e64 years) with chronic health conditions’. In the adjusted analysis, males (odds ratio [OR], 1.55, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.06e2.25) and those in urban settings (OR, 2.26, 95% CI: 1.54e3.37) were more likely to have a ‘low level’ of interest. Conclusions: Fitness professionals have a modest level of interest in training high healthrisk subgroups. In addition to the development of strategies to increase interest, research should examine whether fitness professionals are able to safely prescribe exercise to high health-risk subgroups.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 05:59
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity; health behaviours; epidemiology; fitness trainers
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.03.035
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34639

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