Feasibility for the use of a standardized fitness testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals

Bennie, Jason A. and Wiesner, Glen H. and Vergeer, Ineke and Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy and De Cocker, Katrien and Alexander, Chris and Biddle, Stuart J. H. (2018) Feasibility for the use of a standardized fitness testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 89 (3). pp. 380-385. ISSN 0270-1367

Abstract

Purpose: There is currently no standardized testing protocol for assessing clients’ fitness/health within the Australian fitness industry. This study examined the perceptions of the feasibility of using a standardized testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals. Method: In 2014, 1,206 registered fitness industry professionals (aged 17–69 years) completed an online survey. Perceived feasibility for using a standardized testing protocol was assessed based on responses to 6 items. Respondents were classified as having a high level of perceived feasibility if they reported all 6 items to be 'definitely feasible'. A multivariate logistic regression analysis, adjusting for demographic and fitness industry-related factors (e.g., qualification/years of experience), assessed the likelihood of having a high level of perceived feasibility. Results: Overall, 25.5% (95% CI [23.1%, 28.0%]) of the sample perceived the use of a standardized testing protocol as highly feasible. Items ranked most often as 'definitely feasible' were 'undertaking training to use the protocol' (55%) and 'conducting follow-up testing every 6 to 12 weeks' (52%). After adjustment for the effect of confounding factors, casually employed professionals (OR = 0.63; 95% CI [0.45, 0.90]) and group instructors (OR = 0.58; 95% CI [0.41, 0.82]) were less likely to perceive standardized testing protocols as highly feasible. Conclusions: Among a large sample of Australian fitness industry professionals, slightly more than a quarter perceived using a standardized testing protocol to be highly feasible. Group instructors and casual employees perceived lower feasibility. Further research should determine the barriers to implementing a standardized testing protocol across the fitness industry.


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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: 24 Jan 2019 05:56
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: exercise testing; fitness testing; public health
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: 10.1080/02701367.2018.1486965
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34645

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