Sources of practice knowledge among Australian fitness trainers

Bennie, Jason A. and Wiesner, Glen H. and van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z. and Harvey, Jack T. and Biddle, Stuart J. H. (2017) Sources of practice knowledge among Australian fitness trainers. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 7 (4). pp. 741-750. ISSN 1869-6716


Abstract

Few studies have examined the sources of practice knowledge fitness trainers use to inform their training methods and update knowledge. This study aims to describe sources of practice knowledge among Australian fitness trainers. In July 2014, 9100 Australian fitness trainers were invited to complete an online survey. Respondents reported the frequency of use of eight sources of practice knowledge (e.g. fitness magazines, academic texts). In a separate survey, exercise science experts (n = 27) ranked each source as either (1) ‘high-quality’ or (2) ‘low-quality’. Proportions of users of ‘high-quality’ sources were calculated across demographic (age, sex) and fitness industry-related characteristics (qualification, setting, role). A multivariate logistic regression analysis assessed the odds of being classified as a user of high-quality sources, adjusting for demographic and fitness industry-related factors. Out of 1185 fitness trainers (response rate = 13.0%), aged 17–72 years, 47.6% (95% CI, 44.7–50.4%) were classified as frequent users of high-quality sources of practice knowledge. In the adjusted analysis, compared to trainers aged 17–26 years, those aged ≥61 years (OR, 2.15; 95% CI, 1.05–4.38) and 40–50 years (OR, 1.54; 95% CI, 1.02–2.31) were more likely to be classified as a user of high-quality sources. When compared to trainers working in large centres, those working in outdoor settings (OR, 1.81; 95% CI, 1.23–2.65) and medium centres (OR, 1.59; 95% CI, 1.12–2.29) were more likely to be classified as users of high-quality sources. Our findings suggest that efforts should be made to improve the quality of knowledge acquisition among Australian fitness trainers.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2020 05:24
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 00:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: evidence-based practice; gym instructors; knowledge translation; personal trainers
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13142-017-0482-4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38083

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