I repeat again, we do not need more certifications, that is not the solution to define this field. To the person who posted regarding me starting a certification because there is good money in it. That is not my motivation. I will not even consider doing a certification. What does that do? At last count there are over 300 certifications in this field, will another certification help define the field or add more confusion? More letters is not the answer! We must find a way to professionalize what we do, have standards that are universally accepted. There must be standards of proficiency. When a professional team with a payroll of close to $200 million hires someone with ten years experience working in a retirement community and a mail order masters degree from a popular national organization with appealing initials as the Director of Performance. Then then have a rash of injuries and then wonders why. How about experience and professional competence? This is a small snapshot of what is happening now.


At 4/16/07, 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Competence...and experience?
Let's say you have someone with a high standard of education, years of experience and professional competence; but if he or she can not get the message to the athletes then what good are they. At the same time, another person with a mail order master degree is able to get the message to the athletes. Who would you take or hire on your team?

At 4/16/07, 12:44 PM, Blogger Paul said...

You want to hire competence AND experience. Part of competence would be the ability to get the message across to the athletes! Experience will help them deal with all manner of athletes from all manner of backgrounds. The more experience the better.

Paul LaDuke (I could insert some initials, but does it matter?)
Lower Dauphin School District

At 4/16/07, 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no major cert. program for a baseball coach, hockey coach, basketball coach...The ability to understand the anatomy of the game, motivating with a purpose, trusting, adapting, sacrificing, wanting to sacrifice, self-discipline, communicating a message, committing to excellence and Praying for anyone that dare get in the way. They are going to need all the help they can get!
Tim S.

At 4/16/07, 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do not need more certifications, but maybe a governing body. One that will not allow people to coach or train unless they have met basic requirements (applicable experience and education).

At 4/16/07, 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governing body...? Maybe NSCA? They are a big organization aren't they? What about NASM-PES? Hmmm? Let's see, NSCA, anyone with a bachelor degree can take the exam and become CSCS. Let's see American Council of Exercise; $400, a book, and take home exam.


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