During the first two weeks of lecture, the professor for one of my grad classes has been focusing our attention on the significance of reviewing and implementing standards of practice for the field of strength & conditioing. This includes the code of conduct, or ethics, used by professional organizations which represent a governing body within the field of kinesiology. Of course the field of kinesiology is broad, and it includes, but is not limited too: strength & conditioning, sports medicine, athletics, clinical, and so on. Te top three professional organizations who have developed their own standards within the field of kinesiology include the NSCA, ACSM, and the AACVPR.
Since I am a member of the NSCA, and my focus is on becoming a Certified Strength & Confitioning Specialist (CSCS), I chose to focus on their "Standards of Practice" as well as their bylaws, code of conduct, and code of ethics (which they distinguish as separate). The Standards of Practice covers a lot of information pertaining to strength & conditioing specialists, regarding the scope of practice and the requirements involved, whether it's running a fitness facility or working directly with athletes. I found my time to be well spent after researching and reviewing the requirements involved. I figured it was worthy of my time considering my desire to get more involved in the field of work, and I figured others would as well. The following are the 9 points of interest which are covered in the NSCA's Standards of Practice:
Strength & Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines
(Approved July 8, 2009)
1. Pre-participation Screening & Clearance
2. Personal Qualifications
3. Program Supervision & Instruction
4. Facility & Equipment Set-Up, Inspection, Maintenance, Repair & Signage
5. Emergency Planning & Response
6. Records & Record Keeping
7. Equal Opportunity & Practice
8. Participation in Strength & Conditioning Activities by Children
9. Supplements, Ergogenic Aids & Drugs
These topics can be viewed in detail by downloading the PDF file off of the NSCA's website at www.nsca.com. I highly recommend that all individuals who have a desire to pursue a career in the field of strength & conditioning should look this document up and read through the requirements and recommendations that are made. It is something to take very seriously and it will greatly benefit your professional development.
If you have any questions or comments about the NSCA's standards of practice, or other professional organizations, please feel free to comment. Thanks for your time!
by, Steven Waite