2021, Volume 17, Issue 1
The importance of the quality of education of personal trainers from the perspective of personal security
Artur Kruszewski1, Artur Litwiniuk2
1Department of Individual end Team Sports, Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
2Faculty of Physical Education and Health in Biala Podlaska, Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Author for correspondence: Artur Litwiniuk; Faculty of Physical Education and Health in Biala Podlaska, Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
It is a gross oversimplification to say that collective security is the sum total of a population's sense and actual personal security. However, this statement implicitly draws attention to the importance of education from the micro scale (family) to the macro scale (ubiquitous Internet and electronic media). The aim of this academic essay is to argue based on empirical data and a colloquial assessment of a dynamically changing social reality of increasing violence, aggression, inequality, exclusion etc.
One of the most important findings of the self-research on the professional competence of the personal trainer is the consensual declaration of professionals (n = 62) of the necessity of a high level of general knowledge and at the same time a high level of specialised knowledge. While it is legitimate to assume that general knowledge is similarly associated by the majority of people, the question of the validity of specialised knowledge is legitimate provided it is addressed to professionals (the training programme for personal trainers is in line with the Polish and European Qualification Framework). These standards, as well as media recommendations, favour the somatic sphere (proportional body build, optimal physical fitness, etc.), rational nutrition and a hygienic lifestyle of potential clients. There is a conspicuous lack of elements reinforcing the psychological and social dimension of health and elementary competencies to survival.
Such criteria are met by the multidimensional, complementary offer to declare and diagnose the profile of the sense of positive health and survival abilities indices (SPHSA questionnaire). The unique available findings of Dawid Dobosz, who applied this tool, only concern the empirical verification of the sense of somatic health indicators of female (n = 15) and male (n = 9) physiotherapy students. Compliance: female 33.3%, male 11.1%; overestimation female 46.7%, male 66.7%; underestimation female 20%, male 22.2% Statistically significant differences (between declared and diagnosed indices) concern aerobic capacity, diastolic blood pressure, flexibility. It would be interesting both cognitively and in an applied sense to see the results of research on verifying the sense of survivability of different social groups. An interesting application perspective is the education of 'innovative self-defence' professionals.
Key words: effort safety, innovative self-defence, motor safety, SPHSA questionnaire