Physical activity instructors profile in elderly groups of Bucaramanga, Colombia
ISPAH ePoster Library. Gabriel Rangel L. Oct 16, 2018; 225295; 425
Prof. Luis Gabriel Rangel
Prof. Luis Gabriel Rangel
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Abstract Physical activity instructors profile in elderly groups of Bucaramanga, ColombiaIntroductionLevel of knowledge in exercise science is important to guarantee the proper design of training programs. The objective of this study was to establish the academic degree of physical activity (PA) instructors and to determine differences in the implementation of two safety parameters before initiating an exercise program in the elderly.MethodAnalytical cross-sectional study in 115 instructors of elderly groups. Variables were analyzed in frequencies or central tendencies measures according to its nature. Fischer exact test was utilized to establish differences in the categorical variables of interest and significance level was of p ≤ 0.05. Results18.22% of instructors have an academic degree in PA sciences. 9.5% of individuals with academic degree and none of those without it implemented a selection method of aptitude for PA, p<0.05. 40% of those who had formal training in PA in the elderly and none of those who didn´t have it implemented this parameter, p<0.01. 19% of those with academic degree and 4,2% of those without it met the criteria with the medical exam, p<0.05. 4% of those who had formal training in PA and 66% of those who didn´t have it required this parameter before initiating a program, p< 0.05.ConclusionMost of PA instructors didn´t meet the criteria in relation to the implementation of safety parameters before initiating an exercise program; however, individuals with academic degree and formal training in PA had a higher frequency of implementation.
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