Summary: Make a good head start with your health and fitness profession by getting a sports certification.
Anybody can be a sports trainer, a health and fitness instructor, or a specialist in sports conditioning. In fact too many individuals, both competent and hopeless, already litter the sports arena as sports trainers and sports conditioners, those with mediocre skills often jumping from one prospect to another, choking the already competitive market.
Personal trainers and sport conditioners are the fastest growing profession in the United States health and fitness arena. Because of that, many have begun searching for career opportunities here; even some pitifully devoid of skills. To such event that the sports certification became the demarcation line that separates the useless and the efficient ones. If you are among those seeking profession in health and fitness, acquiring a sports certification is your best bet to boost your credentials way above those of mediocre skills.
You can get a sports certification through a number of ways. Online Sports Certification Centers are one. Depending on your knowledge of the subject matter, you can complete any of the required programs and the accompanying examinations within days if not hours. Most of them are recognized all around the United States though you still have to make sure by checking the certificates offered yourself or by questions. Here are some sites that should provide you a good head start.
International Sports Sciences Association
1015 Mark Ave. Carpentaria
CA 93013 USA
Call local at: 1-800-892-4772
Call international at: 805-745-8111
International Sports Sciences Association is among the renowned team of fitness experts that banded together to form a community that do research on fitness science. To that effect, scores of health and fitness professionals such as physicians, chiropractors, coaches, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and health & fitness professionals have taken specialized programs offered by the ISSA for added certification or continuing education.
ISSA has several sports certification programs available. The Personal Trainer Certification and the Specialist in Sports Conditioning are among their highlight programs.
American College of Sports Medicine
P.O. Box 1440
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1440
Call: (317) 637-9200
Regional Chapter Resource Center
Call: (317) 637-9200 ext. 138
Facsimile: (317) 634-7817
The American College of Sports Medicine also offers several outstanding sports certification that could really boost one’s credentials, provided that he passes the minimum set of requirements. There are two available certifications, the clinical certification for those in the medical profession seeking to enhance their opportunities by having a specialized skill in physiology and exercise therapy; and the health and fitness certification for the fitness professionals. ACSM sport certification packages include exams, workshops, study materials and several days hands-on on a workshop.