Academic journal article Journal of Physical Education and Sport

Scientific Substantiation of the Fitness Consultant's Professional Standard in Ukraine

Academic journal article Journal of Physical Education and Sport

Scientific Substantiation of the Fitness Consultant's Professional Standard in Ukraine

Article excerpt


The one of the most problem in the life of modern people of all age is the improvement and prevention of health (Aftimichuk2015; Andrieievaet al., 2019; Korobeynikovet al., 2019). That is why the organizing of fitness industry is very important for National health (Imaset al., 2018).

Extending the standardization of the sphere of recreational physical activity has become an objective necessity to create a qualitatively new environment for its development(Aftimichuk 2015; Rutkauskaitėet al.,2017; Konttinen et al., 2019). The considerable attention is also paid to the issues of professional activity standardization at the state level. In Ukraine, the activities related to developing the National Qualifications Framework are being actively carried out today. The implementation of which will contribute to the specialists' professional growth in the process of their labor activity, for employers to achieve demand coordination and for individual citizens to choose a profession and obtain a professional career. The initiative to develop professional standards for fitness personnel is consistent with the national trend and has the necessary legislative basis (Pukhovskaya et al., 2014).

However, considering that the fitness industry in Ukraine is in the process of development, the analyzed sources of information are lack of approaches to developing the fitness consultant's professional standards, taking into account domestic peculiarities of the fitness services market development.

The purpose of this study was to establish the evolution of process of development of fitness industry in


Material and methods

We used the methods of literary sources analysis, functional analysis, content analysis, questionnaire, expert judgment and mathematical statistics. The functional analysis method involves the phased identification and consistent description of the hierarchy of labor functions and labor activities. The application of this method will provide a high degree of connectedness of the subject of study (professional standard) with the external environment (real conditions of professional activity). To formulate a list of labor functions and activities, as well as to verify the draft professional standard, the method of expert judgement was used. The procedure for selecting experts for an expert group involved several stages. The principle of mutual selection of experts was used. At the first stage, 124 specialists in the field of health fitness were involved (practitioners in the field of health fitness, employers, independent experts, scientists and other specialists). The list of applicants for inclusion in the expert group was published on the website At the next stage, by voting, the experts formed a list of the 30 most authoritative, which made up the expert group (composition by reference


At the initial stage, it is worth paying attention to existing approaches to determining the basic definitions of the study. In our opinion, it is advisable to take into account the interpretation of the terms in the votes of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, which proposes a hierarchy of related concepts 'skill' - 'qualification' - 'competence'. The term 'skill' is used in connection with the professional activity of a specialist, his work / occupation (job-related approach) to determine the necessary knowledge and skills to perform specific tasks. The term 'qualification' is broader and may contain a description of job requirements, as well as official recognition of formal education and training. The term 'competence' is the broadest and is associated with the ability of an individual to use the necessary knowledge and skills in a typical or changing situation (Bagarić et al, 2007).

In international practice, the development of professional standards is most often regulated by the state, and is carried out by subjects of the labor sphere(Dutchak et al, 2018). …

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