Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Sophomore

Institution

Morehead State University

KY House District #

6

KY Senate District #

6

Department

Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences

Abstract

Dietary supplement attitudes and behaviors in the personal training profession

Allison Hull, Gina Blunt Gonzalez PhD (Mentor)

Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences

Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Dietary supplements are a growing multi-billion dollar industry. Supplement usage is widespread and many individuals take supplements for health, performance, and disease prevention reasons. However, due to a lack of FDA regulation, there are concerns with the safety and efficacy of many dietary supplements. Exercise professionals and personal trainers are in a position to educate the public on dietary supplements; however, it is unknown how exercise professionals and personal trainers approach this topic personally and professionally. The purpose of this study was to better understand behaviors and attitudes of personal trainers with respect to dietary supplements. The research included an extensive literature review on supplements in the personal training profession and a review of existing instruments. Based on this information, an instrument was created to reflect personal trainers’ behaviors and attitudes. Once the instrument was created, it was pilot tested on a small group of personal trainers, revised, and then disseminated to a larger sample. Statistics included descriptive data and differences in supplement attitudes and practices with respect to demographic data. This research is supported by an Undergraduate Research Fellowship provided by the Academic Honors Program.

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Dietary supplement attitudes and behaviors in the personal training profession

Dietary supplement attitudes and behaviors in the personal training profession

Allison Hull, Gina Blunt Gonzalez PhD (Mentor)

Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences

Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Dietary supplements are a growing multi-billion dollar industry. Supplement usage is widespread and many individuals take supplements for health, performance, and disease prevention reasons. However, due to a lack of FDA regulation, there are concerns with the safety and efficacy of many dietary supplements. Exercise professionals and personal trainers are in a position to educate the public on dietary supplements; however, it is unknown how exercise professionals and personal trainers approach this topic personally and professionally. The purpose of this study was to better understand behaviors and attitudes of personal trainers with respect to dietary supplements. The research included an extensive literature review on supplements in the personal training profession and a review of existing instruments. Based on this information, an instrument was created to reflect personal trainers’ behaviors and attitudes. Once the instrument was created, it was pilot tested on a small group of personal trainers, revised, and then disseminated to a larger sample. Statistics included descriptive data and differences in supplement attitudes and practices with respect to demographic data. This research is supported by an Undergraduate Research Fellowship provided by the Academic Honors Program.

 

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