Foresight for the Fitness Sector: Results from a European Delphi Study and Its Relevance in the Time of COVID-19

Louis Moustakas, Anna Szumilewicz, Xian Mayo, Elisabeth Thienemann, Andrew Grant

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Abstract

The fitness sector is an essential player in the promotion of physical activity and healthy behaviour in Europe. However, the sector is confronted with numerous socio-demographic trends that will shape its ability to be financially successful and contribute to public health. The sector must understand current drivers of change and the skills its workforce needs to navigate them. As such, using the results of a 2019 Delphi Survey of over 50 fitness experts from 26 countries, we aim to define the drivers of change facing the sector and identify the skills needed by the fitness workforce to navigate these changes. We find that several technological, social, health and economic trends affect the sector. As a result, so-called soft skills such as communication or customer service, along with digital technology skills, are becoming increasingly important. There is also growing recognition that fitness professionals need to be trained to work with a number of special populations. Furthermore, we argue that many of the trends identified here—such as the increasing use of technology or the focus on individual customer needs—have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We conclude by arguing that well-developed, pan-European qualifications are needed to address these common issues.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Aufsatznummer8941
ZeitschriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Jahrgang17
Ausgabenummer23
Seiten (von - bis)1-12
Seitenumfang12
ISSN1660-4601
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.12.2020

Fachgebiete und Schlagwörter

  • Delphi study
  • Europe
  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • Foresight

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