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Credentialing for Fitness Professionals and New Liability Concerns

The media and the public are once again focusing on injuries and deaths arising out of certain segments of the exercise and fitness industry, including those characterized as "extreme" fitness or sports activities.

Injuries and deaths in the fitness industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s prompted industry leaders to begin seriously addressing the education, training and credentialing of fitness professionals. Since 2003, the fitness industry has made significant strides to improve the qualifications of fitness professionals. That year, recommendations about certifications for personal trainers were put forth. As a result, many non-compliant fitness certification organizations went by the wayside.

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