Clinical exercise physiology placement supervision resources and training needs: where are we and where to next?

Sealey, Rebecca, Raymond, Jacqueline, Groeller, Herb, Rooney, Kieron, Crabb, Meagan, and Watt, Kerrianne (2014) Clinical exercise physiology placement supervision resources and training needs: where are we and where to next? In: Edwards, Andrew, and Leicht, Anthony, (eds.) Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics. Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance and Psychology . Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY, USA, pp. 149-161.

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Introduction: Recent increases in the degree offerings and enrolment numbers in clinical exercise physiology in Australia are placing high demand on placement supervisors to provide high quality learning experiences, potentially with limited training and resource support. The purpose of this study therefore was to report on the training and resource practices and needs of supervisors who facilitate clinical exercise physiology student placement supervision in Australia. The second purpose was to develop resource- and training-based recommendations that could provide efficiency and consistency around student placement supervision in clinical exercise physiology.

Methods: Eighty-four clinical placement supervisors throughout Australia provided responses to specific supervisor training and placement supervision resources questions, via an online survey.

Results: Most responding supervisors have had no formal supervisor training experience and would like to undertake future training via self-paced online, correspondence modules or via face-to-face training on work days. Common barriers to training included workload, time and cost. Supervisors reported inconsistency with receiving placement-based resources from universities and often developed their own resources. Supervisors indicated a preference for the provision of logistics- and curriculum-based resources to be developed.

Conclusion: Current practices associated with clinical exercise physiology placement supervision training and resources are varied. The authors recommend the development and implementation of nation-wide clinical exercise physiology placement supervisor training and feedback packages; and the development and implementation of minimum resources, clinical competency and assessment-based checklists to enhance the efficiency and consistency of student placement experiences throughout Australia.

Item ID: 33257
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-63117-737-8
Funders: James Cook University Teaching and Learning Development Unit
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 06:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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