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The Hazards of a Biomedical Exercise Paradigm: Exploring the Praxis of Exercise Professionals

The Business School, Teesside University, Tees Valley, Middlesbrough TS1 3BX, UK
Philosophies 2019, 4(3), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies4030054
Received: 30 July 2019 / Revised: 2 September 2019 / Accepted: 4 September 2019 / Published: 12 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Philosophical Issues in Sport Science)
There is a belief that exercise has a major role to play in the current health and wellbeing agendas. Consequently, health interventions are implemented based upon the recommendations of the ACSM and similar exercise research organizations. However this development has been challenged through both social and political perspectives. Specifically accusations of medicalization have been raised against the increasing relationship between the exercise and medical domains. The purpose of this article is to present a similar critique of the growing emergence of a medical paradigm within the exercise domain. In this instance the focus will examine the relationship between exercise professional, exercise science and the proposed medical paradigm. Through the use of philosophical essay and systematic review of literature, it is argued that a continuing shift by exercise science to mirror the medical paradigm will cause a number of issues and potential hazards in the working practices of its professionals. View Full-Text
Keywords: exercise professional; professional knowledge; health; wellbeing; philosophy; medicalization; scientism; biomedicine exercise professional; professional knowledge; health; wellbeing; philosophy; medicalization; scientism; biomedicine
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Gray, J. The Hazards of a Biomedical Exercise Paradigm: Exploring the Praxis of Exercise Professionals. Philosophies 2019, 4, 54.

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