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

John Gray

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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.
Keywords: exercise professional; professional knowledge; health; wellbeing; philosophy;medicalization; scientism; biomedicine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2019

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