Keeping the voice fit in the group fitness industry: a qualitative study to determine what instructors want in a voice education program

Aiken, Patrick J and Rumbach, Anna F. (2017) Keeping the voice fit in the group fitness industry: a qualitative study to determine what instructors want in a voice education program. Journal of Voice, 32 2: 256.e25-256.e34. doi:10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.04.014

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Author Aiken, Patrick J
Rumbach, Anna F.
Title Keeping the voice fit in the group fitness industry: a qualitative study to determine what instructors want in a voice education program
Journal name Journal of Voice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-1997
1873-4588
Publication date 2017-05-18
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.04.014
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 256.e25
End page 256.e34
Total pages 10
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Mosby
Language eng
Subject 2733 Otorhinolaryngology
3616 Speech and Hearing
2912 LPN and LVN
Abstract This study aimed to provide a descriptive summary of (1) group fitness instructors' (GFIs') experiences of occupational voice use and education, and (2) the content and mode of delivery desired by GFIs in an education and training program.

This is a qualitative inductive approach using a semi-structured interview.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight GFIs recruited via self-selection sampling. Participants were asked to comment on their experiences of voice use, voice education, and their preferences for future education and training.

Participants reported experiencing occupational voice difficulties, and cited inadequate voice education, faulty equipment, and apathetic fitness industry attitudes as core barriers to vocal health. Content focusing on vocal hygiene, safe occupational voice use, use of amplification equipment, and addressing industry attitudes to voice was desired by participants. A combination of face-to-face, web-based, and app-based delivery options was suggested.

The data from this study should be considered when designing a vocal education and training package tailored to the needs of GFIs and the fitness industry.
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Objectives

This study aimed to provide a descriptive summary of (1) group fitness instructors' (GFIs') experiences of occupational voice use and education, and (2) the content and mode of delivery desired by GFIs in an education and training program.

Study Design

This is a qualitative inductive approach using a semi-structured interview.

Method

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight GFIs recruited via self-selection sampling. Participants were asked to comment on their experiences of voice use, voice education, and their preferences for future education and training.

Result

Participants reported experiencing occupational voice difficulties, and cited inadequate voice education, faulty equipment, and apathetic fitness industry attitudes as core barriers to vocal health. Content focusing on vocal hygiene, safe occupational voice use, use of amplification equipment, and addressing industry attitudes to voice was desired by participants. A combination of face-to-face, web-based, and app-based delivery options was suggested.

Conclusion

The data from this study should be considered when designing a vocal education and training package tailored to the needs of GFIs and the fitness industry.
Keyword Occupational voice use
Group fitness instructor
Aerobics instructor
Vocal hygiene
Voice education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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