The Importance of Flexibility Training
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The quality of professional development of exercise physiologists is
determined by the quality of their professional thinking, which in turn is determined by
the quality of their critical thinking - for critical thinking is the driving force behind
professionalism. Without critical thinking skills, there is little reason to think of
exercise physiologists as healthcare professionals. In fact, it is obvious that all the
scientific papers, presentations, and posters by exercise physiologists at national and
regional meetings cannot define exercise physiology as a profession. This point is
within their understanding if they work at critical thinking as they have taught their
students to think scientifically. Yet, many exercise physiologists continue to present
their scientific papers without internalizing the concepts and principles essential to the
underlying concepts of critical thinking and professionalism in exercise physiology.
Despite having the doctorate degree and after teaching years of college and university
courses, it is apparent that relatively few professors have the desire to become selfdirected,
self-monitored, and self-corrective critical thinkers to guide their students’
path towards a professional understanding of flexibility training.
Adaptive shortening, Adductors, Flexibility training, Hamstrings,
Myocardial oxygen consumption, Oxygen transport, Plantar flexors, Stretching
Board Certified Exercise Physiologist, USA.