This free course, A question of ethics: right or wrong?, discusses ethical and professional principles in sport and fitness environments. Working closely with individuals and developing relationships is an inherent and often satisfying part of the work of a sports coach or exercise instructor. However, it can bring about ethical and professional challenges and can sometimes place practitioners in a difficult or uncomfortable position, e.g. a confidence shared and/or personal dilemmas. The course considers good practice and certain ethical issues, in particular the relationship between the coach/instructor and individuals with a specific focus on power relationships. We also explore the responsibility of the practitioner to help develop character.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
explain why and how sport and fitness professionals are required to work within the codes of conduct set by the relevant organisations to ensure good practice standards
identify the different power relationships that can exist within sport and fitness settings and evaluate the effects an imbalance of power can cause
evaluate the role of the coach or instructor in influencing morals in a range of environments
consider potential ethical dilemmas that may arise within different areas of practice within sport and fitness and to develop possible solutions.