Validation and development of an observational system for the kinesics communication of the fitness instructor
The aim of this study was to develop and validate an observational system for the kinesics communication of the fitness instructor, as well as conduct a pilot study. The development and validation process of the observation system was done in five sequential phases. At the end of this process, it was obtained the validity and reliability of 5 coding dimensions and 21 categories of instructor kinesics behavior, creating the final version of the observational system. Thereafter, the observational system was used in a pilot study conducted in a sample of 12 fitness instructors from four different group exercise classes. Data suggested that instructor´s kinesics behavior could be feasibly coded with the observational system. It was conducted a comparison of his interventions across several activities, although with a small sample size.
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