CERTIFIED RUNNING TECHNIQUE SPECIALIST
The Romanov Academy of Sport Science has put forth 23 years of volunteer effort in collaborative self-regulation to develop a worldwide standard. The examination questions were assembled by a Subject Matter Expert panel in 2009. The aim of the panel was to develop a suitably challenging examination that averaged a score in the 70 percentile. Every five years, the examination questions are re-evaluated to reflect new developments and industry research. The work continues today, the goal is to lead the process to a clear and consistent definition of Running Technique Specialist with uniform practice guidelines, to raise the standards and level of competency among health and fitness professionals involved in running related education, training and treatment .
The job task analysis (JTA) for the Running Technique Specialist (RTS) describes what the specialist does on a day-to-day basis. The JTA serves as a blueprint for an examination intended to assess the practice-related knowledge of professionals seeking certification for the job of a Running Technique Specialist.
New content outline effective date: Dec 2019
The Running Technique Specialist (RTS) possesses a minimum of a high school diploma and works in a group setting or 1-on-1 with healthy individuals who wish to improve their health and quality of life through running and similar endurance events. The Running Technique Specialist develops and leads safe and effective running programs using a variety of leadership techniques to foster motivation and to enhance muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, and body composition.
The Running Technique Specialist (RTS) exam has a seat time of 90 minutes and consists of 106 items. The percentages listed below indicate the proportion of questions representing each performance domain. The performance domains are:
The job of a Running Technique Specialist can range between simple and complicated tasks. A low level of cognitive processing is background knowledge of pertinent information whereas a higher level of cognitive processing includes analysis and evaluation. Romanov Academy of Sport Science uses three levels of cognitive challenge: knowledge, application and synthesis.
1) Determine physical readiness of runner or group by conducting a screening and ongoing assessment.
2) Determine training session (i.e., warm-up, skill/technique, workout and cool-down) in order to create an effective training session upon the objectives of the runner or group.
3) Select and sequence appropriate skill development exercises to provide a workout based upon the objectives of the runner or group.
4) Demonstrate safe and effective running technique in accordance with industry standards and guidelines.
5) Incorporate verbal and non-verbal instructional cues to optimize communication, safety and motivation based upon industry standards and guidelines.
6) Monitor participants’ performance to ensure safe and effective exercise execution in accordance with industry standards and guidelines.
7) Follow professional, ethical and business standards in order to optimize safety and reduce liability.
8) Respond to emergencies to minimize untoward events by following procedures consistent with established standards of care and facility policies.
Romanov Academy of Sport Science is dedicated to the advancement of education in health + fitness and improvement of athletic performance. It is the first and the only sports education establishment to teach a unified approach to movement and technique for all sports.
Romanov Academy of Sport Science
1825 Ponce de Leon Blvd., #460,
Coral Gables, FL 33134