Where can I find information to provide more personalized guidance? Which fitness and health databases are useful for creating quality content?
You’ve probably encountered a client with a very specific condition and wanted to research it for a more personalized service. Or perhaps, you’ve wanted to share your routines or meals on social media but struggled with what to write in the caption to instill greater confidence in your followers.
Well, this can be easily addressed by staying informed with official sources and sharing what you learn with your community.
Let’s take a look at them!
What is PubMed?
It is an open-access search engine specialized in health sciences.
It has over 33 million citations and abstracts from biomedical literature, making it a highly valuable and authoritative resource among most Fitness & Health professionals.
PubMed allows both simple and complex searches thanks to its field-specific search function.
Search results can be saved using various tools and displayed in different formats, making it easy not only to consult but also to identify relevant information for your project, content, or guidance.
PubMed’s bibliographic references mainly come from the fields of biomedicine and health, as well as related disciplines such as:
- Life Sciences
- Behavioral Sciences
- Chemical Sciences
It also facilitates searching across various NLM literature resources:
- MEDLINE: The largest component of PubMed, containing key bibliographic references.
- PubMed Central (PMC): Includes individual articles and journals reviewed and selected by NLM.
- Bookshelf: A full-text archive of books, reports, databases, and other documents related to biomedical, health, and life sciences.
They have created a guide on how to correctly search their databases; you can check it out here.
EBSCO is a company that provides full texts, indexes, and academic and periodical publications covering various areas of sciences and humanities.
The research databases it offers for free cover a variety of topics for students, researchers, and librarians. One that might be useful for your searches is:
EBSCO Open Dissertations: A free database with over 1.4 million electronic theses and dissertations from over 320 universities worldwide.
#3 SPORTDiscus by EBSCO
Firstly, SPORTDiscus is a resource belonging to the EBSCO database. However, we decided to include it in this article as an additional point because searches conducted through this tool can be much more specific to the fitness sector.
You should know that this database has limited access, meaning only individuals or entities with an EBSCO license, such as students, teachers, instructors, and other fitness and health professionals, are authorized to access it.
Products offered by EBSCO:
The primary bibliographic database for sports and sports medicine research.
It includes records from major scientific and sports medicine journals, as well as popular magazines, monographs, book chapters, conferences, congress proceedings, websites, theses, and dissertations.
It covers various subjects related to sports and sports science: physical education, psychology, biomechanics, sports medicine, nutrition, law and legislation, and administration.
It gathers publications in 60 different languages and contains abstracts in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
A full-text database of sports medicine and sports journals.
It is a virtual library composed of a collection of journals, articles, and scientific reports on health sciences.
This interface provides universal and direct access to precise and reliable information. You can perform a simple or advanced search for articles or journals of interest from
- Editor Names
- City of Publication
You can make a simple or advanced article search at this link.
#5 Gatorade Sport Science Institute
GSSI has a long history in sports science research, education, and athlete assessment. It has been one of the first organizations to make a library of teaching materials available to everyone, including recommendations and brochures, posters, newsletters, articles, and strategy manuals.
Thanks to this, it has become an indispensable resource for health professionals working with athletes and fitness professionals in general.
The content you can find includes:
- Nutrition and hydration
- Types of sports and workouts
- Myths and facts about nutrition
- Exercise and lactation
- Sports prevention
- Training and nutrition-related tips
- Physical performance in different scenarios and more…
What you can do and the benefits of using these databases
Consulting databases will not only allow you to further professionalize your advice and services but also help you continue creating content for your social media backed by proven scientific information, design more specific exercise programs or workouts, and create personalized nutrition plans.
In time, this will translate into significant benefits for you and your business, such as:
- Building trust in your services
- Enhancing your professional image
- Focusing your communication
Now that you have the ideal tools to boost your content and guidance, it’s time to take the next step in managing your business to become the professional you want to be.
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