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Partnership sees release of updated Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System for the fitness industry

Partnership sees release of updated Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System for the fitness industry
May 14, 2019

In collaboration with Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has today announced the launch of the newly developed Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System (APSS) which includes an updated Screening Tool and User Guide.

Pre-exercise screening is used to identify people who may have medical conditions which put them at a higher risk of an adverse event during physical activity/exercise. It is a filter or ‘safety net’ to help determine if the potential benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for an individual.

ESSA Chief Executive, Anita Hobson-Powell commented "the APSS is an important tool for the entire industry and benefits not only the professionals but also the Australians who visit a health and fitness professional for the first time. This timely review for the existing tool has provided a great opportunity for all three organisations to collaborate."

The APSS has been a guiding resource for the health and fitness professions over the last seven years.

Now, over the past 18 months, an extensive review of the Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System was conducted with the APSS Working Group, acknowledging the need to adopt a global approach to pre-exercise screening.

Professor Kevin Norton, Chair of the APSS Working Group, added "the screening tool has been updated to reflect international trends in exercise prescription for people who are starting an exercise program. It provides consistency for both consumers and professionals and sets a benchmark for the standard of care in fitness-related health promotion. A great outcome for the three top professional organisations who worked closely together to achieve this solution."

In 2011, the three national organisations, ESSA, SMA and Fitness Australia, standardised the way pre-exercise screening was undertaken in the Australian health and fitness industry. In partnership, they developed the Australian Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System which provides an evidence-based system for identifying and managing health risks for exercise.

Fitness Australia Chief Executive, Barrie Elvish also stated "as Fitness Australia shifts its purpose to getting more Australians, more active, more often, the importance of a newly developed APSS and associated screening tool cannot be underestimated. Minimising risk will give new participants increased confidence to start their active journey."

SMA Chief Executive, Craig Knox, concluded “the APSS has become a prominent and valuable tool that has helped to enhance the safety and effectiveness of exercise delivery throughout Australia.

"Sports Medicine Australia is very pleased to have contributed to this collaborative initiative and most recent update of the tool and guide."

Click here to access the Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System, including the Screening Tool and User Guide.

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