Putting the New ACSM’s Pre-Activity Screening Guidelines into Practice
By JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM and Aaron C. Craig, Ph.D.
Research has shown that many fitness facilities are not implementing pre-activity screening procedures as
recommended or required by ACSM. As shown in our pilot study, implementing the new ACSM
screening criteria (algorithm) resulted in fewer physician referrals and made the screening process more
time efficient and easier to carry out than when we used the previous ACSM criteria. We believe these
major screening revisions will lead to an increase in the number of fitness facilities conducting screening
and thus enhance the safety of participants and professionalism in the field.
After reading this article, health and fitness professionals will be able to:
1. Develop and implement preactivity screening forms that meet the criteria in the algorithm published in the new ACSM’s screening guidelines.
2. Develop and implement preactivity screening procedures that will be time efficient and easy for staff members to perform.
3. Understand and address the legal issues associated with preactivity screening.
Key words: Pre-activity Screening, ACSM Guidelines, Medical Clearance, Screening Procedures, Legal Liability
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