Adult Pre Exercise Screening System

Guide to the Australian adult pre-exercise screening system

AUSactive Professionals and health and fitness business owners are all too aware of the risks involved in prescribing exercise and the need for a consistent standard of professional practice in the Australian health and fitness industry.

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

In 2010 three national organisations – AUSactive, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) – standardised the way pre-exercise screening was undertaken in the Australian health and fitness industry.  In partnership, they’ve developed the Australian adult pre-exercise screening system which provides an evidence-based system for identifying and managing health risks for exercise. In 2019 a newly developed version of the APSS has been released which includes a revised Tool and User Guide. Download the latest versions below.

Adult Pre-Exercise Screening Tool & User Guide

For details on the Pre-Exercise Screening System for Young People (<18yo) refer to: https://fitness.org.au/pss-yp

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