American College of Sports Medicine Expert Consensus Statement to Update Recommendations for Screening, Staffing, and Emergency Policies to Prevent Cardiovascular Events at Health Fitness Facilities

Thompson PD, Baggish AL, Franklin B, Jaworski C, Riebe D. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2020 Jun;19(6):223-231. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000721. PMID: 32516193

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The American College of Sports Medicine issued an updated expert consensus statement on screening, staffing, and emergency policies to prevent cardiovascular events at health fitness facilities. The prior document was released in 1998. This updated document seeks to provide guidance for a variety of exercise settings including sporting event venues (e.g., school athletic facilities). The document covers the importance of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular risks of physical activity, cardiovascular screening of prospective members/users, and general recommendations. The document includes helpful figures and tables.

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