Pre-exercise Screening

Pre-exercise Screening 2018-11-19T08:52:34+00:00

Why do I need pre-exercise screening?

All people undertaking group or class exercise with us undergo a screening assessment or health check before they can begin. This is a compulsory component of any training program to ensure your safety and satisfactory results. The screen helps to ensure you are in good health and ready to begin an exercise program. It also provides the basis for goal setting, outcome measurement and ensures you are better informed about our programs and aware of your risk factors and how to best manage these. In some circumstances, the screen also helps us to quickly identify clients with a known disease or signs and symptoms of a disease and put in place a suitable management strategy. This approach is part of our fully integrated Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology service.

Key BENEFITS for you:

1. Assists and guides personalised goal setting.

2. Identifies health risks, including cardiovascular factors & risks specific to your condition & goals.

3. Helps design exercise programs tailored to your needs, including strength & conditioning elements.

4. Helps monitor, review, motivate and support your exercise performance, safety and progression.

5. Helps monitor rehabilitation progress/outcomes & change in health and fitness variables over time.

6. Helps to monitor the impact of changes to your lifestyle, physical activities and behaviour.


What does it involve?

Our basic screen includes the ‘Adult pre-exercise screening tool’ developed in 2012 by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia, as a way of standardising how pre-exercise screening was undertaken in Australia. This is the industry standard pre-exercise screening tool. In addition to this questionnaire approach, we measure your blood pressure and heart rate response to check your baseline fitness level and exercise risks. Where indicated, we also undertake specific functional testing relevant to your condition and goals. The measures of your fitness and functional abilities help us to design your tailored exercise program, taking in to account any identified deficits, priority areas, barriers, and risks, in addition to helping to track your progress. Our therapists select appropriate methods for measurement of functional performance [exercise assessment / outcome measurement] according to individual exercise and rehabilitation goals and relevant timeframes. Our team approach is underpinned by excellent communication and a coordinated delivery of services that helps set realistic goals, identify and overcome barriers and monitor progress to help you exercise safely and achieve rehabilitation success.


The Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) adult pre-exercise screening tool is a methodical process that aims to identify individuals with a known disease or signs and symptoms of an underlying disease that may be at higher risk of an adverse event during physical activity / exercise.  The tool consists of 3 stages of risk assessment: Stage 1 being compulsory, and Stages 2 and 3 being optional with discretion by your Accredited Exercise Physiologist [AEP]. If ‘questions in Stage 1 are answered ‘yes’, the AEP determines if referral to a GP may be necessary before undertaking exercise. The tool also includes some specific risk stratification measures that can further assist the AEP in determining the level of risk and therefore the appropriate exercise prescription intensity for each individual. These additional questions include a medical history and a range of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors such as family history of heart disease. Objective measures such as BMI, waist girth, blood pressure, fasting blood lipid profile and blood glucose help determine cardiac risk factors using the tool. The tool is used in conjunction with a range of other screens including activity questionnaires or objective measures of function including strength, aerobic fitness, endurance, agility, postural tolerance, lifting capacity or balance.  We reassess functional measures at appropriate intervals to monitor your response & progress.