FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS [FAQs]
How does it all work?
The Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) adult pre-exercise screening tool 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 or 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 progress and modify your program as needed.
What is the difference between ‘pre-exercise screening’ and ‘exercise assessment’?
‘Pre-exercise screening’ is a compulsory component of our exercise programs to help ensure your safety by managing identified risks and satisfactory results. The screen helps to ensure you are in good health and ready to perform exercise. Our ‘exercise assessment’ [outcome measurement] provides baseline measurements of functional performance to guide your rehabilitation. Periodic re-evaluation of these outcome measures helps us monitor and guide your rehabilitation progress and gauge your levels of success.
How can I return to full functional fitness?
Once you have completed the initial stages of treatment and rehabilitation from an episode of pain, injury or illness, it is advisable to commence a specific and individual program aimed at helping you to return to full functional fitness. This program should be designed to not only get you back into your chosen activities or sports, but also to ensure that a return to even better shape in order to minimise the risk of any re-occurrence.
Is there a more advanced and comprehensive pre-exercise screening option available to me?
Yes! If you would like a more advanced and comprehensive exercise screening option, please ask about our ‘HEATLH AGE ASSESSMENT’ or our ‘ANNUAL HEALTH & FITNESS CHECK-UP’ or read about these assessments on-line on our webpage. Exercise screening is usually performed by one of our Accredited Exercise Physiologists [AEPs**]. We also have available some optional additional assessments that are included for screening in our ‘OPTIMAL HEALTH AND FITNESS’ package. This includes a ‘DEXA body composition analysis’ and a ‘DIET + NUTRITION assessment’ performed by a dietician or nutritionist – speak to our team to confirm cost for these assessments.
Do I need re-assessment at any stage?
No, not necessarily. Once you have had your pre-exercise screening, you are cleared for exercise program participation and ready to begin working out! However, should you like to see if your health and fitness markers have improved in response to your exercise program or changed over time if you have been inactive for a while, please ask and we will happily book you in for re-assessment.
What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist [**AEP]?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are widely recognised as the highest qualified health professionals in the design and delivery of exercise services. An AEP describes a university trained and Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accredited exercise specialist who possesses the knowledge, skills and competency to design and deliver general physical activity advice and clinical exercise prescription for apparently healthy persons and for those persons with chronic and complex diseases. The strong research and evidence around the profound benefits of exercise and more importantly “targeted and specific exercise” is the reason they play such a vital role in the complete care of manage people suffering pain and injury.