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The Australian fitness industry risk management (AFIRM) project: Building best practices
conference contributionposted on 15.08.2018, 00:00 by P Keyzer, J Dietrich, V Jones, K Norton, Betul Sekendiz, S Gray, C Finch
Over the past 15 years, Australians have increasingly been utilising fitness services. While regular physical activity can help prevent obesity, overly vigorous exercise can trigger adverse health events. Uncertainty surrounding policies and practices may expose staff and facilities to the risk of legal liability. The AFIRM project was established to explore the operation of rules and regulations for the delivery of safe fitness services. This symposium will showcase recent research results undertaken by the AFIRM team involving; a national online survey (n = 1178), faceto- face interviews (n = 60) and observational audits in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA facilities (n = 11). Implications for risk management and injury prevention in the industry will be highlighted. Current concerns identified by the industry relating to risk and injuries will be discussed, insight to advance various aspects of injury prevention offered, and discussion stimulated on the future of risk management and injury prevention, including new tools to help mitigate legal risk and injuries.