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The role of equipment, the physical environment and training practices in customer safety within fitness facilities : the perspectives of fitness industry employees

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by S Gray, P Keyzer, K Norton, J Dietrich, Betul Sekendiz, I Coyle, C Finch
Fitness facilities provide an avenue for people to engage in physical activity; however, it is important that these facilities have effective strategies to reduce the risk of injuries to their customers. The attitudes of fitness industry employees with respect to safety can influence the implementation of risk management practices that can then impact on the success of such strategies. The aim of this study was to identify views of nationwide fitness industry employees about safety hazards associated with equipment, training practices and the physical environments within fitness facilities. Methods: A 6-week nationwide online cross-sectional self-report survey consisting of 13 basic demographic questions and 10 questions relating to equipment, training practices and physical environment of fitness facilities, extracted from a 45 item questionnaire, answered on a 6-point Likert scale. Results: The majority of the 1178 respondents believed their premises were safe (94.9%). Major factors compromising safety identified by respondents were lack of ventilation (68.9%) and customers frequently observed to leave equipment lying around (43.8%). Over 90% of respondents believed that both the layout of the equipment in their facility and its design was good. There was frequent observation of equipment misuse and customers using weights that were too heavy for them (41.9% and 47.8% respectively). Conclusions: Fitness facilities should implement preventative maintenance of their physical environment and equipment as standard practice. Only qualified fitness professionals should be hired and provided with extensive risk management training to support their role of overseeing customer safety and improving customer training practices

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

4

Issue

2

Start Page

26

End Page

33

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

2201-5655

Location

Australia

Publisher

Australian Institute of Fitness

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Bond University (Gold Coast, Qld.); Federation University Australia; La Trobe University; Monash University; School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of South Australia;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of fitness research.