Ensuring safe exercise participation in clinical populations: who is responsible?

Kade Davison and Christopher D Askew
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01108
Published online: 6 July 2015

An overview of recent advances and ongoing challenges in exercise participation-related risk

The benefits of regular physical activity are well established, and the advice to “move more” can be offered to most individuals with little risk. Exercise, where there is a structured movement and activity plan, is recommended as cornerstone management for people with many chronic conditions, but it carries inherent risks that must be considered.1 The responsibility for managing this risk should be shared between primary health providers, patients and exercise professionals, but how well does this work in practice?

  • 1 University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, QLD.


Competing interests:

We are accredited exercise physiologists with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

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