PHYSICAL ACTIVITY READINESS
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE READY FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?
At PRESCRIPTION: HEALTH, there are two aspects that I explore when determining readiness for physical activity. The first is dictated to me by my ethical principles and my professional liability insurance. There are two forms: the PAR-Q and the PARMED - X, that I am required to use. The forms were developed by Canada's health care system and are very useful in
identifying the clients that should not engage in exercise or who should
consult a physician before exercising. A comprehensive health history is taken along with the other two forms and is a necessary aspect of screening for readiness to exercise. A physician's clearance will always be obtained by PRESCRIPTION: HEALTH, for clients that have known medical conditions, before implementing a program.
The second aspect of readiness is based on 3 stages of the theoretical model
The Pre-Contemplation stage is where the client is unaware that they need to
The Contemplation stage is where the client is actively seeking information
The Action stage is where the client wants to change and is committed to
It is important to help the client move from pre-contemplation and
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