CREP Offers Critical Pandemic Guidelines for Exercise Profession
Overland Park, KS – May 11, 2020 – The Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals® (CREP®) announces the release of "Planning a Return to Work," an essential safety guide for exercise professionals working in fitness facilities after COVID-19 shutdowns.
"With most states relaxing business restrictions over the next few weeks, gyms, fitness centers, and exercise professionals are eager to get back to work" says CREP President Brian Biagioli EdD. "Due to the potential for risk, however, we must move forward wisely. This first-of-its-kind resource supports CREP's goal of protecting and advancing the fitness profession while considering the safety of all stakeholders in the fitness industry."
The guide incorporates health and safety research from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation. Its key recommendations for health facilities and personnel include the following:
"The guidelines in Planning a Return to Work fill a need for authoritative and specific information that is currently lacking from other sources," says CREP Executive Officer Katherine Hughey. "It represents the proactive work of several leading exercise and sports science organizations that will be critical to establishing consumer confidence in our industry as well as our ability to safely serve the physical activity needs of our communities."
Organizations supporting the guide include the American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Council on Strength and Fitness, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Pilates Certification Program, and the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association.
Biagioli stresses that these are uncharted waters and anticipates this initial version of the guide will evolve in the coming months: "We are still learning about how to deal with the threats posed by COVID-19. Responding to evidence-based data as it is collected, CREP will continue to improve these best practices to ensure safe environments for both employees and participants."
Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19
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