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Revised and updated to reflect the most current information from the American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM's Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines, Third Edition, outlines the proper standards and guidelines to follow for designing and operating health and fitness facilities. The book provides facility managers with the tools necessary for evaluating the quality of their facilities, staff, and programs, and it shows them what they must do to maintain the standard of care that they offer their members and users. Facility managers will also get tips on what services, equipment, or programming they should provide to enhance the overall experience at their facility, thereby increasing and retaining membership.
By incorporating the views of industry trade organizations and fitness associations, this new third edition represents an up-to-date industry consensus on accepted standards (the minimal performance expectations each facility must meet) and guidelines (recommendations for each facility achieving higher than minimal expectations) for staffing, programming, safety, design, and equipment. The following are updates and enhancements to this new edition:
-A thorough presentation of standards and guidelines addressing all aspects of facility management, such as risk management and emergency planning, pre-activity screening, orientation, education, supervision, staff qualifications, facility design and construction, facility equipment, signage, and operational practices
-Explanations about why compliance to the standards is beneficial to health and fitness facilities
-Recommendations concerning the development of technological advances, such as automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
-Related federal laws, including the OSHA blood-borne pathogen rule, employment laws, and the Federal Privacy Act, so that facility managers can protect their members as well as their businesses
-ACSM position statements and information from the most recent ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (2006)
-A substantial increase in the supplemental materials and forms featured in the appendixes, providing even more specific detailed information for various types of facilities ACSM's Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines, Third Edition, is far more applicable than previous editions. By organizing the content into chapters that feature reviews and discussions of specific focal points as well as many practical applications, the material is easy to apply in real-world situations. Each chapter is focused on a specific issue and addresses both the standards and guidelines that pertain to that issue.
As a result, facility managers in every setting can gain a clear understanding of how to put the recommendations into practice, whether in a community or workplace facility, school, hotel, or spa. By measuring their facilities against the recommendations, managers can enhance the services they deliver to facility members.
"...Must-have club reference..." Club Business International
"If you are a facility manager, this text will give you an essential set of tools to develop an assessment of your facility, and then a roadmap to improve the facility and its operation." Fitness Management
"This text is top-notch, to the point, and relevant for any facility." Fitness Management
“An absolute "must-have" for anyone responsible for fitness facilities, from private gyms to community, school, workplace, hotel, and spa facilities." The Midwest Book Review
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the largest, most respected sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. What started with a group of only 11 physicians, physiologists, and educators in 1954 has evolved into a diversified professional association that comprises more than 20,000 international, national, and regional chapter members in 80 countries and represents more than 50 occupations.
ACSM is dedicated to enhancing health through science, education, and medicine.
Chapter 2. Pre-Activity Screening
Standards for Pre-Activity Screening
Guidelines for Pre-Activity Screening
Chapter 3. Orientation, Education, and Supervision
Standards for Orientation, Education, and Supervision
Guidelines for Orientation, Education, and Supervision
Chapter 4. Risk Management and Emergency Policies
Standards for Risk Management and Emergency Policies
Guidelines for Risk Management and Emergency Policies
Chapter 5. Professional Staff and Independent Contractors
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Professional Staff and Independent Contractors
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Professional Staff and Independent Contractors
Chapter 6. Health/Fitness Facility Design and Construction
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Design and Construction
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Design and Construction
Chapter 7. Health/Fitness Facility Equipment
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Equipment
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Equipment
Chapter 8. Health/Fitness Facility Operating Practices
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Operating Practices
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Operating Practices
Chapter 9. Signage in Health/Fitness Facilities
Standards for Signage in Health/Fitness Facilities
Guidelines for Signage in Health/Fitness Facilities
Appendix A. Supplements Appendix B. Forms Appendix C. Accessible Sports Facilities: A Summary of Accessibility Guidelines for Recreational Facilities Appendix D. Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas: A Summary of Accessibility Guidelines for Swimming Pools and Spas Appendix E. Trade and Professional Associations Involved in the Health/Fitness Facility Industry Appendix F. About the American College of Sports Medicine Appendix G. AHA/ACSM Joint Position Statement: Recommendations for Cardiovascular Screening, Staffing, and Emergency Policies at Health/Fitness Facilities Appendix H. ACSM/AHA Joint Position Statement: Automated External Defibrillators in Health/Fitness Facilities Appendix I. Bibliography