February 28 - 29, 2008 Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 28, 2:15 p.m.
Dr. Haskell called for comments from the committee on the
previous subcommittee reports in a general discussion period.
Initial discussion focused on the suggested chart regarding pre-participation
evaluations presented during the Adverse Events Subcommittee report. Several
members expressed concern the chart suggests it is not necessary for
asymptomatic/health individuals to consult with a health care provider even
though there is a lack of data to suggest otherwise. More discussion centered on
what it actually meant for a health care provider to develop an activity plan as
well as if there was data that supported the efficacy of people at risk
consulting a health care professional prior to commencing a physical activity
program. Further discussion addressed whether the chart was delving into a
recommendation and whether a statement should be made in this area based solely
on the evidence, of which, no clear conclusion can be made. A comment was made
whether pre-participation screenings are actually a barrier to physical activity
or whether it presents an opportunity for the medical profession to become more
educated in the area of physical activity.