Researchers from the University of Ballarat’s Centre for Healthy and Safe Sport (CHASS) are collaborating on a project led by Professor Patrick Keyzer into improving risk management in fitness facilities.
The study is funded by an ARC Linkage project with industry partners Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia.
Professor Patrick Keyzer, from the Bond University’s Law Faculty, who is heading the research project, said the project would have major implications for the future of the fitness industry and its risk management practices nationally.
Professor Finch of CHASS said: “We want to give the fitness industry the best advice about how to reduce both legal risks for its businesses and injury risks for those who use fitness facilities for their physical activity.
“Before we can do this we need to know what the current views and practices are of people employed in the fitness industry,” Professor Finch said.
“For this reason, we are conducting a nationwide survey to hear from as many fitness industry employees as possible about the issues they face.”
The survey is available on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/legalriskmanagement until 21 June.
“It is particularly important that the survey includes the views of people from regional cities, not just the capital cities,” Professor Finch said.
“The Ballarat region is a hub of fitness activities and we want to ensure that we can continue to achieve public health goals of ensuing more people are more active, more often through remaining injury free.
“For this reason, we would like to encourage as many people as possible from our region to complete the survey and have their say.”
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