A brief history of exercise clearance and prescription: 2. Canadian contributions to the development of objective, evidence-based procedures
Keywords:Bill C-131, Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test, Epidemiology, Exercise safety, Exercise testing, Fitness Research Units, PAR-Q test, Population testing, Test standardization
Objective. The aim of this 2-part article is to provide a brief chronicle of the development of exercise clearance and prescription procedures over the past century. Part 1 considered the era when medical interest in exercise was limited, and any advice from physical educators and kinesiologists was based largely upon pulse rate recovery curves. Part 2 considers the development of objective, evidence-based procedures for exercise screening and prescription that began in the 1960s, with a particular emphasis upon the contributions of Canadian exercise scientists.
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