Researchers from Central Queensland University, Australia, have
highlighted how risk management in the health and fitness industry is sub-optimal
across Queensland. Inappropriately designed fitness programs and services puts
users at increased risk of injury and adverse health outcomes rather than
providing them with the tools to build a healthy lifestyle.
With obesity rates growing 15 percent each year, by 2020, Australia is set to be the third fattest nation after the USA and England. More people are exercising in order to reduce the problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, risk assessment is inadequate in terms of sports facilities and many fitness programs rely on the participants taking out insurance and signing legal waivers rather than their being taught safe practices and given a safe environment in which to exercise.
The report is published in the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management.