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Assertive screening: health checks prior to exercise programmes in older people.
  1. John Campbell (john.campbell{at}
  1. Dunedin School of Medicine, New Zealand


    Assertive screening, as opposed to defensive screening, is done for the participant’s benefit not the provider’s protection. It is used to identify and manage chronic health conditions and functional limitation. It is neither risk averse, nor protective but an “enabling, pre-exercise medical review that will facilitate safe and effective recreational participation” (1). Such screening asserts the right of older and functionally very limited people to participate in exercise programmes.

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