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RISK CLASSIFICATION: Is It Safe for Your Client to Exercise?

Franke, Warren D. Ph.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318296db01

LEARNING OBJECTIVE The learner will list, describe, and apply ACSM risk classification criteria to his or her particular exercise facility and unique situation. In addition, the learner can explain why determining the presence of cardiovascular disease risk factors is an important aspect of overall risk classification. Finally, using Internet-based resources and case study presentations, the learner can risk stratify a potential client and determine the client’s 10-year risk for cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment and resulting risk classifi cation are important, yet often ignored, aspects of screening new participants in a health/fi tness facility. Learn more in this informative feature

Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.

Warren D. Franke, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University (ISU). Certified as an ACSM program director, he also is director of The Exercise Clinic at ISU, an on-campus exercise promotion program. His research focuses on mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease risk in emergency responders, such as police officers and firefighters.

Warren D. Franke, Ph.D., FACSM, 247 Forker Bldg, Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011; Email:

Disclosure: Author declares no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 American College of Sports Medicine.