Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire – PAR-Q (revised 2002) © CSEP | SCPE
What does PAR-Q mean?
PAR-Q stands for the © Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire.
The physical activity readiness questionnaire was created by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.
This pre activity readiness questionnaire is known as the PARQ , PAR Q, PAR-Q or PAR Q for personal trainers.
The purpose of the PAR-Q is to identify individuals who require further medical evaluation before beginning assessments and/or an exercise program.
These individuals may require medical clearance.
Therefore, the PAR-Q serves as an excellent health screening questionnaire for fitness testing.
As a result, the PAR-Q is used by personal trainers educated and certified as personal trainers by ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
Now that we know the PARQ definition, let’s take a look at the verbiage of an actual PAR-Q.
You can download a free printable questionnaire template here.
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire
(A Questionnaire for People Aged 15 to 69)
Regular physical activity is fun and healthy, and increasingly more people are starting to become more active every day. Being more active is very safe for most people. However, some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active.
If you are planning to become much more physically active than you are now, start by answering the seven questions in the box below. If you are between the ages of 15 and 69, the PAR-Q will tell you if you should check with your doctor before you start. If you are over 69 years of age, and you are not used to being very active, check with your doctor.
Common sense is your best guide when you answer these questions. Please read the questions carefully and answer each one honestly: YES or NO.
- Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
- Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
- In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
- Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
- Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
- Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?
If You Answered YES to One or More Questions
Talk with your doctor by phone or in person BEFORE you start becoming much more physically active or BEFORE you have a fitness appraisal ( a fitness assessment ). Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and which questions you answered YES.
- You may be able to do any activity you want – as long as you start slowly and build up gradually. Or, you may need to restrict your activities to those which are safe for you. Talk with your doctor about the kinds of activities you wish to participate in and follow his/her advice.
- Find out which community programs are safe and helpful for you.
If You Answered NO to All Questions
If you answered NO honestly to all PAR-Q questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can:
- start becoming much more physically active – begin slowly and build up gradually. This is the safest and easiest way to go.
- take part in a fitness appraisal ( a fitness assessment ) – this is an excellent way to determine your basic fitness so that you can plan the best way for you to live actively. It is also highly recommended that you have your blood pressure evaluated. If your reading is over 144/94, talk with your doctor before you start becoming much more physically active.
When to Delay Becoming Much More Active
Even if you answered NO to the entire Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire , you should still delay becoming much more active:
if you are not feeling well because of a temporary illness such as a cold or a fever – wait until you feel better; or
if you are or may be pregnant – talk to your doctor before you start becoming more active.
If your health changes so that you answer YES to any of the above PAR-Q questions, tell your fitness or health professional.
Ask whether you should change your physical activity plan.
Informed Use of the PAR-Q
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Health Canada, and their agents assume no liability for persons who undertake physical activity.
And, if in doubt after completing this physical activity readiness questionnaire, consult your doctor prior to physical activity.
No Changes Permitted. You are encouraged to photocopy the PAR-Q but only if you use the entire form.
NOTE: If the PAR-Q is being given to a person before he or she participates in a physical activity program or a fitness appraisal ( fitness assessment ), this section may be used for legal or administrative purposes.
‘I have read, understood and completed this physical activity readiness questionnaire. Any questions I had were answered to my full satisfaction.’
NAME OF PARENT or GUARDIAN ________________________
(for participants under the age of majority*)
*age of majority where a person is considered to have reached adulthood and can now give legal consent is 18 in most countries. Check with your local or state authorities.
Note: This physical activity readiness questionnaire clearance is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the date it is completed and becomes invalid if your condition changes so that you would answer YES to any of the seven question.
You can download a free printable questionnaire template here.
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