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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
People taking part in fun-runs should ensure that they are properly prepared for the level of exertion required, the AMA (WA) said today.
Following the recent deaths of two fun run participants at this year’s City to Surf event, the Australian Medical Association (WA) has released a set of guidelines providing health advice to participants.
“Fun runs are great initiatives with hundreds of thousands of people taking part each year across our nation,” AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.
“But we cannot afford to ignore the potentially fatal health impact of such exertion.”
“Where an event requires high physical exertion, and attracts novice exercisers, there must be comprehensive health information provided to anyone registering in the event.
“Participants need to be aware of the risks involved when taking part in activities that require high levels of endurance, and ensure they are properly prepared for the event.
“This is especially important for individuals with a history of chronic medical issues (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or arthiritis) or high risk factors, such as smoking, being overweight or have a family history of heart disease or sudden death at an early age.
“I urge participants who have any doubts about their fitness, a family history of illness or are returning to running after a major break, to check with their GP prior to the event,” Dr Choong said.
The guideline is available on the AMA (WA) website for all event organisers and participants, and contains relevant information on how to train properly and safely.
To view the guidelines please click here.