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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
People taking part in fun-runs need to be well informed of the potential health risks involved in these events, the AMA (WA) said today.
Following the deaths of two fun run participants at last year’s City to Surf event, the AMA (WA) has prepared a set of guidelines providing health advice to participants.
“We will be seeing a number of fun runs in the upcoming months, and now is the time for people to be aware of the potential health implications involved.
“Fun runs are great initiatives with hundreds of thousands of people taking part each year across our nation,” AMA (WA) Immediate Past 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.
“It is important that each fun run website has easily accessible health information for potential participants. These events require high levels of endurance, and it is extremely important that proper preparation takes place to avoid unnecessary injuries.
“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.
To view the guidelines, please click here.