Date of this Version

4-2016

Document Type

Journal Article

Grant Number

ARC Linkage Project Grant: LP120100275

Publication Details

Published version

Sekendiz, B., Gray, S. E., Norton, K., Keyzer, P., Dietrich, J., Eickhoff-Shemek, J. M., & Finch, C. F. (2016). Safety alert for treadmills in health & fitness facilities in Australia: Results from a pilot study of an observational audit tool. Journal of Fitness Research, 5 (1), 24-28.

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ISSN

2201-5655

Abstract

Introduction:

Design of a health/fitness facility is a crucial element in managing risks to its operators, users and others. Improper location of treadmills not compliant with industry recommendations can increase the risk of injuries, adverse events and subsequent legal liability for health/fitness facility operators. The aim of our study was to analyse the location (spacing and placement) of treadmills in health/fitness facilities in Australia.

Methods:

An on-site observational audit was conducted at regional and metropolitan health/fitness facilities (n = 11) in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. The spacing surrounding the treadmills was measured in centimetres (cm). Placement was assessed by the objects within two metres behind the treadmills.

Results:

In all health/fitness facilities the distances surrounding the treadmills on the sides, and behind were less than the recommended minimum distances (0.5 - 1m on the sides, 2m behind) by the manufacturers. In most of the health/fitness facilities there was other equipment (60%, n = 6) within two metres behind the treadmills.

Discussion:

The findings suggest that most of the health/fitness facilities audited in this study do not comply with industry minimum recommendations on location of treadmills necessary for safe operation.

Conclusion:

Health/fitness facility operators in Australia should be trained to increase their awareness about the risks associated with improper location of treadmills to take appropriate preventive measures.

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