General

The Par-Q questionnaire is a survey you can use to determine whether you can start to exercise more without consulting your doctor or therapist.

After answering seven simple questions, you know whether it is wise to exercise more on your own initiative. The test shows whether you can start immediately, or whether it is better to first visit your doctor/therapist. The Par-Q questionnaire is intended for people between 15-69 years old who want to exercise more.

Content

The test consists of the following components:

  • Measuring moment

Procedure

  1. Has a doctor ever diagnosed you with a cardiovascular disease and advised that you should only perform physical activity on doctor’s orders?
  2. Do you have a pain in your chest during physical activity?
  3. Have you suffered from pain in your chest while resting in the previous months?
  4. Do you ever lose your balance as a result of dizziness or lose consciousness?
  5. Do you suffer from a bone or joint disease, like arthrosis, arthritis, or rheumatism, which is exacerbated by exercise?
  6. Are you currently using medication prescribed by a doctor (water pills for example) for your blood pressure or heart?
  7. Is there a good reason that has not yet been mentioned for you not to participate in an activity program?

The questionnaire

If you answer one or more questions with ‘yes’, the physical exercise should be postponed. In that case you need a medical check or adjustment.

  • Has a doctor ever diagnosed you with a cardiovascular disease and advised that you should only perform physical activity on doctor’s orders?
  • Do you have a pain in your chest during physical activity?
  • Have you suffered from pain in your chest when resting in the previous months?
  • Do you ever lose your balance as a result of dizziness or lose consciousness?
  • Do you suffer from a bone or joint disease, like arthrosis, arthritis, or rheumatism, which is exacerbated by exercise?
  • Are you currently using medication prescribed by a doctor (water pills for example) for your blood pressure or heart?
  • Is there a good reason that has not yet been mentioned for you not to participate in an activity program?

Required equipment

For this test you need the following:

  • The Par-Q questionnaire

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