2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Sarah Toevs


The American population of older adults is increasing due to longer life expectancies and lowered birth rates. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10,000 people turn 65 years old (Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-Being in Older Adults, 2018). Physical activity has been shown to reduce disability and improve the quality of life (Cress et al., 2006, p. 38) Community-based physical activity programs often require their participants to complete a preparticipation screening tool to identify any risk factors that may cause adverse reactions to the physical activity. We conducted a survey of evidence-based fall prevention programs to evaluate their preparticipation health screening forms. The results indicate the need for more research on preparticipation tools to determine the value and effectiveness of screening methods for physical activity programs like Fit and Fall Proof.



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