PAR-Q Questionnaire for the Practice of Physical Activity and Sport (A Questionnaire for People from 15 to 69 years old)
Regular physical activity is healthy and wholesome, and more people every day are starting to be more active. Being more active is safe for most people. However, some individuals should consult a physician before beginning an exercise or physical activity program.
The PAR-Q will tell you if you need to see your doctor before starting an exercise or physical activity program. If you are over 69 years of age and not used to being active, see your doctor.
Common sense is the main guide to answering these questions. Please read the questions carefully and answer each one honestly; Check YES or NO.
Has your doctor ever told you that you have a cardiovascular problem, that you can only carry out exercises or physical activity if referred by a doctor?
Do you suffer from frequent chest pains when you do any type of physical activity?
In the last month, has your chest hurt when you were not physically active?
Do you frequently lose your balance due to dizziness, or have you ever lost consciousness?
Do you have bone or joint problems (for example, in your back, knees, or hips) that could be aggravated by increased physical activity?
Is there any other reason why you should not participate in a physical activity program or any other reason?
YES to one or more questions
Talk to your doctor on the phone or in person BEFORE you start to be more physically active, or BEFORE you have a fitness assessment. Tell your doctor that you took this questionnaire and the questions you answered YES.
You can be ready to do any activity you want, as long as you start slowly and gradually. Or, you may need to restrict your activity to those that are safest for you. Talk to your doctor about the type of activities you want to participate in and follow his advice.
NO to all questions
If you honestly answered NO to the questions, then you can be reasonably sure that you can begin to be more physically active, but take a slow approach and progress gradually. This is the safest and easiest way.
You can also participate in the functional assessment. This is an excellent way to determine your baseline fitness, which helps you plan the best strategy for active living.
If there is any change in your health, it is important that this situation is reported to your doctor and personal trainer. Ask if you should change your exercise or physical activity plan.
I have read, understood and completed the questionnaire. All questions were answered to my complete satisfaction. ̈