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All rise now — just how fit are you?

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May 6, 2020

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Claudio Gil Araujo, MD, PhD
May 13, 2020

While SRT is a very safe assessment tool performed by us for more that 20 years in thousands of subjects ranging from 4 to 98 years of age in our Exercise Medicine clinic Most likely, it could be performed, if some precautions are taken, for the self-assessment of musculoskeletal (MUSK) fitness. I may list some of the relative contraindications or special conditions to be considered in undertaking the SRT
The most relevant safety considerations for SRT are:
– To try “easy” at the first attempt (i.e., for those < 40 years old, this means to try sitting and rising from the floor using one hand) and then, if succeed well, try to do again with no hand’s help/support
– To perform at natural speed; please do not perform quickly – speed of execution is not being evaluated and may add some undesirable risk
– To be using comfortable clothes that do not restrict range of motion of joints
– To be barefoot (no socks)
– To do not perform in slippery surfaces
– To have a thin mat to sit on

Please also consider to obtain previous professional health advice and/or supervision before try the SRT if:
– You are pregnant (especially, after 10 weeks)
– You have been submitted to a major surgery (i.e., thoracic, abdominal or orthopedic) in the last 30 days
– You have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or known that you have any relevant balance or neurologic abnormality/disease
– You have had any major recent fall or accident
– You have any hip/knee prosthesis or any major joint abnormality in lower limbs
– You are not sure that you will be able to do it by yourself (especially common in elderly people that are not used to exercise)

Enjoy SRT!

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