9 Universal Functional Outcome Measures
Let’s discuss the “9 Universal Functional Outcome Measures“. These measures are standards recognized by the medical community and are well known in the fitness industry. If you want to validate the incorporation of medical exercise training into the medical management process, as a Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist and/or Medical Exercise Specialist, you must base client outcomes on these universally accepted 9 Functional Outcome Measures.
- A1c – glycosylated hemoglobin (usually performed quarterly) used to measure long-term management of diabetes.
- Functional Assessment Scales – including Tinetti, Harris Hip Scale, etc. are used to manage functional outcomes for a wide range of conditions.
- Pain Scale – a simple 1 – 10 scale used to quantify the client’s pain response with functional activities.
- Blood Pressure – measuring blood pressure (BP) must become one of standards of practice
and an essential skill every medical fitness professional must demonstrate proficiency.
- Cholesterol Level – these levels are used as an outcome measure for a number of cardiovascular or metabolic disorders.
- Anthropometric Measures– these may include body fat, body weight or BMI..which ever is best for the condition and/or client.
- VO2max – most fitness and/or rehab facilities will not have the equipment or staff to determine the client’s specific VO2Max but there are several procedures that allow a reasonable estimate using basic fitness equipment.
- Bone Density – with the high incidence of osteoporosis and the obvious use of exercise in managing this condition, bone density is an important measure for exercise outcomes.
- Strength, ROM and Stability– these standard fitness measures are accepted by the medical community and fitness industry.