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With the Summer upon us and the opening of many towns and cities, the new “normal” is being adopted by Americans across a broad spectrum. CREP has been working to ensure our exercise professionals know how to be and feel safe in work environments while providing their quality services. CREP not only released a best practices document on return-to-work guidelines, but also represented ICREPS on a World Health Organization (WHO) task force to create recommendations for the safe return to physical activity. This enabled CREP to play a key role in representing staff and exercise professionals with personal and professional safety guidelines.
CREP has also been diligent in implementing our strategic plan to attain higher recognition for exercise professionals in their unique roles in health, fitness, and performance for sports. This includes protecting our scope of practice in several states while encouraging broader participation in physical activity through policy support.
Finally, CREP has also been assiduous in maintaining a strong leadership board with recent nominations for board seats being evaluated through our transparent nomination and election processes. We look forward to continuing our efforts as a guiding light to the industry and to serve our stakeholders in a safe and responsible way.    

Brian Biagioli, EdD
President, CREP Board of Directors
CREP Offers Critical Pandemic Guidelines for Exercise Profession
 
Overland Park, KS – May 11, 2020 – The Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals® (CREP®) announces the release of “Planning a Return to Work,” an essential safety guide for exercise professionals working in fitness facilities after COVID-19 shutdowns.
“With most states relaxing business restrictions over the next few weeks, gyms, fitness centers, and exercise professionals are eager to get back to work” says CREP President Brian Biagioli EdD. “Due to the potential for risk, however, we must move forward wisely. This first-of-its-kind resource supports CREP’s goal of protecting and advancing the fitness profession while considering the safety of all stakeholders in the fitness industry.”
The guide incorporates health and safety research from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation. Its key recommendations for health facilities and personnel include the following:
  • Assess spaces to support social distancing requirements
  • Determine areas and equipment that users can access and which will remain off limits
  • Set rules for use of personal protective equipment
  • Prepare an operating plan and train staff on procedures
  • Establish cleaning and sanitization practices and schedules
  • Modify classes and training schedules
“The guidelines in Planning a Return to Work fill a need for authoritative and specific information that is currently lacking from other sources,” says CREP Executive Officer Katherine Hughey. “It represents the proactive work of several leading exercise and sports science organizations that will be critical to establishing consumer confidence in our industry as well as our ability to safely serve the physical activity needs of our communities.”
Organizations supporting the guide include the American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Council on Strength and Fitness, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Pilates Certification Program, and the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association.
Biagioli stresses that these are uncharted waters and anticipates this initial version of the guide will evolve in the coming months: “We are still learning about how to deal with the threats posed by COVID-19. Responding to evidence-based data as it is collected, CREP will continue to improve these best practices to ensure safe environments for both employees and participants.”

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Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are used by healthcare providers to report and bill the services and/or procedures they deliver to patients. CPT codes are managed by the American Medical Association (AMA). Earlier this year the AMA released new codes specifically designated for health and wellness coaches, further showing the increased attention being given to the benefits and importance of greater inclusion of physical activity in the healthcare system. CREP is reviewing these codes, and looking to identify ways to expand reimbursement for other physical activity related assessments and interventions. 
 
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The United States Registry of Exercise Professionals® (USREPS®) provides verification of valid credentials for the largest number of exercise professionals in the world.

With nearly 200,000 certificants, representing five fitness professions, USREPS® serves as the sole clearing house for verified NCCA-accredited or ISO 17024-compliant certifications for Group Exercise Instructors, Personal Trainers, Pilates Teachers, Strength and Conditioning Professionals and Clinical Exercise Specialists.

USREPS offers the most efficient and streamlined method of positively verifying the current professional credentials of prospective and existing staff. Employers may verify a single professional or verify a large group of professionals at one time.
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