Did you know many gyms and health clubs expect cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid certification for fitness trainers? And also require an automated external defibrillator (AED) on-site?
Even if it is not required to have CPR and first aid certification, it is good for every fitness professional to become certified.
The unfortunate reality is you do not know who may have a life-threatening emergency. Even someone who appears fit and healthy may have health conditions that can lead to a heart attack. Many cardiac arrest victims appear healthy, with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
CPR and first aid certification are required for many professionals, but you cannot rely on them to be around when you need them. You may be the only one available to perform life-saving first aid during a crisis.
- More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year. About 90 percent of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die.
- CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, doubles the chance of survival. However, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
- 25% of all emergency room visits could be avoided with basic first aid and CPR certification.
CPR, AED, and first aid training promote valuable skills for anyone. The added risks associated with exercise means it is particularly crucial for fitness trainers to become and maintain certification.
Heart Health and Exercise
Routine exercise is associated with a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and dying of a heart attack. Those physically active have lower blood pressure, higher insulin sensitivity, and lower cholesterol.
However, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the most major risk factors for heart disease! And many people who choose to work out are working on improving their health and lifestyle – going from a less active lifestyle to a more active one. According to the World Heart Federation, lack of exercise can increase your risk for heart disease by 50%.
Here are some signs of heart problems to look out for:
- Chest discomfort – many heart attacks begin with a feeling of mild discomfort, uncomfortable pressure, or fullness in the center of your chest. This type of pain is subtle and may not be constant, but comes and goes.
- Shortness of breath – when shortness of breath is unusual or occurs with chest discomfort, it is often a precursor to a heart attack.
- Dizziness or light-headedness – feeling fatigued, or tired during exercise can happen. However, you should never feel dizzy and should stop exercising right away.
- Heart beat skipping, palpitating, or thumping – abnormal heart beat rhythms could be an indication of heart-related issues. If you notice these during exercise, you should seek medical attention.
- Discomfort in other areas of the body – heart pain can often radiate beyond your chest, causing discomfort in your arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
If you are concerned you may be experiencing a heart attack, do not wait to see what happens! Call 911 or seek medical help. The American Heart Association warns waiting no more than five minutes to call 911. Your heart may stop beating during a heart attack.
Every second counts. Which is why all fitness professionals should be CPR and first aid certified.
Illinois AED Law for Fitness Centers
The state of Illinois requires all physical fitness facilities, including outdoor facilities, have an AED on-site and at least one trained AED user on staff. CPR training for gym employees must include the proper use, maintenance, and inspection of the AED, as well as an understanding of how to respond during emergencies appropriately.
According to the American Heart Association, only 50% of people can locate an AED at work? With 10,000 cardiac arrests annually in the workplace, knowing where and how to use an AED has the potential to save many lives.
Save-A-Life offers CPR and first aid certification needed for fitness trainers, gyms, fitness centers, and healthcare clubs. We provide CPR certification, as well as AED equipment and training to abide by Illinois’ requirements for responding to emergencies.
CPR training is never a bad idea. Corporate CPR training can be brought right to your brick-and-mortar business, minimizing employee missed work time and saving lives. Contact Save-A-Life today to arrange CPR and first aid certification for your fitness facility.