BASES Position Stands

BASES Position Stands provide evidence-based guidance on a range of topics which have been identified as of interest to sport and exercise scientists. Position Stands provide a clear, objective summary of existing evidence and the conclusions that can be drawn. One benefit of the Position Stand over an Expert Statement is that there is no size limit to the document, as BASES will promote and publish the finished Position Stand, but it would not appear in The Sport and Exercise Scientist (for which Expert Statements have a strict two-page word count)

BASES provides open access to all published BASES Position Stands on both its main website and within the resources section of the Members’ Area.

If you are interested in authoring a Position Stand - more information about how to apply can be found here. The proposal form can be found here.

Click the title links below to download a Position Stand in PDF format. Position Stands are displayed in chronological order based on publication date, starting with the most recently published.

BASES Position Stands

The BASES Position Stand on the Ongoing Pandemic

Produced on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences by Drs Andy Smith FBASES, Rita de Oliveira, Mark Faghy, Mark Ross and Neil Maxwell FBASES. Full PDF here.

Summary: Whilst the Pandemic is not over, its impact on Sport and Exercise Science will be long lasting and profound. This Position Stand includes an historical record of how BASES responded to the Pandemic, and provides advice and resources to members on how to continue to practice safety during the ongoing Pandemic and in its aftermath. The Position Stand informs members how they can volunteer to support others and how they can access support themselves. Finally, the Position Stand speculates on the ongoing and long-term impact of the Pandemic and the implications of these for members and the Association.

The BASES Statement on ‘Reflecting on re-opening? You are not alone’

Produced on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences by Andy Smith, Rita de Oliveira, Mark Faghy, Mark Ross and Neil Maxwell. Full PDF here

Summary: This Reflective Statement is a companion piece to the BASES Position Stand on the ‘Reopening of Sport and Exercise Science Departments in Higher Education after lockdown’. It i) reflects on the drafting of the earlier position stand; ii) captures the authors’ and contributors’ present experience of reopening; iii) looks ahead to Christmas and beyond and iv) shares some new resources and references.

The BASES Position Stand on the 'Reopening' of Sport and Exercise Science departments in higher education after lockdown

Produced on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences by Andy Smith, Rita de Oliveira, Mark Faghy, Mark Ross and Neil Maxwell. Full PDF here

Summary: This Position Stand sets out the views of the Association on the ‘reopening’ of University SES Departments after Lockdown. The aim of the position stand is to provide a set of principles that can be applied by those in leadership positions to guide their decision making at local level as they move toward and through the new academic year. In addition, this document directs readers to 12 resources, which are listed at the end of the Stand.

The BASES Position Stand on Graduate Internships

Produced on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences by Michael Pye, Dr Claire Hitchings, Dr Lance Doggart, Dr Graeme Close and Lisa Board. Full PDF here

Summary: The BASES Position Stand on Graduate Internships provides good practice recommendations for the provision of quality graduate internships. Key is the concept of mutual benefit to the graduate and employer. A guide for establishing the employment status and rights of graduate interns, including remuneration is also provided.

The BASES Position Stand on Curriculum-based Work Placements

Produced on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences by Lisa Board, Michael Pye, Dr Lance Doggart, Edward Caldow, Dr Zoe Knowles FBASES and Dr Craig Twist. Full PDF here

Summary: The aim of the Position Stand is to offer a valuable and user-friendly resource to guide students, practitioners, employers and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) towards creating and experiencing quality work placements.

The SENr Position Stand on Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) supplement use in sport

Developed by SENr in collaboration with UKAD and Informed Sport and endorsed by BASES and UKSCA. This position statement was written under the guidance of the SENr board, with specific technical contributions from Prof Graeme L Close FBASES, Michael Naylor and Irene Riach. Full PDF here

Summary: The aim of this position statement is to provide Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) with a guide to appropriately assess the need for supplementation, assess the risk of supplementation, understand the consequences of taking supplements from an anti-doping perspective and provide practical guidelines and tools for the safe usage in order to support athletes and ASP.

Consensus Statements

Consensus statements are guidelines, statements or position stands developed collaboratively by a number of organisations and groups. The following statements have been developed in collaboration with BASES and have been endorsed by BASES:

Consensus statements

Consensus statements are guidelines, statements or position stands developed collaboratively by a number of organisations and groups. The following statements have been developed in collaboration with BASES and have been endorsed by BASES:

Strong, Steady and Straight: An Expert Consensus Statement on Physical Activity and Exercise for Osteoporosis (2018)

Click here access and download the quick guide.

Exercise Professionals Group (EPG): Essential competences and minimum qualifications required to lead the supervised exercise component in (early) core cardiac rehabilitation

Summary: The aim of the statement is to provide information on the essential qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities required to lead* the clinically supervised exercise component of cardiac rehabilitation (CR).

Indicative guide for the route to competence for the exercise professional working in the exercise component of the (early) core cardiac rehabilitation pathway

Summary: This guide aims to provide guidance for exercise professionals i.e. exercise instructors, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists working in cardiac rehabilitation (CR), and managers and commissioners who are responsible for the provision of CR services.

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