BASES Position Stands

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:

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.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.



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