Some doctors over in the United States have begun prescribing exercise programmes and healthy diets to patients with chronic health problems – and the novel approach is having some success.
GP’s are now working exercise counselling into patient visits and calling exercise a “vital sign” to be measured when they take readings such as pulse and blood pressure. Rather than just explaining the dangers of an inactive lifestyle, they suggest the right amount of exercise, and in some cases, refer patients to certified personal trainers or physical therapists who can create specific programmes for a range of medical conditions.
A study found that between April 2010 and October 2011, this program was associated with small – but significant – amounts of weight loss in overweight patients, and improved blood sugar control for diabetes patients.
More GP’s find themselves dealing with individuals who present multiple associated conditions. By recommending exercise, these conditions can be dealt with simultaneously whilst reducing the need for medication. However, as more and more patients presenting with issues, more suitably trained exercise referral specialists are needed to cater for the rising number of GP’s referring patients to exercise.
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- Obesity, diabetes 1 & 2, Joint replacement, stress, anxiety and depression, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
- The heart, circulatory system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, endocrine system, energy systems and their relation to exercise and health, posture and core stability
We’ll educate you on how to collate and use information surrounding nutrition, physical activity, nutritional goal setting, and the nationally recommended practise to provide nutritional advice.
As a qualified Exercise Referral Specialist, you’ll be equipped to instruct, tailor and measure exercise programmes for exercise referral patients. And you’ll be ready to cater to the ever-growing number of patients being referred by their GP to specialists just like you!
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