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Exercise should be prescribed for injury prevention and treatment

In today's world, the lack of physical activity is a main reason for the decline in national physical fitness. This goes on to affect the growth and development of children and adolescents, as well as the physical wellness and work efficiency of adults. One must realise the link between the lack of exercise and the increase in chronic disease.

Research shows that regular exercise can....

  • increase energy consumption

  • reduce blood pressure and blood lipids

  • strengthen muscle

  • increase bone density

  • regulate psychological processes

Exercise prescription should be very specific to the individual and their ailments. Physical activity can be subdivided into aerobic, resistance, stretching, and balance exercise and it has been discovered that certain conditions respond best to single, or a combined exercise approach.

Aerobic exercise has shown to be useful for conditions such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. Benefit has also been found for those suffering anxiety and depression.

Resistance work is effective for rotator cuff tendinopathy and tennis elbow. Metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes have also shown to benefit from resistance exercise.

Promoting physical exercise to those with musculoskeletal injuries and disease not only has physiological and psychological benefit, but also empowers patients to take control of their condition rather than the sole reliance on medication.

Why wouldn't you offer this?!

Luan, X. et al. (2019). Exercise as a prescription for patients with various diseases. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 8 (5). 422-441.


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