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Assessing the value of moving more - The integral role of qualified health professionals


Arena, R and McNeil, A and Lavie, CJ and Ozemek, C and Forman, D and Myers, J and Laddu, DR and Popovic, D and Rouleau, CR and Campbell, TS and Hills, AP, Assessing the value of moving more - The integral role of qualified health professionals, Current Problems in Cardiology, 43, (4) pp. 138-153. ISSN 0146-2806 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cpcardiol.2017.07.001


Being physically active or, in a broader sense, simply moving more throughout each day is one of the most important components of an individual's health plan. In conjunction with regular exercise training, taking more steps in a day and sitting less are also important components of one's movement portfolio. Given this priority, health care professionals must develop enhanced skills for prescribing and guiding individualized movement programs for all their patients. An important component of a health care professional's ability to prescribe movement as medicine is competency in assessing an individual's risk for untoward events if physical exertion was increased. The ability to appropriately assess one's risk before advising an individual to move more is integral to clinical decision-making related to subsequent testing if needed, exercise prescription, and level of supervision with exercise training. At present, there is a lack of clarity pertaining to how a health care professional should go about assessing an individual's readiness to move more on a daily basis in a safe manner. Therefore, this perspectives article clarifies key issues related to prescribing movement as medicine and presents a new process for clinical assessment before prescribing an individualized movement program.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:movement, cardiology, physical activity, movement as medicine, prescription, health professionals
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:125282
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-11
Last Modified:2018-11-28

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