Special exercise populations are individuals with specific medical conditions which could benefit from a carefully managed programme of exercise. An Exercise Referral Professional (ERP) is qualified to tailor physical activity and exercise to such individuals taking into account the specifics of the condition, the effects of exercise upon the condition (and vice versa) and the effects of any prescribed medications.
Common conditions include:
Asthma, arthritis, athersclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, depression, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, joint replacement therapy, mechanical back pain, osteoporosis, obesity, stress and anxiety. Obviously these conditions vary in their severity and risk therefore trainers qualified at Level 3 can work with low to medium risk patients whilst Level 4 trainers work with high risk diabetics, cancer patients and those undergoing cardiac rehabilitation.
Generally, individuals are aware or have been advised by their G.P that they are either overweight, have high blood pressure or are at risk of developing lifestyle related conditions such as type 2 diabetes. They are often advised to make lifestyle changes but are not offered a referral to an exercise specialist because they do not meet the inclusion criteria (i.e. not sick enough!).
Surely prevention is better than cure?
At the If you are one of these people and feel that you Individuals that are low to medium risk or are pre-condition do not need to be referred to participate in the programme. Comprehensive screening and health assessments will take place prior to any exercise and guidance will be sought from your G.P if there are any concerns regarding your health status.
A holistic view is taken with clients, focusing on behaviour change and the opportunity to make small lifestyle adjustments in 4 key life zones that lead to improved health, fitness and well-being.
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