Identify basic physical activity measurement tools e.g. Heart rate monitors, accelerometers, pedometers and questionnaires.
Reflect on experiences of exercise prescription, physical activity guidelines, and exercise prescription safety.
Summarise the history of exercise prescription guidelines.
Describe cardiovascular and respiratory responses to acute and chronic exercise.
Identify the benefits of exercise for brain health, the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and COPD.
Critically appraise current physical activity guidelines.
Appreciate the complex interaction between exercise, physical activity and the immune system, specifically the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise.
Describe how to objectively measure fitness and strength e.g. the six minute walk test, and hand grip dynamometer use.
Describe how exercise prescription guidelines can be adapted for clinical pediatric populations.
Describe how exercise prescription guidelines can be adapted for older populations.
Demonstrate an awareness of the evidence to support exercise as a treatment tool for various clinical populations including those with osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
In the last few decades physical exercise has become well established as a tool to prevent and treat disease. Perceptions within the healthcare sector of exercise and its prescription as a treatment have changed dramatically in recent years.
Understand the evolution of exercise prescription and its use today
In this free online course evidence of the role of exercise in the treatment of a variety of clinical populations including people with cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, paediatric conditions and cancer will be studied.
Week 1: Explore research on the benefits of physical activity; the evidence that has informed exercise prescription guidelines and safety considerations.
Week 2: Learn how physiological adaptations to exercise translate to improved health outcomes and the evidence that supports exercise prescription in several common clinical populations.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of exercise prescription and physical activity as a tool to prevent and treat disease. No previous experience or qualifications are required.