Overcoming barriers for health professionals to give more exercise advice and support to patients

By Ann Gates (@exerciseworks) It is unacceptable in 21st century medicine for 36 million people to die from preventable and treatable diseases! A recent BJSM paper reviewed the barriers to health professionals in giving exercise advice and support to patients within the context of a primary care consultation. This review identified three key barriers to successful brief […]

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A Call to Action to ALL health professionals: Giving exercise advice and support to EVERY patient: Part 2

By Ann Gates (@exerciseworks) Giving regular exercise advice and support as part of every health care consultation is fast becoming a critical health intervention in the prevention of the ‘tsunami’ of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and related cancers. In May 2012 the U.S. Centre for Disease Control together with the Institute of Medicine […]

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Call to action for World Physical Activity Day 6th April 2012: Help patients get active!

Guest blog by Ann Gates (@exerciseworks)     Call to action for ALL heath professionals: Exercise direction to patients is emerging as an essential clinical skill in the prevention and treatment of both acute and chronic lifestyle diseases. Dr Bob Sallis MD has long advocated that regular exercise is a medical ‘vital sign’ in assessing […]

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Where is Sport and Exercise Medicine heading?

Guest Blog by Dr Pria Krishnasamy The UK trainee perspective (The BJSM blog features the trainee perspective every two weeks)* As I edge closer to the crossroads of my own career, I muse aloud as to where Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is heading?  Is the majority of our workload going to involve musculoskeletal medicine […]

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The speciality is Sport and Exercise Medicine. It’s time to get the balance right.

Guest blog By Dr Matthew Stride The UK trainee perspective (A monthly BJSM blog feature)* The year 2012 represents a pivotal time for the speciality of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Time will tell whether the Olympic and Paralympic Games will leave any significant lasting ‘legacy’ on the health of our nation.1 However there is no […]

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Is the global movement ‘tipping’? Exercise IS medicine

Three exciting updates from the frontlines of health promotion through physical activity. First, congratulations to Professor Steven Blair for winning the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. This international competition celebrates a researcher whose work promises to broaden understanding of how physical activity, nutrition or psychosocial factors influence personal health and well-being. Professor […]

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You’d have to be crazy not to exercise for your brain – aerobic exercise and resistance training both work

First – credit to New York Times. Specifically Gretchen Reynolds who provides wise perspectives on sport and exercise medicine. Like this piece about exercise for brain function. Gretchen provides balanced, topical sports medicine coverage – she picks the emerging winners and doesn’t get blinded by fads. She has been on exercise and brain function for […]

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The challenge: Motivating Physical Activity

1 Man, 52 jobs, 52 weeks. Sean Aiken, talks about finding the fulfilling job and discovering his passion. Not an easy thing to do. For those of us passionate about sharing the powerful health benefits of Physical Activity, the challenge is message delivery. How do we motivate patients to embark on Physical Activity lifestyle interventions? […]

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Practical website to help get folks moving

Couch to 5K motivated my mum to “get off the couch” and put on running shoes. For the first time, ever. Do you know of people who have been thinking about a more active lifestyle? Do they need a practical, no-brainer approach to ‘Just Do It’? Couch to 5K transforms absolute beginners into motivated runners […]

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Ironman Kona – Plan for 2011! (October 2nd-6th)

Do you take care of endurance athletes? Consider the Ironman Sports Medicine Conference in Kona, Hawaii. The 2011 Meeting is in the first week of October (2nd-6th) and it leads up to the World Championship which is on October 8th. The conference is multidisciplinary and very collegial; all hands are on deck to provide coverage […]

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