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Cardiovascular responses to acute exercise

A single bout of exercise can greatly change how our organ systems work. In this video, Aine talks about these changes in the cardiovascular system. From a health perspective, it …

Measuring grip strength

As we have examined in Step 1.12, there is strong evidence supporting the health benefits of muscular fitness. Muscular fitness is associated with fewer cardiovascular disease events, a lower risk …

How much physical activity to prescribe?

As Cuisle explains in this video, the ideal exercise prescription for health is most likely one which is developed especially for an individual and takes their medical history, risk factors, …

The Six Minute Walk Test

The six-minute walk test (6MWT) is a practical simple test that measures the distance a patient can quickly walk on a flat, hard surface in a period of 6 minutes. …

Summary of Week 1

We have just scratched the surface of what is a complex and compelling subject. This week we have given a broad introduction to exercise prescription and you have: Studied the …

What is the evidence?

In this video, Cuisle examines the evidence supporting the role of physical activity and exercise for health benefits. Being physically active can: Reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by …

Physical Activity Guidelines Today

Having looked at the history of where exercise prescription came from, we now turn to evidence-based physical activity recommendations issued in the early 2000s. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) …

What’s next?

We hope you’ve enjoyed Week 1 of this course. Next week we’ll explore exercise prescription for a range of different clinical populations. Cuisle and Aine will be joined by Mikel …

Reducing the Risks Associated with Exercise

To help reduce the risks associated with exercise there are several screening tools which can be used to gather relevant information about your patient before you prescribe exercise. This is …

How safe is exercise if I have heart disease?

A common concern among health professionals is the safety of prescribing exercise to patients. We know that regular physical activity reduces the incidence of artherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and is therefore …