The benefits of exercise as a means of maintaining health and as therapy are well known. However, the beneficial role of physical activity in the management of patients within a range of specific conditions has been less well understood. This book offers guidance on how exercise prescriptions can beneficially and safely be incorporated into the management of patients, many of whom hitherto have been considered too at risk to participate in physical activity. Also included are chapters on the evidence for the benefit of exercise and the underlying physiology in the patient groups covered, while the later chapters cover the future professional, training and political developments that are likely to support the increased use of exercise as an integral part of patient care.
The book contains charts, graphs and check lists to help readers decide when an exercise prescription would be appropriate and gives training programmes and protocols.