Physical activity for patients: an exercise prescription

Physical activity for patients: an exercise prescription


Edited by Archie Young and Mark Harries, published July 2001

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.


  • The health benefits of physical activity
  • For patients recovering from injury - John Etherington
  • For patients with osteoarthritis - Simon Mockett and Micahel Doherty
  • For patients with chronic heart failure - Andrew Clark
  • For patients with obesity and diabetes - Patrick Sharp
  • For a healthier old age - Archie Young
  • Delivering an exercise prescription
  • For patients in primary care - Steve Iliffe, Sharon See Tai, Mairi Gould and Paul Smith
  • For vunerable older patients - Susie Dinan
  • For patients with coronary artery disease - Jennifer Bell
  • For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - Christopher J Clark, David Sword and Lorna M Cochrane 
  • For a healthier childhood - Neil Armstrong
  • For patients with disabilities - Nick Webborn
  • For patients with chronic fatigue - Richard Budgett
  • The future
  • The clinical exercise practitioner - Bob Laventure
  • Specialist training in sport and exercise medicine in the UK and Ireland - Donald A D Macleod 
  • Physical activity for all - Yvette Cooper
  • The Oliver-Sharpy lecture
  • Human performance in health and disease: anatomical and physiological comparisons - Mark Harries

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Physical activity for patients: an exercise prescription