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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Promoting Fitness

Published October 18, 2007 10:40 AM by Elizabeth Puliti
On Oct. 13, physical therapists from the Cape May County Department of Health hosted a free fitness fair at the Cape May County Park and Zoo in honor of National Physical Therapy Month.

At the fair, therapists promoted the capacity for movement, evaluated the best exercises for each individual and offered tips on starting a fitness routine. Visitors were encouraged to stop by the fair to meet the staff and find out how they could improve their fitness level.

"Even small amounts of physical activity can help improve fitness and health in children and adults. Unfortunately, with busy schedules and higher demands being made on both parents and children, incorporating fitness in a family's schedule can be a challenge," Patricia Repici, chief physical therapist of the county's outpatient physical therapy division, said in a press release.

Yes, physical therapists support the US Surgeon General's physical activity recommendation (children should get 60 minutes of moderate physical activity and adults should get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week). But do you think PTs and PTAs should actively encourage patients to exercise outside the realm of rehab? Or do you think decisions on activity should be left to the patients themselves?

Did you do anything like the Cape May County Department of Health to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month?

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PT’s and PTA’s should certainly encourage exercise beyond the realm of rehab. The key word being encourage. I encourage all my patients, when appropriate, to continue exercise after rehab, both to continue recovery and prevent future injury. I encourage the patient to check with their medical doctor to insure an exercise regimen will do no harm and suggest that to get started it may be helpful to consult with a personnel trainer. I am most comfortable rehabbing my patients and then sending them on their way.

Victor Broder, PTA education - PTA, College Lab Tech, Kingsborough Community College November 7, 2007 8:56 AM
Brooklyn NY

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