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FutureLearn Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn

  • Overview
  1. FutureLearn
    Trinity College Dublin
    4 hours/week
    2 weeks
    Paid Certificate Available
    In the last few decades physical exercise has become well established as a tool to prevent and treat disease. Perceptions within the healthcare sector of exercise and its prescription as a treatment have changed dramatically in recent years.

    Understand the evolution of exercise prescription and its use today
    In this free online course evidence of the role of exercise in the treatment of a variety of clinical populations including people with cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, paediatric conditions and cancer will be studied.

    This course is designed for healthcare professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of exercise prescription and physical activity as a tool to prevent and treat disease. No previous experience or qualifications are required.

    What topics will you cover?
    Over two weeks discover the benefits of exercise in both preventing and treating diseases and enhance your confidence in exercise prescription as a treatment.
    • Week 1: Explore research on the benefits of physical activity; the evidence that has informed exercise prescription guidelines and safety considerations.

    • Week 2: Learn how physiological adaptations to exercise translate to improved health outcomes and the evidence that supports exercise prescription in several common clinical populations.
    Learn with physiology and physiotherapy experts

    Throughout the course there will be an opportunity to engage with researchers, healthcare professionals and exercise prescription experts from the Discipline of Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin.

    Some of the topics we will cover include:
    • Introduction to exercise prescription and physical activity
    • How does the body respond to physical exercise?
    • The evidence behind exercise prescription
    • Physical activity guidelines
    • Perceptions of exercise prescription
    • Measuring physical activity
    • Exercise for brain health and for the musculoskeletal system
    • Exercise for those with cardiovascular disease and with metabolic disease
    • Exercise for pulmonary disease and across the cancer continuum
    • Exercise across the lifespan

    Taught by
    Aine Kelly and Cuisle Forde

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