Did you know that we can influence up to 50 percent of our health ourselves? If we eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, this not only ensures longer independence in old age. Diseases can also be treated with exercise. But in many cases, physicians and patients still rely more on medication than on exercise.
In the interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com Prof. Herbert Löllgen explains how physical activities can now be prescribed, why the Exercise Prescription for Health should be given before medication in many cases and which trends can currently be observed in sports medicine.
Prof. Löllgen, what is the "Exercise Prescription for Health"?
Prof. Herbert Löllgen: In my medical practice I often experience that patients want clear instructions regarding physical activities. However, physician's knowledge of sports medicine is often relatively inadequate. This is why we at EFSMA (European Society of Sports Medicine) have decided to give the Exercise Prescription for Health. In this prescription it can then be shown which activity is prescribed and to what extent the patient should perform it. Of course, this should also be explained to the patient by the physician. But this is not only a topic for general practitioners, but also for clinics. Often patients come with a prescription from the hospital, on which partly 10 drugs stand. But about the physical activity not a word is lost, although we can determine – and this is also proven by usual studies – up to 50 percent of our health with a healthy lifestyle. Very few patients are aware of this personal responsibility and it is for this reason that we and the Exercise Prescription for Health must convey it to them. On the EFSMA homepage, we have compiled a complete set of tables for all diseases, in which it is stated which type of sport can be prescribed and to what extent. Our rule of thumb is that patients should do moderate physical activity for 150 minutes per week. ...
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