Exercise prescription commonly refers to the specific plan of fitness-related activities that are designed for a specified purpose, which is often developed by a physiotherapist or rehabilitation specialist for the patient. Due to the specific and unique needs and interests of the patient, the goal of exercise prescription should be successful integration of exercise principles and techniques that motivates the patient to be compliant, thus achieving their goals and returning from their injury, preventing an injury or optimising movement to ensure the most efficient and effective method reducing the risk of injury and improving performance.
Components of exercise prescription
- Type of exercise or activity that compliments your treatment goals with an understanding of the current restrictions of your injury / problem
- Specific workloads e.g. how intense the activity should be
- Duration and frequency of the activity or exercise
- Precautions regarding an injury / condition having a clear understanding of the load the tissue can take to facilitate recovery
- Muscle flexibility and strength are two components of an assessment from which an individualised exercise program is developed.
- Programs may include muscle balancing exercises, stretching programs, balance and proprioceptive training, postural retraining, sport specific training, resistance training and core stabilisation exercises.
Overwhelming evidence shows that physical activity and exercise promotion and prescription are effective in preventing and managing numerous chronic conditions. With physiotherapists commonly referred to as ‘exercise prescription experts’, an in-depth knowledge of exercise promotion and prescription is assured.
As physiotherapists, our goal is to design a program of exercises that will facilitate recovery, prevent injuries and maximise the body’s capabilities.
Physiotherapists at First Physio are members of the ACPSEM (The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise)