Exercise is medicine™: Exercise prescription after SCI to manage cardiovascular disease risk factors

Rachel E. Cowan, Laurie A. Malone, Mark S. Nash

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Abstract

Exercise is underutilized in the battle against cardiovascular disease (CVD) for both the nondisabled and spinal cord-injured (SCI) populations. The American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association have launched the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative to facilitate widespread adoption of exercise as a practical treatment option by increasing awareness and providing structured guidance. We review the initiative, current exercise recommendations for the nondisabled, supporting evidence in the SCI population, and appropriate SCI-related alterations to exercise prescription. Finally, we provide resources supporting the prescription process for persons with SCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-83
Number of pages15
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Exercise
  • Physical activity
  • Recreation
  • Sedentary
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Wheelchair sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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