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Basic Principles of Physical Activity

Online Course: Basic Principles of Physical Activity

Learn about the influence of activity and inactivity in different age and population groups

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Physical inactivity has a major impact on health across the world. It has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. Of the deaths attributable to physical inactivity, 2.6 million are in low and middle income countries. While physical inactivity is more prevalent in high and middle income countries, even in low income countries it is among the top ten risk factors contributing to death. The benefits of physical activity are far reaching and contribute to both prevention and management of long term conditions so should form a component of every physiotherapy intervention.


The aim of this course is to introduce you the broad topic of physical activity including key definitions, benefits, physiological effects and global patterns of physical activity.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Key Definitions in Physical Activity
  2. The Health Benefits of Physical Activity
  3. Physiologic Adaptations to Regular Exercise and Associated Risks
  4. Patterns and Trends in Physical Activity

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This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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