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The role of physiotherapists in physical activity extends beyond exercise prescription during rehabilitation. It encompasses promoting physical activity with all the patients you encounter as well as within your community at large. During this course you will come to understand considerations for exercise prescription, consider adherence by looking at barriers to exercise and how we might motivate people to be more physically active, explore how to measure and quantify physical activity and learn how to integrate physical activity into clinical practice and encourage physical activity in larger populations at a community level. Lastly, you will explore physical activity leadership and consider how we can all become physical activity leaders.
The aim of this course is to introduce the different aspects of promoting physical activity in the clinic and the community.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Physical activity prescription and barriers
- Motivation to exercise and behavior change
- How to measure / quantify physical activity
- Promoting physical activity in your clinical practice
- Promoting physical activity in the community
- Physical activity leadership
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.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 4-5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 4.2 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- discuss the 3 main barriers for physical activity in adults
- describe pre-exercise screening as it pertains to specific populations
- list at least 4 benefits of multidisciplinary team work to promote physical activity participation
- describe a practical approach to promoting behaviour change in individuals and groups
- identify at least 6 ways technology can help to promote physical activity
- plan strategies to increase physical activity amongst your patients and in the community based on case scenarios
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