Physical Activity as EBP in Mental Health

Online Course: Physical Activity as EBP in Mental Health

How exercise can be used as part of management programme for mental health conditions

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Andrea Sturm

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Andrea Sturm

Andrea is a neurological physiotherapist from Austria. She has a special interest in Ethics and Mental Health.

3-4 hours

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Physical activity (PA) and exercise are increasingly being recognised as efficacious components of treatment for various mental health disorders. There is now increasing evidence supporting the inclusion of PA programs as an adjunct to treatment for various conditions for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. These research results support the inclusion of clinical PA programs within mental health treatment, facilitated by dedicated clinicians (exercise physiologists/physiotherapists) and there are now many examples of successful integration of clinical PA programs within mental health treatment facilities.


Understand how Physical Activity may contribute to the treatment of an individual with a mental health disorder and learn about related practical exercises and professional core skills for health care professionals.


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

  1. The Effects of Physical Activity on Mental Health
  2. Physical Activity as Treatment for Mental Health
  3. Core Skills for Mental Health Care
  4. The Role of Exercise in Preventing and Treating Depression
  5. Case Scenario

Target audience

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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An absolutely brilliant course! It will definitely make me take into consideration the evidence based benefits that Physical Activity can have on Mental Health: it’s about a holistic approach.
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