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“If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed”
Dr. Laskowski on the Childhood Obesity Epidemic and the Importance of ExerciseDr. Ed Laskowski, Co-Director of Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester, talks Physical Fitness, Sports and Obesity. Exercise is a “vital sign” for our patients and to prescribe it for them is an essential component of good care for individuals with disabilities. See videos to learn more.
How to Talk About Physical Activity With Your PatientDr. Mary Dubon, Pediatric Physiatrist, provides tips on how you can prescribe exercise to your patient. She addresses how to prepare, what to do while in clinic, how to address physical activity when a patient has no interest, getting through barriers and more. To learn more,
Why Physicians Must Prescribe ExerciseLearn about the importance of physicians prescribing medicine explained by the NCHPAD on #DocTalk. NCHPAD (National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability) is the nation’s premier center in promoting the health and wellness of people with disability.
More Than Just a Game: The Public Health Impact of Sports and Physical Activity for People With DisabilitiesThis DeLisa Lecture, featuring Dr. Cheri Blauwet, was originally presented at the 2017 AAP Annual Meeting. It focuses on how to implement universal design in sports/physical activity programs, engaging people with disabilities in sports and physical activity, and the emergence of the field of Paralympic Sports Medicine.
Dr. Clohan Explains Importance of ExerciseDr. Dexanne Clohan welcomes you to the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s new website. Dr. Clohan explains the importance of utilizing Americans with Disabilities Fund’s newest program initiative, “Rx for Exercise”. Watch this video to learn more.
How Much Physical Activity Do Child and Adolescents Need?How much physical activity do youth need for health benefits? This physical activity guideline for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 focuses on three types of activity: aerobic, muscle-strengthening and bone strengthening. Participating in regular physical activity provides several health benefits for youth as summarized below.
Physical Activity and People with DisabilitiesDespite the well-established physical and emotional benefits associated with regular participation in moderate physical activity, the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities are at much greater risk for developing secondary health conditions associated with sedentary lifestlye.
CDC: Physical Activity FactsRegular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health. Visit CDC’s website for facts on the physical activity benefits, consequences, recommendations, and more. Refer to pages 15 to 19 of the “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” PDF on this link for specific physical activity recommendations for children and adolescents, including commentary on adaptions in individuals with disabilities.
FREE PRESENTATION: How to Talk About Physical Activity in Clinic With Your Pediatric PatientDownload Dr. Mary Dubon’s, Pediatric Physiatrist, presentation on how to prepare and speak with your patient about physical activity. This presentation also includes references for further review of the topic. Current physical activity recommendations for child and adolesent is 60 minutes or more of physical activity.
Share This Website With Your PatientThis app will help guide you when talking about adaptive sports with your patient. Share this link with your patients so they can learn more about the community, exercise, lifestyle tips, etc.
Pledge to Talk to Your Patient About Physical ActivityYES! – I will talk about physical activity to my patients, especially those with disabilities. YES! – I will prescribe physical activity. YES! – I will use NCHPAD’s Physician’s Toolkit to connect my patients with resources and opportunities to be physically active. Ready to take the pledge?
Current Education and Research
- Children with Disabilities and Obesity
- Systematic Review Exercise in Children with Disability – 2016 [PDF]
- The “Disabled” Athlete: A Presentation by Edward R. Laskowski, MD
- Adolescent Children During the Academic Year and the Summer Period
- Program Considerations for Integrating Children with Disabilities into Community Sports and Recreation Programs
- Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease in Children with and without Disabilities, and Prevention
- BulletBall: A Therapeutic Table Sport by Inclusion Sports
- The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Endurance, Strength, Function and Self-Perception in Adolescents with Spastic Cerebral Palsy: A Report of Three Case Studies
- Obesity in Youth With and Without Disabilities
- fitMS: Group Exercise for People with MS and other disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
Information For Your Patients
Exercise & Good Nutrition Go Hand in Hand
Mindful Eating for Those with DisabilityHelp your patient achieve a healthy lifestyle with not only moderate exercise but also proper nutrition. Share this NCHPAD video playlist with your patients which features several recipes and tips on inclusive nutrition.
The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is an Academy of over 1,100 health professionals dedicated to providing multidisciplinary scientific education and promoting excellence in research and services for the benefit of people with and at risk for cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.