Striving to provide high-value care as a physiotherapist is one of the core principles and passions at Physio Development.
It doesn’t get much bigger than the opportunity to improve our patients’ quality of life through prescribing exercise.
This week saw the release of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2020 guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The potential for improving public health outcomes through these guidelines is huge.
What a great opportunity we have as physiotherapists to promote these guidelines to our patients and colleagues where indicated. The more people that can access these guidelines and enjoy the health benefits that come from them, the better!
There will be more to expand on with these WHO 2020 guidelines, but below is a summary and link to the guidelines as well as a British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) podcast with two of the authors to chat through the main updates and recommendations.
These latest guidelines give recommendations for all age groups (children, adolescents, adults and older adults) and also include new specific recommendations for pregnant and postpartum women and people living with chronic conditions or disability.1
A direct quote from the guidelines:1
All adults should undertake 150–300 min of moderate-intensity, or 75–150 min of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or some equivalent combination of moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, per week.
Among children and adolescents, an average of 60 min/day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity across the week provides health benefits.
The guidelines recommend regular muscle-strengthening activity for all age groups.
Additionally, reducing sedentary behaviours is recommended across all age groups and abilities, although evidence was insufficient to quantify a sedentary behaviour threshold.”1
To coincide with the release of these latest guidelines, Daniel Friedman from BJSM interviewed Professor Fiona Bull and Dr Juana Willumsen to chat through the latest recommendations.
(Duration: ~21 minutes)
(Duration: ~19 minutes)
This is another great episode from Physio Network, a chat with Michael Rizk and Ben Cormack on exercise prescription in our clinical practice.
- Focus on the person in front of you to determine what the patient wants to achieve and how they can achieve this
- Be more person-focused rather than intervention-focused
- Consider whether a particular exercise (or any intervention) is relevant for them and their goals
- Exercise and movement are tools that help patients achieve their goals
- Consider the magnitude of effects of an intervention, rather than just the conclusion
Please feel free to share these clinical resources with physiotherapists in your circle to help promote high-value care in physiotherapy around the world.
All the best!
1. Bull FC, Al-Ansari SS, Biddle S, et al. World Health Organization 2020 guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2020;54:1451-1462. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ [link]
2. Podcast: The 2020 WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity with Prof Fiona Bull and Dr Juana Willumsen. Ep #456. British Journal of Sports Medicine – 25th November 2020 [link]
3. Podcast: #5 – Is exercise a magic bullet? With Ben Cormack. Physio Explained by Physio Network – 20th November 2020 [link]