Exercise referral is concerned with the promotion of physical activity and prescription of exercise to clients that suffer from chronic disease and illness, most of which are the product of a sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary habits and/or smoking. Within an exercise referral scheme, a medical professional, or clinician, would assess their patient thoroughly to establish if it is safe for them to commence exercise – their medical condition must be classified as stable. They would then refer their patient to an appropriately qualified exercise professional who would then plan, teach and monitor closely an exercise programme specifically tailored to the needs of that client. Exercise referral schemes are described as multi-disciplinary because they involve the participation of a number of professionals, including medical, social, nutrition and exercise professionals.
The Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral is a qualification specifically designed for exercise professionals that are passionate about improving health through exercise and physical activity initiatives. The qualification covers a wide range of medical conditions, including asthma, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, low back pain and much more. The qualification also explores the range of medications used by patients with these medical conditions, and the implications that they have on exercise.
In order to provide you with a better flavour for the type of content contained within this course, we’ve provided a sample of our training manual below.