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Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn


Discover why exercise is important in treating and preventing diseases

Over recent years, the full health benefits of exercise have become well established. Perceptions within the healthcare sector of exercise and its prescription as a treatment have also changed dramatically.

On this course from Trinity College Dublin, you’ll explore the evolution of exercise prescription. You’ll learn about the role of exercise in the treatment of a variety of clinical populations including those with cardiovascular disease, paediatric conditions and cancer.

You’ll also consider the connection between exercise and mental health improvements.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of exercise prescription and physical activity as a tool to prevent and treat disease.

No previous experience or qualifications are required.


  • Exercise for the prevention of disease
    • Welcome from the team
    • Introduction to exercise prescription and physical activity
    • How does the body respond to physical exercise?
    • The evidence behind exercise prescription
    • Physical activity guidelines
    • Perceptions of exercise prescription
    • Summary of Week 1
  • Exercise for the treatment of disease
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Measuring physical activity
    • Exercise for brain health and for the musculoskeletal system
    • Exercise for those with cardiovascular disease and with metabolic disease
    • Exercise for pulmonary disease and across the cancer continuum
    • Exercise across the lifespan
    • Summary of week 2
    • Where do I go from here?

Taught by

Aine Kelly and Cuisle Forde


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  • This course is designed for health professionals who know that exercise is important for health but may not be familiar with the specifics or the evidence base. Both are covered well - looking at a variety of conditions, from the obvious, like cardi…

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