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EIM Global Center Update/Newsletter – EIM Greece: Prescription Course for PM&R Physicians


Οι δράσεις του Εθνικού Κέντρου Exercise is Medicine – Greece  όπως ανακοινώθηκαν διεθνώς από το EIM Global Center:


Exercise prescription training course for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians

November 30, 2021 by Tassos Philippou


In spring 2021, the EIM Greece National Center agreed to a partnership with the Greek Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) to organize a specialized training course for PM&R physicians. The purpose of the training was to demonstrate the value of prescribing individualized physical activity for the prevention of, and as a complementary treatment for, chronic diseases and to encourage national health care organizations to adopt principles of exercise prescription.

Approximately 50 PM&R physicians from all over Greece participated and completed the initial training course, which started April 2021 and was completed in October 2021. The course included 60 hours of direct instruction on theory and application (i.e., workshop sessions) of exercise prescription principles, exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, and clinical case studies. The main sections of the curriculum included:

  • Introduction to the Principles of Exercise Prescription
  • Basic Principles of Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise-induced Physiological Responses & Adaptations
  • Examples of Exercise Prescription and Clinical Applications

With the successful completion of the first training, the program has been accepted into the national system of continuous medical education for medical specialties by the Panhellenic Medical Association. EIM Greece plans to adapt this training course on exercise prescription for other medical specialties (e.g., endocrinologists), and organize more specialized/advanced training courses focusing on the implementation of exercise in specific clinical populations for physicians who have passed the initial training course.


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