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Prehabilitation

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Background

  • Overview: Prehabilitation refers to injury-prevention programs that combine elements of several well-established fields, such as physical therapy, sports medicine, rehabilitation, and exercise physiology. Programs may be created to help strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness, and increase flexibility and balance. Programs may be individually tailored for a single patient or designed for a group of people with similar health needs.
  • Most programs are designed for athletes who experience muscular imbalances caused by repetitive movements. Exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, coaches, or team physicians may develop and implement a prehabilitation program before a client joins a sports team or participates in a physical education program.
  • Prehabilitation may also be used in people who are at high risk of experiencing injuries. For example, prehabilitation may help prevent injuries in older adults who are prone to falls by increasing flexibility, stability, and balance.
  • Medical professionals may recommend prehabilitation programs before surgery to help reduce the physical stress from surgery or other medical procedures. These programs may also help speed up recovery from surgeries or other procedures that require extended bed rest.
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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.