Getting patients motivated to exercise and sticking with an exercise program continues to be a challenge for many physicians. According to Andrew Martin DO, MBA, FAWM, FAOASM, medical school doesn’t provide much training in this area.
Dr. Martin hopes his session “The Exercise Rx,” part of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine program, will fill in part of that training gap. The session takes place on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Room 11, on the second floor of the convention center.
“Exercise is an underutilized treatment modality that has a tremendous impact on an individual’s health,” said Dr. Martin. “For the most part I think the general public understands that exercise is important, but the confusion often lies in the dose and type of exercise.”
Dr. Martin is Director of Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician at Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC. He is also an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Team Physician with the United States Ski and Snowboard Team.
He will talk about the health benefits of exercise and review some of the recent research on this subject. He will also discuss the challenges of getting patients to exercise on a routine basis.
“As doctors, we really aren’t educated well in this area. So it’s left up to physicians to educate themselves and come up with approaches that are going to be long lasting with patients,” he said, adding that he hopes to provide attendees with tools that will help with compliance and improve the patient’s likelihood of continuing with exercise.
As a sports medicine physician who works with both athletes and non-athletes, Dr. Martin has seen a lot of people get injured as the result of exercise and training. The problem can be compounded when it’s a patient who’s coming into the office looking to start an exercise program and has been away from sports for some time or has never exercised regularly before.
He noted that the push has been toward cardiovascular exercise first, whether that be walking, jogging, cycling, or running. However, this approach can often result in injury. He will describe what he believes to be a more successful approach to decreasing injury rates when starting an exercise program.