The Physiotherapist

The Physiotherapist's Pocket Guide to Exercise

Assessment, Prescription and Training

This book is for therapists involved in exercise therapy for the prevention and treatment of disease. It covers exercise assessment, current prescription guidelines, precautions, exercise design and clinical case studies. The book also includes exercises to increase strength, power, local muscle endurance, range of movement and aerobic capacity and will be relevant to all areas of therapy practice. In addition to the general guidelines, considerations for exercise groups and exercise at home as well as exercise in special patient populations are addressed. This allows therapists who are expert in one area to become familiar with exercise prescription in another. The book underpins therapeutic exercise in general and also addresses specific considerations for particular clinical situations within current guidelines and practical considerations.


Published: April 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3929-4


  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Exercise Physiology
    Chapter 2. Principles of Therapeutic Exercise Design
    Chapter 3. Exercise to Increase Cardiovascular Fitness
    Chapter 4. Exercise to Increase Muscle Strength
    Chapter 5. Exercise to Increase Muscle Endurance
    Chapter 6. Exercise to Improve Power
    Chapter 7. Exercise to Increase Range of Movement and Flexibility
    Chapter 8. Prescription of Home Exercise Programmes
    Chapter 9. Group Exercise
    Chapter 10. Exercise Through the Life Span
    Chapter 11. Exercise in Acute Conditions
    Chapter 12. Exercise in People with Chronic Conditions
    Chapter 13. Case Studies


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