physical activity is “a treatment” which “must be prescribed” by doctors, according to HAS

published on Tuesday, September 06, 2022 at 9:48 p.m.

This Tuesday, September 6, the High Authority for Health (HAS) considers that “physical activity must definitely be considered as a treatment in its own right and be prescribed as such”.

A prescription for sports? According to the High Authority for Health (HAS), physical activity “must definitely be considered as a treatment in its own right” and be prescribed as such by the doctors, whom it intends to support in particular to remove certain brakes. Physical activity “limits the risk of recurrence of certain breast cancers, halves the risk of passing from a prediabetic state to diabetes …”, recalls this Tuesday, September 6 the High Authority for Health.

Whether many steps have been taken – including on March 2 the adoption of a law aimed at democratizing sport -, “physical activity must definitely be considered as a treatment in its own right and be prescribed as such”, considers the HAS.

Currently, obstacles to its effective deployment persist, she judges. “Indeed, many patients experience some apprehension engage in physical activity when they are ill or elderly, while doctors are still few to prescribe it”, she says.

A range of tools available to doctors

“Four years ago, less than 30% of doctors said they prescribed physical activity,” said Professor Dominique Le Guludec, president of the HAS college during a press briefing. However, the role of the doctor is “essential for make people aware the furthest removed from physical activity (people with long-term conditions, people with chronic illnesses, frail elderly people, people with disabilities)”.

To help them in their mission, HAS has announced the availability of doctors a tool palette, including “a new guide to consultation and medical prescription of physical activity in adults”, a “knowledge guide to physical activity and sedentary lifestyle”, sheets and reference guides to help with prescriptions. “It’s necessary the doctor is convinced in order to be convincing”, insisted Professor François Carré, cardiologist and sports doctor at the University Hospital of Rennes and professor emeritus at the University of Rennes 1.

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