Return to Physical Activity & Exercise After Covid Podcast
This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 30 August 2022.
People with COVID-19 infection were, both during their illness and for some time afterwards, at increased risk of a broad range of cardiovascular disorders, including: Cerebrovascular disorders, dysrhythmia, ischemic and non– ischemic heart disease, pericarditis, myocarditis, congestive heart failure and thromboembolic disease. Each person must weigh up their health risks and benefits in determining when, how and how much, with respect to their return to physical activity or exercise training. Prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour carry increased risks for several chronic illnesses, but this has to be balanced against the risk of serious cardiovascular illness if one returns to physical activity too soon. These risks are greatest in those people who experience ‘long Covid-19’. This podcast will inform AES and AEP members on the risks of returning to activity too soon and make recommendations on how to adopt a staged approach to return to pre-Covid-19 activity levels.
Presented by Dr Neil Smart, PhD, M.Med.Sci., Bsc Hons, ESSAF
Neil is a research and teaching professor in the degrees of exercise science and clinical exercise physiology at the University of New England. Neil teaches units in exercise physiology, clinical exercise testing, exercise prescription for disease populations, exercise training and patho-physiology of chronic disease.
Neil's main research interests in exercise science are in exercise therapy for the management of chronic disease. Specifically Neil is interested in the role of intermittent ischaemia and hypoxia on the ability to improve blood vessel function. Neil has worked extensively with people with heart failure and type II diabetes. Neil has also completed >70 meta-analyses of the various benefits of exercise training in patients with chronic disease such as heart failure and renal failure. Neil provides an exercise physiology clinic so people with chronic illnesses in the local community can access the benefits of regular physical exercise.
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