This guide on Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) outlines how it might deliver improved quality of care and productivity. This document has been produced as part of a programme to promote SEM in the NHS led by NHS North West. It covers the role of SEM in chronic disease management, the prescription of exercise to patients with co-morbidity, the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injury and the education / training of allied professionals in these skills.
Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) suggests a potential 30% to 50% reduction of risk in the development of common chronic conditions, including cancer, ischaemic heart disease, obesity and diabetes, dementia and depression. SEM also claims to offer significant improvements in the efficacy of treatment of these chronic conditions.
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