COVID-19 Exercise Guidelines
Guidelines have recently been developed in collaboration with ESSA titled, COVID-19 Exercise Guidelines. This online activity will provide an overview of recommendations provided within the guidelines, including recommendations for:
This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 8 December 2022.
• When and how to introduce exercise following COVID-19 infection.
• How to safely progress exercise following re-introduction.
• Commencement and progression of physical activity in different settings (community, medically managed care facilities, hospital).
• Exercise and non-exercise assessments of health and function to inform exercise prescription and/or evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention.
• Adapting or modifying exercise programmes based on the presence of common, problematic symptoms.
• When to refer to other healthcare professionals.
The guidelines and this online activity aim to provide exercise professionals, including accredited exercise physiologists, exercise scientists and sport scientists, the necessary knowledge to provide best-practice exercise advice and care for people across the COVID-19 clinical course.
Presented by Dr Hayley Lewthwaite, Peter Woollett, Caoimhe Scales
Dr Hayley Lewthwaite, BAppSci(HMS), BHlthSci(Hon), PhD, AES, AEP, ESSAM
Hayley Lewthwaite is an accredited exercise physiologists with a special interest in exercise for chronic lung disease (PhD 2018). Hayley completed a postdoctoral research fellowship from 2018 to 2020, further exploring pathophysiological mechanisms underlying symptoms in chronic lung disease, and how to optimise exercise in this population. Hayley is the senior author on the ESSA Guidelines Document "Safe Exercise Across the Clinical Course of COVID-19 in Adults."
Peter Woollett, BAppSc(ExPhys) , GradCertS&C, ESSAM, AEP
Peter Woollett is the lead author on the ESSA Guidelines Document "Safe Exercise Across the Clinical Course of COVID-19 in Adults". For 9 months during the peak of the pandemic was the Senior Exercise Physiologist at Special Health Accommodation in Sydney Local Health District. During this time led a team of 6 EPs in the provision of exercise physiology interventions to people in the acute stages of COVID-19 isolating in the hotel quarantine system and the community
Caoimhe Scales, BClinExPhys, MHPol, AEP, AES, ESSAM
Caoimhe Scales is a Senior Exercise Physiologist in Sydney Local Health District. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Caoimhe developed and implemented the Exercise Physiology service onsite at the Special Health Accommodation (COVID-19 Quarantine Hotels) in Sydney Local Health District, where she worked for 18 months. She was also the Study Coordinator of a research trial run onsite looking at whether a ‘Health Package’ (including exercise intervention) could maintain the physical and mental health of people with and without COVID-19 during quarantine. Caoimhe currently works in Palliative Care and provides care to people in hospital and in the community with complex life-limiting illness, many of whom have had co-morbid COVID-19 infection.
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