Special communication| Volume 97, ISSUE 9, SUPPLEMENT , S183-S184, September 2016

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It Is Time to Invite Patients to the Physical Activity Party…


      Physical activity is associated with a myriad of health benefits relevant to adults who commonly receive rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the prescription for exercise and overall activity still continues to be overlooked, which is a missed opportunity because those receiving rehabilitation are most likely to benefit from the effects of physical activity. The purpose of this supplement is to fill this knowledge gap by featuring articles that examine the efficacy of physical activity, and describe mechanisms underlying changes in physical activity and how physical activity in rehabilitation populations fits within broader medical and public health frameworks.


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      1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2008 physical activity guidelines for Americans. Available at: Accessed July 22, 2016.

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        Variations among primary care physicians in exercise advice, imaging, and analgesics for musculoskeletal pain: results from a factorial experiment.
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        Exercise/physical activity and weight management efforts in Canadians with self-reported arthritis.
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        • Danks K.A.
        • Pohlig R.
        • Reisman D.S.
        Combining fast-walking training and a step activity monitoring program to improve daily walking activity after stroke: a preliminary study.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S185-S193
        • Driver S.
        • Woolsey A.
        Evaluation of a physical activity behavior change program for individuals with a brain injury.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S194-S200
        • Backus D.
        Increasing physical activity and participation in people with multiple sclerosis: a review.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S210-S217
        • Murphy S.L.
        • Niemiec S.S.
        • Lyden A.K.
        • Kratz A.L.
        Pain, fatigue, and physical activity in osteoarthritis: the moderating effects of pain- and fatigue-related activity interference.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S201-S209
        • Dominick G.M.
        • Zeni J.A.
        • White D.K.
        Association of psychosocial factors with physical activity and function after total knee replacement: an exploratory study.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S218-S225
        • Fisher S.R.
        • Graham J.E.
        • Ottenbacher K.J.
        • Deer R.
        • Ostir G.V.
        Inpatient walking activity to predict readmission in older adults.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S226-S231
        • Cowan R.E.
        Exercise is Medicine initiative: physical activity as a vital sign and prescription in adult rehabilitation practice.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S232-S237
        • Rimmer J.
        • Lai B.
        • Young H.-J.
        Bending the arc of exercise and recreation technology toward people with disabilities.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S247-S251
        • Nash M.S.
        • Kressler J.
        Model programs to address obesity and cardiometabolic disease: interventions for suboptimal nutrition and sedentary lifestyles.
        Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016; 97: S238-S246