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SP0186 Barriers and Facilitators for Applying Optimal Exercise Intensity in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases
  1. E. Hurkmans
  1. Department of Health, Section Physiotherapy, University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria


It is generally known that obtaining and maintaining a sufficient level of physical activity is an important health goal in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Exercises have been shown to have a positive effective on for example aerobic capacity, muscle strength and daily functioning. Furthermore, the safety of exercises has been established as well.

Various studies have shown that patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases have difficulties in starting and/or continuing exercises, whether or not of vigorous or moderate intensity. Studies also have shown that a large part of this population has problems with reaching the optimal intensity. The reason for these problems can be very diverse.

In this presentation barriers and facilitators to start and continue exercises and reach the optimal level of exercise intensity will be discussed. Differenct perspectives on possible barriers and facilitations will be presented.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

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