HCM February 2021

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C OV I D -19 The physical activity sector has a vital role to play in immunity boosting and rehabilitation

On the road to recovery

The health and fitness

sector knows the vital role it plays in boosting immunity in the face of COVID-19. Now there’s another opportunity to be an essential service:

helping people recover from the virus. Kate Cracknell reports


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ne legacy of COVID-19 will be a long-term requirement to support those affected, by providing dedicated rehabilitation and support services. Exercise will play a key role in this and the current medical guidance is for people to get back to their previous level of activity as soon as possible – even aiming to be more active. At the moment, however, there’s limited guidance around how to do this and with COVID-19 leaving some people with everything from Long COVID to undiagnosed heart conditions (see HCM October 2020, p76), developing expertise in this area is vital. The physical activity sector has the chance to step up as an essential service, but if we are to play this role, we must upskill, absorb knowledge as new understanding of the virus continues to emerge and appreciate that a bespoke approach will be required when dealing with these individuals. We take a look at emerging initiatives from across the activity sector.

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