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EXERCISE PROGRAMMING FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Considerations for Health Care Professionals

Chiarlitti, Nathan A., M.Sc.; Sirois, Alexandra, M.S.; Andersen, Ross E., Ph.D., FACSM; Bartlett, Susan J., Ph.D.

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000465
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Apply It! 1) Health care professionals will be able to describe why physical activity promotion and exercise programming is especially important for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

2) Health care professionals will learn the importance of ongoing communication with clients to identify potential barriers to exercise and finding solutions to staying active.

3) Health care professionals will be able to describe how to modify exercise programming to accommodate clients with stiff or swollen joints and suboptimal range of motion associated with rheumatoid arthritis disease activity.

Nathan Chiarlitti, M.Sc., has completed an M.Sc. in Kinesiology and Physical Education the McGill University. His thesis project is introducing a resistance exercise program for people living with rheumatoid arthritis. His research interests include physical activity in clinical populations and exercise physiology in sport contexts.

Alexandra Sirois, M.S., has completed a Master of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education from McGill University. Alexandra’s master’s research focuses on examining the changes in participation and physical function after a resistance training program for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Her research interests include health promotion, health outcomes in rheumatic diseases, and physical activity in clinical populations.

Ross E. Andersen, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor of Exercise Physiology at McGill University where he holds joint appointments in Kinesiology, Medicine, and Nutrition. His work has focused on examining the role that active living plays in helping individuals living with excess weight manage their weight.

Susan J. Bartlett, Ph.D., is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her research centers around the influencing health behaviors across chronic diseases (asthma, COPD, and arthritis), measurement of patient-centered outcomes, patient engagement, and enhancing communication between providers and patients.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

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