By improving an individual's functional capacity through increased physical activity before an anticipated orthopaedic procedure, it seems reasonable to assume that the individual will maintain a higher level of functional ability and rebound more rapidly in the rehabilitation process. Prehabilitation is the process of enhancing functional capacity of the individual to enable him or her to withstand the stressor of inactivity associated with an orthopaedic procedure. A generic prehabilitation program incorporates the components of warm-up, a cardiovascular component, resistance training, flexibility training, and practicing functional tasks.
Marcia M. Ditmyer, PhD, CHES, was Project Director at The University of Toledo in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Robert Topp, PhD, is Associate Dean of the School of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia in August, Georgia.
Matthew Pifer, BA, was a Research Assistant at the Medical College of Ohio.