Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) updated Position Statement on exercise and physical activity for people with hip/knee osteoarthritis

Hinman RS, Hall M, Comensoli S, Bennell KL. J Sci Med Sport. 2022 Nov 23:S1440-2440(22)00492-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2022.11.003. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36463000.

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The authors’ goal for this updated position statement was to offer practitioners updated guidance for offering safe and effective exercise for adults with hip or knee osteoarthritis. The authors noted, “The evolving evidence base continues to support exercise recommendations in the prior Position Statement, but new clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses allow recommendations to be refined. In addition, emerging evidence about the importance of physical activity warrants the inclusion of recommendations specific to physical activity. Increased research into the barriers to exercise also justifies the inclusion of recommendations about how best to maximise exercise adherence.” The authors discuss aerobic, resistance, flexibility, neuromotor, and mind-body exercises. They offered recommendations for physical activity and prescription of exercise. They also describe strategies to maximize adherence.

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