Do doctors understand the importance of MET and how to use it?


Do doctors understand the importance of MET and how to use it?

No, physicians will not understand medical exercise training (MET) but don't let this be a deterrent. Most physicians realize exercise is beneficial for their patients but as far as prescribing specifics with exercise, such as activities, frequency, duration and progression, they wont know how. But they aren't trainerd to know exercise. Physicians are trained to diagnose and treat disease. In learning to treat disease, they perform surgery, write prescriptions; read x-rays; and interpret diagnostic tests...exercise prescription is not part of the standard medical school curriculum. 


But their defense - which would you prefer? You go to the emergency room at 2 in the morning with a sick child. Would you want the physician to have the ability to interpret the diagnostic test(s) to determine your child's illness and the best course of treatment or do you want a physician that understands exercise programming? I'm pretty sure the majority of you would say "I want a physician that can diagnose". If you agree and you're a medical exercise professional, then it's your job to start educating doctos on the benefits of medical exercise training. In addition, the education should explain how the medical professional can refer their patients for medical exercise training. 

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