Exercise counselling and prescription in pediatric chronic disease | OM #3.1

Learning Objectives:

  • Basic principles of exercise prescription and counseling.
  • Challenges of exercise prescription in pediatrics.
  • How to translate the guidelines into personalized exercise prescription.
  • How to include exercise counselling and prescription in daily clinical practice.

Barbara Cifra, MD, at the Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Barbara Cifra graduated cum laude from medical school at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy and completed her residency in Sports Medicine, focusing her training in cardiology and exercise physiology. As a trainee, she worked in the Medical and Surgical Paediatric Cardiology Unit at Bambino Gesu’ Children Hospital in Rome studying how the different types of physical activity impact heart function in children with acquired and congenital heart disease. While in Italy she also had the unique opportunity to work with the first league soccer team in Rome (AS Roma) and the Italian National Rowing team. In 2011 she started working at SickKids as research volunteer and then in 2012, as a research fellow, in the Echocardiography Laboratory in the Labatt Family Heart Centre where she developed the Exercise Stress Echocardiography Program. Dr. Cifra uses exercise stress echocardiography to detect early signs of cardiac dysfunction in children with heart problems. Due to her expertise in pediatric cardiology and exercise physiology, Dr. Cifra became a staff physician at Sickkids in 2016. She developed a model of cardiac rehabilitation program that she is currently running, the Exercise Medicine Program that provides healthy lifestyle plan and personalized exercise recommendation for children with heart disease and other chronic disease.

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