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congratulations to the teams at the FIA and Fitpro who made
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At the Summit, FIA chair Fred Turok laid out the FIA’s vision
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for the future with passion and conviction, telling delegates that
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a major direction for our industry must continue to be
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collaboration with the medical profession.
Katie Barnes As we push forward with this work, we have three distinct groups to bring together: GPs and other

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NHS services, exercise scientists and fitness professionals. Our task is to build links between these
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three groups which are based on common expertise, research, respect and teamwork.
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At the moment, there’s little shared ground between doctors and exercise scientists, and little
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overlap between exercise scientists and fitness professionals, so we’re not getting the benefit of the
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When you look at the bigger picture and at the clinical evidence which proves the importance of
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exercise in relation to almost every aspect
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element of exercise
that these disciplines are absent from GPs’
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training.However, when you overlay the
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exercise scientist, there’s very little overlap.
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equipped to refer
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patients – as they do
Modern allopathic medicine mainly focuses
on curative regimes – drug interventions,
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specialists, for example
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disease. The current government has recognised the power of prevention and has steered policy
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strongly in this direction but, in spite of this, GPs still remain largely outside the loop.
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We would argue that GPs’ training should be lengthened to include an element of exercise science,
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so they’re equipped to refer their patients to exercise scientists and fitness professionals – as they do
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with ENT or cardiac specialists, for example. GPs are, by definition, generalists, and the system only
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The final piece of the jigsaw will be the link between exercise science and the fitness profession,
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link back into the NHS to be a sound and sustainable one.
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