Epidemiology, social structure and environmental changes have altered and expanded the spectrum of responsibility of the medical profession. Many diseases and pathological conditions, especially those most important and significant in social medicine, begin 20 years before their manifestation and require lifelong medical care. This active long-term treatment is supported by 4 pillars: “Drug therapy, dietetics, physical therapy and kinetotherapy.„ The doctor in charge is challenged in the prescription, dosage and supervision of kinetotherapy (the “green prescription„). The booklet Therapeutischer Sport in Augsburg contains a registry of 40 conditions of health impairment, disability, and/or risk factors, for which sports can play a positive role in a long-term therapy or rehabilitation. In addition to the sport groups for the physically handicapped, which have existed for years, newer groups for many other health problem areas have been founded: rheumatism, heart and circulation, respiration (lungs and bronchi), diabetes, ancylosing spondylitis (Bechterew), gout, psychosomatic illnesses, and addiction; in the area of preventive medicine: exercise/sport groups for expectant mothers, mothers and children, and senior citizens.

Therapeutic sports is a newer often-neglected area worthy of much more research, study, instruction courses and application in practice.

Therapeutic Sports and the Physician in Private Practice


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

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  • E. Gossner

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