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GeneralNov 18, 2020

Return to sport: clinicians should seek inspiration from Barack Obama

Physios and others working in the sports and exercise fields should take a leaf out of former US president Barack Obama’s book when encouraging patients to follow rehabilitation regimes.

In a British Journal of Sports Medicine editorial, a team, led by Adam Gledhill from the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, gives prominence to the following quote from Mr Obama.

‘I’m asking you to believe – not in my ability to create change, but in yours.’

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Dr Gledhill, along with co-authors Dale Forsdyke and Tom Goom – a senior lecturer in sports injury management at York St John University and a physio at the Physio Rooms in Falmer, East Sussex, respectively – set out a four-pronged strategy to boost rehabilitation adherence. 

‘Patients have to be their own agent of change; we cannot do it for them,’ they note, arguing that injuries commonly affect patients’ ‘emotional integrity’.

As a result, injured patients may not be totally honest with the clinicians treating them as ‘their ability to make rational decisions can be compromised’.

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