Being active is good for you! Increasing activity levels can produce physical, psychological, social and academic benefits. There are many reasons why children and adolescents have low fitness levels, especially within the hospital environment. That’s why experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine have developed Play Strong, a medically-supervised, wellness program.
Using “play” to show that exercise can be enjoyable, Play Strong is a fun and exciting program that guides participants to create healthy habits at home. Making small changes each week, driven by the participants themselves, helps to ensure long-term success.
There are four primary goals of the Play Strong: Physical Activity program. We aim to change the patients’ and families’…
After a patient’s initial evaluation, the patient will receive a recommendation for one or more of the following options of programming:
Nutrition is an important part of your child’s overall health, especially when they are living with or recovering from a chronic condition. As part of the Play Strong program, patients have the opportunity to meet with a registered dietitian for an initial consultation and further sessions. The dietitian will help patients and their families create a healthy nutrition plan and set individualized goals for everyday success to improve their energy level as they increase physical activity!
Referrals can be made to the Play Strong Program from within Nationwide Children’s by searching “Sports Medicine Play Strong” or “Sports Medicine Play Strong w/ Nutrition”). From outside the hospital, prescriptions can be written for Athletic Training or Functional Rehabilitation. Please be sure to include all pertinent diagnoses and comorbidities, as well as a clearance for physical activity. They may be faxed to 614-355-6072.
In 2014 referrals for our programming were received from the following:
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For more information, please contact Travis Gallagher, AT, at (614) 685-2183 or Travis.Gallagher@NationwideChildrens.org.
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