The working thesis for this paper is that therapeutic recreation is in the best position to deliver an ongoing lifetime program of regular physical activity that promotes and maintains functional ability and health among many persons with disabilities and chronic conditions. Literature is presented that supports the use of exercise as a means of achieving functional and psychological improvements. Following this review, several principles are then presented as the foundation for justifying the use of recreational level exercise as a therapeutic recreation modality. The implications for adopting the use of recreational level exercise are significant for practice and professional preparation. Practitioners will not only need to be competent in exercise program leadership and delivery, but will also need to understand the idiosyncrasies of exercise as a type of leisure behavior. Professional preparation will inevitably have to integrate more exercise and behavioral science into the curriculum.
Author Kenneth E. Mobily
Volume Vol 43, No 2 (2009)