Strength messaging project

We’re working with Sport England and the Centre for Ageing Better to find ways to help your patients become stronger. Our insight report on the project and one-page resource for health professionals are now available

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Maintaining and improving muscle strength is crucial to help people live independently as they age and empower them to manage long-term health conditions.

But as of late 2019, too few people living with long-term conditions did strengthening on a regular basis, and too little was known about how they could be supported to increase that participation.

Responding to these gaps, the CSP was commissioned by Sport England and the Centre for Better Ageing to tackle the issue.

We spent a year listening to people living with long-term health conditions about their thoughts on strengthening and produced a report giving an overview of the insight and recommendations for strength messaging from people living with long term health conditions aged 39-64 and physiotherapy staff in the UK from a range of clinical specialities and grades.

This report gives you crucial insights into the barriers, beliefs and motivations of people with long-term conditions when it comes to strengthening.

The findings can be put to use immediately when approaching conversations about strengthening with your patients.

The CSP is working with behaviour change experts to produce further resources to support your conversations.

Watch the webinar

On 11 March 2021, we hosted a strength messaging webinar.

Muscle-strengthening activities should be done at least two days a week, but any strengthening activity is better than none.

UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines, September 2019
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