Background: Athletes are enrolled in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programmes in small numbers and require unique diagnostic testing and training considerations. Additionally, many physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers and physicians lack experience treating athletes in CR due to their limited exposure to these types of patients. Content: This analysis distinguishes athletes from typical CR patients within the context of diagnostic testing, assessment, exercise prescription, and management. Several case studies present unique challenges and approaches to the rehabilitation of athletes in a CR setting. Conclusions: Athletes enrolled in CR should be treated and trained according to their abilities and goals. Combining traditional guidelines with alternative approaches may be the optimal manner to treat these unique patients.
Bjerke, W., Steinman, S. & Cotto, V. (2014). Cardiac rehabilitation programmes for low-risk patients and leisure athletes: A potential paradox. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 21(2), 84-90. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2014.21.2.84