Prescription sports: still too many access difficulties

DECRYPTION – Since March 2017, doctors can prescribe adapted physical activities to certain patients. But the device remains poorly known and is not funded.

The benefit of physical activity for everyone is well established, in particular for people with chronic pathologies. So much so that the Haute Autorité de santé believes that in certain cases (such as depression and type 2 diabetes), it should be prescribed as a first-line treatment, before drug treatment. After a fruitful experiment launched in 2012 in Strasbourg, a pioneering city of “prescription sport”, the prescription of adapted physical activity (APA) to patients suffering from around thirty long-term ailments (ALD) has therefore been included in the 2016 law to modernize the health system and has been in effect since March 2017. But after four years of existence, the device, which received high media coverage during its vote, shows a very mixed record …

The APA can be very varied: cycling, aquagym, yoga but also tennis, football or even… surfing. However, the law provides that they are only provided by certain qualified professionals,

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