In this session, we hosted Robert Scales, Ph.D., Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Health within the Division for Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Together we discussed how to adapt to the COVID-19 situation in the area of rehabilitation. The webinar focused on finding the right balance of applying innovation and technology with the human touch in clinical practice. At the same time, it offered insight into how to deliver therapeutic exercise to patients in their homes.

Key themes:

  • The influence of COVID-19 on rehabilitation practice
  • COVID-19 restrictions introduce new ways to deliver treatment, which includes telemedicine
  • Learn about virtual rehabilitation – is this the next big step?
  • How important is the human factor in delivering virtual rehabilitation

  • Tips for clinicians in the prescription of therapeutic exercise and evidence supporting the medicinal qualities of exercise
  • How can physicians encourage their patients to be more physically active
  • Creative ways to educate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation students and clinicians about the rehabilitation clinic
  • How to deliver therapeutic exercise with Connected mHealth

Key speakers:

Dr. Robert Scales

Robert Scales, Ph.D.

Robert Scales, Ph.D. is the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and he is a volunteer Clinical Professor at Arizona State University. He joined Mayo Clinic in 2008 as an exercise physiologist and in his administrative role, he has provided leadership in the development of a cardiology-based initiative that is designed to prevent heart disease and related conditions.

This includes a partnership with primary care and specialty clinics to conduct medically-directed exercise physiology consultations that promote the American College of Sport’s Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine global initiative. His primary research interest is the application of motivational interviewing and effective provider-patient communication in the healthcare setting. Dr. Scales is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, an advisory board member of the International Concussion Society and a task force member of the Athlete Development and Sports Rehabilitation section of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Eva Kovac

Eva Kovač

A performance psychologist who works in the field of talent management and organizational psychology. She serves as Vice President of 24alife and leads global teams of experts and program implementations.


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