Exercise is Medicine and Inspira Health partner to increase sports medicine opportunities

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The Exercise is Medicine club logo. - Photo / Rowan University

Rowan’s Exercise is Medicine (EIM) hosted its second meeting on March 10, partnering with The Physician Referred Exercise Program (PREP) at Inspira. The event was an entryway for students looking to work in the field of sports medicine.

Guest speaker of the event, Rowan alumn Lindsay Rice works at Inspira Fitness Connection in Vineland. She talked at the event alongside her brother, Kevin Rice who is the president of EIM.

Her primary role is running PREP. Rice stressed that she has multiple roles at Inspira that include helping uphold the facility, being a personal trainer, and aiding in nutrition coaching. She spoke about the many opportunities Inspira can provide for students. Inspira has shadowing opportunities, internships, and career paths in the exercise science field.

To be a part of the 90-day supervised exercise program, students need a referral that is given to them by a physician.

The event opens opportunities for students that want to go into physical therapy, strength and conditioning, athletic coaching, cardiac rehab, and more.

Kevin Rice emphasized the importance of such opportunities.

“We think it’s really important for students to get exposed to these opportunities so that they can really find out what their passion is and where they can find their impact in the world,” Price said. 

The PREP facility is a public gym as well as a medical fitness facility. They offer general gym memberships with group exercise classes. The facility shares a building with physical therapy, and occupational therapy while also having an in-house dietician and in-house massage therapist. 

EIM is a global initiative sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals from 90 countries. ACSM’s mission is to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

In addition, EIM’s goal, according to their page, is, “to promote health and wellness in the local community, advocating exercise as both a preventative and alternative medicine.” EIM promotes health and wellness in the local community.

The club tailors exercise to individuals so that they can enjoy it and its benefits. Exercise improves sleep, one’s mentality, and decreases stress and anxiety.

“A lot of people come into exercise fearing the word of it. You mention exercise near anyone, they’re petrified and run away from you. Our goal is to redefine what that exercise is,” Price said. 

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