Exercise and Physical Activity Recommendations for Patients with MS

Exercise and Physical Activity Recommendations for Patients with MS

Thursday, September 10, 2020

4:00 – 5:00 pm (ET)

Successful completion of this activity requires that participants: register for the activity; review the required CE information included in this handout; attend the program; and complete the evaluation form.

To complete the program evaluation

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nursing professionals, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who provide care for patients with MS.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity participants should be better able to:

  • Analyze current evidence supporting the role of exercise and physical activity in the management strategy for
    patients living with MS
  • Identify and address the barriers to participation in exercise and physical activity frequently experienced by
    people living with MS
  • Promote the benefits/safety of exercise and lifestyle physical activity for people living with MS


Alex NG, PhD, FACSM, is a Professor in the Program in Exercise Science, Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He received his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin Madison followed by two postdoctoral fellowships: one in autonomic control of the circulation, at the Universities of Arizona and Colorado, and the other in muscle fatigue the University of California San Francisco, after which found his way to Marquette University where he has remained since.

As a researcher, he has a 25 year and counting history of MS research with an emphasis on fatigue, exercise responses, and quality of life. He has a secondary research interest in cancer‐survivorship. His laboratory work can be described as integrative and translational, and the non‐invasive techniques he uses allow him to probe the pathway of muscle force production from cortical activation to muscle metabolism. Most recently he has begun to move outside his laboratory into the community to investigate and promote the benefits of recreational physical activity, including partnered social dance, for persons with MS.

Alex is a frequent speaker for both Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, and the National MS Society. He currently serves as a member of the National MS Society’s “Wellness Research Working Group” and “Pathways to Cures Think Tank” In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor recreational activities, music, song, dance, and is an adult learner of the violin and mandolin, earplugs not included.

Accreditation and Credit Designation

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), and the VA MS Centers of Excellence (VAMSCoE). CMSC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers designates this activity for 1 contact hour of continuing education
for nurses.

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

All other healthcare professionals completing this program will be issued a certificate of participation.

Disclosure of Financial Relationships

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, CMSC, NMSS, and VAMSCoE require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. CMSC, NMSS, and VAMSCoE resolve all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all their educational programs. Furthermore, CMSC, NMSS, and VAMSCoE seek to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. CMSC, NMSS, and VAMSCoE are committed to providing learners with high‐quality CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

Faculty Disclosures

Alex Ng, PhD, FACSM has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Staff Disclosures

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, or other members at CMSC, NMSS, and VAMSCoE who control content have declared that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

CMSC, NMSS, and VAMSCoE require faculty to disclose to the attendees when products or procedures being discussed are off‐label, unlabeled, experimental,
and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing
research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing education and is not intended to promote off‐label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.


CMSC, NMSS and VAMSCOE present this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. CMSC, NMSS, and the VAMSCoE assume no liability for the information herein.

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