ECHN Physical Therapy Assistant Certified As Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)

Jul 26, 2011 -  MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – Mary Pranckus, PTA, NSCA-CPT, of Eastern Connecticut Health Network’s (ECHN) Rehabilitation Services, has recently earned her ACSM/ACS (American College of Sports Medicine/American Cancer Society) Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET). She is one of six individuals in Connecticut to hold this certification.

A CET is a fitness professional who trains men and women who were recently diagnosed with cancer and have not yet begun treatment, are receiving treatment, have completed treatment or are a survivor experiencing chronic or late effects from disease or treatment; and are apparently healthy or have the presence of known stable cardiovascular disease with low risk for complications with vigorous exercise and do not have any relative or absolute contraindications for exercise testing.

Additionally, the CET performs appropriate fitness assessments and makes exercise recommendations while demonstrating a basic understanding of cancer diagnoses, surgeries, treatments, symptoms and side effects.

Pranckus has been with ECHN at Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) for the past 25 years, and she believes that this new certification will help her enhance the already comprehensive cancer care that patients receive at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute (ECCI), as well as at MMH. This certification also compliments her physical therapy skills, which include manual therapy techniques, such as McKenzie, Maitland, muscle energy techniques, and myofascial release, as well as her personal training skills. For more information about these services, please call 860.647.6485.

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