: Recreational therapists help people with medical problems improve their health and well-being. They teach patients games, arts and crafts, dance, music, and sports activities. These activities help patients regain skills they've lost because of illness or injury and improve their state of mind. They work closely with medical staff in hospitals and nursing homes. They must be strong enough to move patients and equipment and to participate in activities.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/