Exercise Physiologists (EPs) specialise in exercise and using exercise to prevent and manage chronic diseases and injuries. A chronic disease is a medical condition that is not cureable i.e. arthritis or diabetes.
A chronic disease can also be something that lasts a long time like
- heart problems
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- being overweight or
- thin bones (osteoporosis).
Accredited Exercise Physiologists
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is an accredited member of "Exercise and Sports Science Australia" (ESSA) the professional organization that represents and promotes tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners and their role in improving the health and well-being of all Australians.
The field of Exercise and Sports Science is a multidisciplinary field based on the disciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and motor development, exercise and sport psychology, and their interaction when applied to the whole person. Practitioners are trained to apply these disciplines to the understanding of human movement, sport and physical activity, to assist individuals with a chronic disease or injury, regain or maintain their health and work capacity, and to improve fitness, health and performance of all Australia.
Exercise Physiologists are experts at prescribing and suggesting exercise to help achieve your goals, whether those goals are increased fitness, improved quality of life, function around the home, or halting the progression of a disease state.
EPs provide physical activity and behavior change support for clients with conditions such as
- cardiovascular disease
- colon and prostate cancer
- chronic lung conditions and
- many other health conditions.
Clients with chronic musculoskeletal injuries or at risk of developing such a condition, who require exercise rehabilitation programs to improve physical function or mobility, may also benefit from services provided by an EP.
What kind of Training does an Exercise Physiologist have?
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a University qualified health professional. Exercise Physiologists undertake a 4 year degree which includes training in
- muscle physiology
- medical disease states
- the effects of exercise on the body
- exercise prescription and
- wellness management through exercise.
In order to maintain their accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), all AEP's are required to complete ongoing professional training and education.