Exercise Physiology Overview

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WHAT IS AN ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST?

An exercise physiologist is an Allied Health professional who specialises in the benefits of exercise to help patients get fitter for all around good health, or to treat patients with a medical condition through exercise.

They are much more than an ordinary personal trainer at the gym. Exercise Physiologists study at university and have a wide range of knowledge about the human body and the benefit that exercise has on it, both mentally and physically.

Exercise physiologists are knowledgeable about the effects that exercise has on the musculoskeletal system, as well as on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. They can prescribe a course of exercises for either fitness or rehabilitation. Pilates may be recommended, also home based or gym based exercise routines. They can also advise on behavioural modification programs. Exercise physiologists can treat medical conditions such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, asthma and cardiovascular diseases, as well as many other conditions.

Developing new and healthy habits for patients to enable them to manage their medical condition in the best way possible is a large part of their job. They can also work side by side with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists.

Exercise physiologists may work in private practice, in gyms, in medical centres or in hospitals. Their patients may range from children to senior citizens. Exercise physiologists can also work in the sports medicine research area or in the field of professional sport.

All exercise physiologists in Australia should be accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

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RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)
Master of Exercise Science (Rehabilitation)
Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning)
Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCA)
Level 2 Crossfit Coach
Crossfit Gymnastics
Crossfit Endurance
Pendlay Level 1 & 2 Olympic Lifting Coach
Personal Trainer Cert 3 & 4
First Aid & CPR
NDIS Provider No. 4050034029
ESSA No. 4892
Medicare Provider No. 4357946A

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