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Exercise physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in clinical exercise interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. Those people may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries. The aims of exercise physiology interventions are to prevent or manage acute, sub- acute or chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health, or wellness (1).
Conditions covered by the services of exercise physiologists include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory / pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status (2).
Exercise physiologists offer a range of services which include behavioural coaching, health education, exercise counselling and physical rehabilitation. Services include the prescription of tailored exercise programs, promoting leisure-time and incidental activity, and counselling to reduce sedentary behaviours. This will include an assessment to ensure the activity is safe, effective, and likely to be maintained in the long term (1).
Accredited exercise physiologists do not provide invasive services (except for point of care testing), diagnosis, joint manipulation or pharmaceutical medicines (1).
|1||Allied Health Professions Australia. Exercise physiology [Internet]. AHPA. 2021. [cited 2021 May 3]. Available from: https://ahpa.com.au/allied-health-professions/exercise-physiology/|
|2||Exercise & Sports Science Australia. What is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP)? [Internet]. ESSA. 2021. [cited 2021 May 3]. Available from: https://www.essa.org.au/Public/Consumer_Information/What_is_an_Accredited_Exercise_Physiologist_.aspx|