Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) hold a four-year university degree and are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise and lifestyle interventions for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.
AEPs specialise in clinical exercise interventions for a broad range of pathological as well as healthy populations. These persons may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries. AEP interventions are aimed at preventing and managing acute, sub acute and chronic disease and injury as well as assisting in restoring one's optimal physical function and wellbeing. The goal of exercise physiology is to PREVENT AND MANAGE injuries and chronic diseases, through lifestyle, exercise and behaviour modification.
Exercise Physiologists specialise in exercise for rehabilitation, exercise for health and well being, chronic and complex medical conditions, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, work conditioning and improvements in sports performance. EPs are trained in preventing the onset of disease through exercise and lifestyle modification, in the treatment of disease, understanding interactions of exercise and pharmacology, managing multiple medical conditions, attending to the risk factor, health education and in providing post-acute exercise rehabilitation – all with a view to produce effective and cost effective solutions.
EPs operate uniquely in the healthcare market in that they deliver exercise programs that also incorporate proven strategies that facilitate long-term behaviour change. When selecting your EP, ensure that your chosen EP is accredited with the ESSA (Exercise & Sports Science Australia). All EPs should have this accreditation.
Who is suited to exercise intervention?
A history of sedentary behaviours Difficultly maintaining motivation and adherence Physical restrictions or mobility issues Co-morbid conditions
EPs treat and manage a broad range of conditions
These include a range of commonly preventable health conditions:
Diabetes and Pre Diabetes Cardiovascular Disease Musculoskeletal Injury Arthritis Obesity Cancer Depression Osteoporosis Dysmetabolic Syndrome Back and Neck Pain Occupational Injury Chronic Respiratory Disease and Asthma
AEPs are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are university trained members of the health and medical sector who specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. AEPs can also do anything a PT is qualified to do. Personal trainers are members of the recreation sector. The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training. Personal trainers are qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. “apparently healthy populations”).
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