What Is An Exercise Physiologist?

An exercise physiologist is an allied health professional.  They have completed an undergraduate degree in human movement studies or exercise science.  The areas studied in becoming an Exercise Physiologist may include but not limited to anatomy, physiology, cardiopulmonary function, nervous system function, biomechanics, exercise prescription, behavioural psychology.  You will find Exercise Physiologist’s working in public health care, private clinics, research and professional athletic coaching.

Through their university studies and continuing education an Accredited Exercise Physiologist has satisfied the criteria outlined by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).  This criteria recognises the knowledge and experience gained as an Exercise Physiologist.  An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is eligible to provide services to Medicare under Chronic Disease Management, Department of Veterans Affairs and private health insurers.Many Exercise Physiologist will specialise in exercise and health prescription for chronic disease, musculoskeletal injuries and the healthy population.  Their clientele will range from children to senior citizens.

Exercise Physiologists’ promote health and an improved quality of life through exercise, physical activity and behaviour modification.  Assessments performed by Exercise Physiologist take into account medical history, musculoskeletal injuries and personal goals of the client.  This ensures the exercise or lifestyle modification prescribed is safe, effective and likely to result in long term habit changes.

Exercise Physiologist’s can work side by side with your General Practitioner, Surgeon, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Podiatrists.  The types of conditions treated by an Exercise Physiologist can include obesity, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, back pain, stroke, cancer as well as many other conditions.