Exercise Physiology Explained

There are a number of groups of people who can recommend exercise to a client from university qualified allied health professionals to personal trainers and coaches. The greatest differences between the groups are the types of client that each group sees and the methods used.

How some of the Allied Health Professionals are similar:-

  • Do not need a referral
  • Use similar assessment tools such as 6 minute walk test, Sit to stand
  • Use exercise to improve flexibility, proprioception, balance
  • May specialise – cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological rehabilitation
  • Work in a variety of settings – independently or as part of a team; privately or in the hospital systems; in clinical or research settings
  • Are required to complete continued education to stay accredited

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is an allied health professional who can:-

  • Prescribe exercise to work towards prevention, reducing the risk or management of chronic disease
  • Prescribe exercise to assist in the management of chronic pain conditions
  • Improve physical capabilities in persons to increase the likelihood of long term physical independence
  • Educate and facilitate lifestyle habits that promote good health

How we achieve these measures:-

  • Utilise evidence based practice to design, implement and supervise individually created exercise prescription programs
  • Recognise clients as individuals in both assessment and prescription by understanding the benefits and physiological effects of exercise on the body
  • Prescribe exercise with a global focus to improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance to achieve short, immediate and long term goals

What we do not do:-

  • Use therapies to treat injuries such as massage, manipulation, acupuncture, electrical stimulation (unless we have the additional appropriate diploma or degree)

Every group who recommend exercise are valuable if you are not sure who you should see please ask