Exercise Physiology

“Exercise physiology is the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of physical exercise conditions. In addition, many exercise physiologists study the effect of exercise on pathology, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression.” Source

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise Physiologist specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. They provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain and many more.

ESSA provides the national accreditation program for exercise physiologists. Accredited Exercise PhysiologistsTM (AEPs) are recognised as allied health professionals. They are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans Affairs and have recognition among a number of health insurers. AEPs are also eligible to provide treatment through compensation schemes such as WorkCover and Third Party insurance.

How can Exercise Physiology help me?

Some conditions can be prevented, controlled or even reversed with simple changes to lifestyle. Small changes in physical activity, for example, can enhance the quality of life of many people living with these conditions. However, there are many mixed messages about what type of physical activity and how much is beneficial. Some people just don’t know where to start.

An Exercise Physiologist can help get you started by:

1. Providing evidence-based information about how physical activity can help your condition.

2. Designing a suitable and safe exercise program that is comfortable and works to improve your condition.

3. Provide encouragement and support to enhance motivation and adherence to exercise.