What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are highly qualified exercise professionals that are university qualified. AEP’s specialise in the prescription and delivery of clinical exercise and lifestyle modification programs. They possess the knowledge, skills and competency to work with people with chronic and complex diseases, people with injuries and people who are apparently healthy.

AEPs must adhere to strict criteria in order to maintain accreditation and stay up to date with current research in the field.

An exercise physiologist can help with:

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  •  obesity
  •  musculoskeletal injuries
  •  cardiovascular disease
  •  diabetes
  •  osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
  •  mental health conditions (depression/anxiety)
  •  cancer
  •  chronic pain and fatigue
  •  post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)
  •  neuromuscular exercise therapy (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
  •  pulmonary disease (lung disease/dysfunction)
  •  falls & balance
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An exercise physiologist can also help the weekend athlete with performance enhancement and injury prevention.

What is the difference between Exercise physiology and Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists use various treatments such as joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy. There are main types of Physiotherapy. Musculoskeletal treats muscles, bones and joints such as back pain, arthritis, workplace, sporting injuries and post orthopeadic surgery. Cardiothoracic to treat disorders of the cardio-respiratory system including asthma, COPD, emphysema as well as rehabilitation after thoracic surgery. Neurological treatment which included disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and post brain surgery rehabilitation.

Exercise Physiologist’s use exercise and physical activity for treatment but also look at lifestyle and behaviour modification. They are experts in exercise rehabilitation and metabolic conditions. Their role is to prevent or manage chronic disease, injury and disability. The type of clientele of an Exercise Physiologist includes people with diabetes, obesity, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, immune disorders, musculoskeletal injuries and cardiovascular disease as well as others.