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What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and what to expect from a session

[Posted: 10 Jul 2016]

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) hold a four-year university degree and are allied health professionals. AEPs specialise in clinical exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise and lifestyle modification programs for people who are at risk of, or living with chronic disease.

The aims of AEP clinical exercise programs are to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring your optimal physical function, health or wellness. AEPs also provide training in safe manual handling, perform functional assessments, carry out fitness tests; perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments, and provide lifestyle education to help people manage their health conditions.

Why might you see an AEP?

You may see an AEP for a whole range of reasons. Typical accredited exercise physiologist services include:

  • Initial assessment to determine health status, and exercise/physical activity history
  • explain how exercise therapy will help to treat or improve your condition and improve your quality of life
  • discussing your exercise and health goals, and strategies to achieve these goals
  • completing a physical assessment to determine your current physical abilities to enable a program to be designed
  • development of an exercise program, clinical or home based, individual or group
  • instruction on how to complete the exercise program, including discussion on the role of the exercise and how to achieve good technique
  • written reports to the referring GP, Practice Nurse or specialist, detailing your exercise plan and progress
  • ongoing assessment to track your progress and identify changes to the program that need to occur
  • overcome persisting pain caused by injury or overuse
  • improve your heart health
  • rehabilitate following a cardiac event
  • control your diabetes
  • prevent pre-diabetes from progressing
  • improve your recovery following cancer treatment
  • improve your joint movement and pain
  • improve your general health and wellbeing.

Why may a GP refer you to an AEP? 

  • To improve your quality of care
  • to improve self-management of your chronic condition or injury
  • to support you to increase your physical activity levels in a safe way.

Accredited exercise physiologists are differentiated from other allied health professions or fitness professionals by the possession of extensive knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery and health-behaviour change counselling for people with chronic diseases or injury.  

Find out more about Exercise Physiology services offered at Curtin Stadium.