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Being an Exercise Physiologist

Being an Exercise Physiologist

What do I need to do to be an Exercise Physiologist

An Exercise Physiologist is a health professional who specialises in the use of physical activity and exercise to prevent, treat and manage various medical conditions.

Their main focus is to help individuals improve their physical function, quality of life and overall health.

Some of the specific duties of an Exercise Physiologist may include:

  1. Assessing an individual's physical fitness levels and health status through medical history review and physical assessments.

  2. Designing and implementing exercise programs that are tailored to the specific needs and goals of the individual.

  3. Monitoring and evaluating an individual's progress and making adjustments to their exercise program as needed.

  4. Educating individuals about the benefits of physical activity and how to incorporate it into their daily routine.

  5. Providing guidance and support to help individuals adhere to their exercise program and reach their goals.

  6. Collaborating with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors and physical therapists, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

  7. Conducting research and staying up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of exercise physiology to enhance their practice and provide the best care possible.

In Australia, becoming an Exercise Physiologist typically involves the following steps:

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, sports science, or a related field from a recognized university.

  2. Complete an accredited postgraduate degree in exercise physiology, such as a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology or a Master of Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology).

  3. Gain practical experience through internships, work placement, or volunteer opportunities in exercise physiology or related fields.

  4. Register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and obtain accreditation from Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA is the peak professional body for Exercise Physiologists in Australia and accreditation is required in order to practice as an Exercise Physiologist in Australia.

  5. Complete ongoing professional development to maintain accreditation and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of exercise physiology.

Note that the specific requirements may vary slightly depending on the state or territory in which you wish to practice. It is important to check the latest information and requirements from AHPRA and ESSA to ensure that you meet the necessary qualifications and standards to practice as an Exercise Physiologist in Australia.