Update: 2014 ASEP Meeting

Another ASEP national conference is in the books, and it was a great one! The feedback I have received from attendees reflects the appreciation and enthusiasm we all share as we move forward with the development of our profession.

Presentations at the conference were on varied topics of research and applications in practice, and the thoughtful questions and discussions always brought us to ways we could use these new concepts or apply the most recent technology to improve how Exercise Physiologists help people.

We were honored to have Dr. Julien Baker as our Keynote Speaker and our thanks go out to him again for traveling so far to support us! We enjoyed the student presentations and they did such a nice job. We look forward to hearing from them again in the future. I was pleased to see that presentations from the practicing Exercise Physiologists helped the group get into an entrepreneurial spirit, which provided for stimulating conversations about the art of applying our science.

Our academic Exercise Physiologists brought their “A-Game” and we thank them all for the knowledge and new questions they’ve helped us ponder.

A special thanks to Dr. Tommy Boone for his insightful presentations, and moreover his career of work on behalf of Exercise Physiologists. We are all beneficiaries of his tireless work to build and sustain ASEP. I feel that our professional field is becoming a reality in great part thanks to him!

New ASEP officers were introduced at the meeting. Dr. Sarju Raiyani will serve as the next ASEP President. Mr. Patrick Ayres will serve as Secretary, and I am honored to continue service as Treasurer.

The Board of Directors and ASEP Officers want to thank Sarju for hosting the 2014 Meeting, and for setting up such a great venue at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

ASEP would also like to thank Dr. Frank Wyatt of Midwestern State University for volunteering (again) to host the 2015 ASEP National Meeting. It will be held in Oklahoma City. This central proximity should allow for increased attendance, although we had attendees from as far away as Alaska and Scotland this year.

Watch www.asep.org for more details to be posted as they are finalized. I’m already looking forward to seeing everyone again!

In closing, I want to thank the ASEP Board of Directors for their faith in my leadership and ASEP members who have accepted my ideas and direction for the organization. Stand on your EPC credential as the expert as your field opens before you. Create the opportunities for those coming that did not exist for us. Stay true to the ideals and commitments that set us apart and thrive … that is my wish for you!

Shane Paulson, MA, EPC, ASEP President 2011-2014

ASEP Mission Statement

The American Society of Exercise Physiologists, the professional organization representing and promoting the profession of exercise physiology, is committed to the professional development of exercise physiology, its advancement, and the credibility of exercise physiologists.

What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiology is the identification of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity and regular exercise, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of physical and mental health and fitness, the rehabilitation of heart disease and other diseases and/or disabilities, and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested in athletics and sports training.

The Introduction to Exercise Physiology text is endorsed by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). For more information about exercise physiology as a healthcare profession, go straight to Jones and Bartlett Publishing or click on any number of Internet sites such as Introduction to Exercise Physiology.

Who is an Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise Physiologist is a healthcare professional who has either an academic degree in exercise physiology or an academic degree that is related to exercise physiology and has passed the ASEP Exercise Physiologist Certified, EPC exam and, therefore, is certified by ASEP to practice exercise physiology.

The Exercise Physiologist's Practice

Establishing and implementing standards of practice are major functions of a professional organization. The purpose of the standards is to describe the responsibilities for which exercise physiologists are accountable. The Exercise Physiology Practice promotes health and wellness, prevents illness and disability, restores health and well-being, and helps athletes reach their potential in sports training and performance.

Exercise Physiologists -- Not Personal "Trainers"

Society is full of "personal trainers." They may or may not have a college degree. Often, they can earn a certification from any one of numerous organizations that do not meet qualifications set by the ASEP Board of Certification. People need regular exercise. After all, exercise medicine should be prescribed by Board Certified Exercise Physiologists.

A Board Certified Exercise Physiologist is a person who has passed the ASEP Exercise Physiologist Certified exam. EPCs are held accountable to the ASEP Code of Ethics and the Exercise Physiologist's Standards of Practice.

"Professional Distinction with Board Certification"

ASEP is important for many reasons, but one in particular is to promote the professional development of exercise physiology. Hence, implicit within the ASEP web pages is the notion that exercise physiology is a healthcare profession. The bulk of the epidemiologic evidence and the scientific papers by exercise physiologists support the health benefits of regular exercise. Moreover, it is clear that an active lifestyle protects from many diseases. Now, with the ASEP Board Certification as the gold standard for exercise physiologists, the supervision, safety, and care of clients are increasingly evident throughout the public sector.

Personal trainers may or may not have a college degree and, if they do, the degree may or may not be in a related field. They are not qualified to earn the EPC degree. Therefore, they can neither be held accountable to the exercise physiology Code of Ethics nor practice exercise physiology.

ASEP: A True Vision!

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is a process. Working together is success." -- Henry Ford

Professional exercise physiologists have a responsibility to create change in their professional arenas, whether that is in the clinical area, education, administration, business, or research. Personal attention, role modeling, precepting, and mentoring are all critical to sharing values and career goals and other important professional matters, including but not limited to, accreditation, board certification, and standards of practice.

Exercise physiologists are recognized as healthcare professionals, which is certainly different from the old version of an exercise specialist, trainer, or fitness instructor. Exercise physiologists serve their clients in diverse career venues and practices. This kind of responsibility requires a credible certification that reflects professionalism, protects the public, and strengthens the profession.


The textbook entitled Introduction to Exercise Physiology is endorsed by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) as the study guide for the ASEP Board Certification exam (EPC). For information to purchase the book, go to Jones and Bartlett Learning . To place an order please visit Introduction to Exercise Physiology. or call 1-800-832-0034. Click here for sample pages of the Table of Contents Samples

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