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American Society of Exercise Physiologists
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Vol 8 No 4 April 2004
ISSN 1097-9743
Editors: Dr. Lonnie Lowery and Dr. Tommy Boone

Editorial: The Sixth Annual ASEP Annual Meeting

 The 6th Annual American Society of Exercise Physiologists Annual Meeting and Conference took place in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 1 - 3. Participants came from across the country as far away as California, Idaho, Florida, Maryland and elsewhere. Everyone at the meeting received valuable information related to recent research, clinical exercise physiology, and new events in the development of many professional issues related to exercise physiology. The meeting was a great opportunity for an emerging profession which continues to build on the foundation laid by ASEP over the past six years. It proved to be a busy three days that provided ASEP great momentum.

EPC Exam
The events began with the Exercise Physiologist Certification exam held on April 1. Nine Exercise Physiologists successfully completed both parts of the exam, and are Board Certified Exercise Physiologists. Congratulations to Yaron Brill, Carmen Garringer, Amanda Johnson, Amy Krebs, Chris Melton, Annie Mossak-Johnson, Amy Sell, Nik Vilamaa, and Kim Vonderahe. Great job!

Board of Directors Meeting
On the evening of April 1, the ASEP Board of Directors (BOD) convened to discuss current issues and future plans for ASEP. Many important discussions took place during this meeting, such as establishing a new mission statement. While this may appear to be a minor achievement, an effective mission statement will quickly educate people about ASEP and remind old and new members of the purpose of ASEP. 

The new mission statement is as follows:
The American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP), 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.

Also during the BOD meeting, the board selected officers for the upcoming year. Matt Wattles (Idaho) will serve as President. Matt Lehn (Indiana) will be the President-Elect for the current term. Tommy Boone (Minnesota) and Lonnie Lowery (Ohio) will remain as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. Steve Jungbauer (Indiana) will assume the role of Past-President following the conclusion of his Presidency. Additionally, the Board decided to extend the term of the President to two years, therefore, Matt Wattles will be the ASEP President for the 2004 – 2006 term.

In addition, the Board also discussed the current status of several of the committees, as well as goals and activities for many of these committees. Below is a list of the committees and the chairperson(s) for each. Anyone interested in becoming involved in ASEP can do so by contacting any of the following committee chairs.

Dr. Rob Robergs and Dr. Tommy Boone

Annual Meeting
Matt Lehn and Pat Ayres

Dr. Tommy Boone and Aliisa Criffeld

Matt Wattles and Steve Jungbauer

Marketing and Sponsorship
Matt Lehn

Dr. Don Diboll

State Associations
Jason Young

6th Annual Meeting and Conference
The meeting proved to be informative and motivational on many levels. Exercise Physiology topics including: Inflammatory Heart Disease, Muscle Fatigue in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis, Exercise and Cancer, the Future of Diabetes Treatment, Emerging Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Heart Failure, Anatomy, Functional Training, and Nutritional Support for Athletic Recovery and Overtraining.

Research presentations demonstrated some of the newest research being done by exercise physiologist. Research topics included Ergogenic Effect of Runner's Advantage Creatine Serum on Running Performance, Reliability and Validity of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Estimating Body Density, Using the Inversion Table to Improve Learning in the Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Curriculum, Central and Peripheral Components of Oxygen Consumption Improvement via Aerobic Training in Premenopausal Women, Magnetic Resonance Techniques in Skeletal Muscle Research, Evaluations of Fitness Characteristics of Collegiate Soccer Players Before and After a Pre-Season Strength and Conditioning Program, The Validity of Cadence Based Sub-Maximal Fitness Fields Test for Wheelchair Users, and Physiologic Response to Hot Water Immersion. 

Professional topics were at the forefront of many issues discussed at the meeting. Presentations included an update on State Associations, Certification, and Accreditation. Matt Wattles discussed why EPs need licensure, the current state of the exercise physiology profession, why EP licensure efforts have failed in the past, why ASEP will succeed in licensing EPs, and what each EP can do to help. Steve Jungbauer reviewed some historical perspectives and milestones on the direction, barriers, successes and failures related to past, present, and future attempts to build exercise physiology as a profession. Special emphasis was placed on understanding the professional needs of exercise physiology, market and economic trend analysis, and the future direction of ASEP as it continues to gain substantial "working-class" support. 
The roundtable discussions proved to be a valuable tool to allow input and open discussion regarding topics of interest to exercise physiologists. Roundtable discussions included licensure, the growth of ASEP, and new trends in research. Each of the roundtables provided an excellent opportunity to interact with other exercise physiologists on important topics.

There were two highlights to the conference, the keynote address by Dr. Victor Katch and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Dr. David Costill. Dr. Victor Katch’s presentation of “Overfatness and Children” was a refreshing, energetic presentation of a familiar topic. Dr. Katch, who has done extensive research and is widely published in the field of exercise physiology and weight control, took an in depth look at the latest epidemic facing our nation. Dr. Katch’s presentation focused on the growing number of those with obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Dr. Katch established a link between these diseases and the number one cause, physical inactivity.

Participants at the conference were also able to hear from one of the most influential figures in exercise physiology, Dr. David Costill, who received the ASEP Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Costill was introduced by one of his protégés, Dr. Rob Robergs. Dr. Robergs presented a brief look at who Dr. Costill is, including his early interest in swimming, and early influences in the field of exercise physiology. Dr. Costill then reminisced about his early influence in athletics, school and exercise physiology. He included a look at the first days of the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in a trailer, to its current status as a state-of-the-art and world-renowned lab. Dr. Costill’s presentation was an interesting and motivating look at the past, and he gave ASEP words of encouragement for the future.

The meeting was a great success. Excellent speakers and an outstanding meeting location provided the backdrop for a busy and successful three days. Plans are already underway for the 7th ASEP Annual Meeting and Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Start working on your abstract and getting ready for the spring of 2005. See you in Minneapolis.


Matt Lehn


The Quagmire in Exercise Physiology
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC
Professor and Chair
Department of Exercise Physiology
The College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, MN 55811

My friend, we have been lead astray, said Jesse as he took Jennifer's hand and lead her from the sports medicine meeting”. – William T. Boone
There are obvious tragic examples of students who have devoted hard earned dollars for college courses to realize that the academic degree is not linked to a recognized career niche, that earning a non-accredited college degree brings on unwanted pressures and conflicts, and that the department chairs and faculty are seldom willing to deal with the problems.  My friend, we have been lead astray!  What we were lead to believe has caused us to pay the maximum price for not planning for our future.  And, we continue to pay a large price for believing in sports medicine.  Too many of us think alike, as fueled by the solutions to sports medicine’s need for growth and power and, therefore, there are very few of us who are thinking.  We are victims of the pressure to conform to the rituals of the academic exercise physiologists. 
“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”  -- B. Russell
As a result, exercise physiologists are working twice as hard as other dedicated professionals to prove themselves in healthcare.  They know there are still huge voids to fill, claims from fraudulent fitness supplement practitioners to dispel, and equality of career and professional opportunity to be established.  They understand that, at times, it is natural to catch yourself suspecting that the challenges are just too big to get under things control?  Growing impatient is a hard thing to deal with.  It causes anxiety and frustration and all kinds of uncomfortable feelings.  It is easy to stay the same, but hard to change.  The equalization of career opportunity for exercise physiologists is not found in staying unchanged or in doing business as usual.  However, my experience is that when we find our roots, we get down to work. Ours is the right to think about what we do as members of a profession.

The “right” to think independently as evoling professionals is a strategy for solving our biggest political problems?  And, in particular, when members of sports medicine display their strategy (and big arms), it is only more important that we get serious and down to business.  The illusion of an organization doing something good for exercise physiology is sports medicine’s oldest con.  Barely a decade goes by without a new plan unveiled to keep non-academic exercise physiologists hoping for something better.  My only comment is: "Get serious".  The reality of sports medicine doing something serious on behalf of students all across the United States is zero!  Deception exists at many levels.  Only the most engaged can see through the shenanigans.  The students, unfortunately, end up thinking about the “what if” possibilities.  Is sports medicine actually going to solve their problems?  How about licensure?  Is sports medicine going to get licensure for exercise physiologists in the clinical settings?  This illusion of action coupled with the academic exercise physiologists acting “as if” they are serious about helping students cut too close to the bone.  Look around you:  Do you see a lot of non-academic exercise physiologists who are laughing and happy?

There are only a few honest academicians willing to debate the difficult issues and concerns that face exercise physiology.  Most of the hardcore researchers have turned their heads from ASEP.  The students' problems are not their concern.  It is all rather disappointing.  And, it is the most vivid illustration of groupthink I can come up with.  When personal ambitions are more important than doing one’s job, when exercise physiology is left unattended and/or unregulated by the administration and/or a professional organization, and when the academic conditions of today’s failure to address yesterday’s problems can’t get anything but worse (i.e., if left unattended), why wouldn't somebody try to do something to correct the quagmire.  The ASEP leadership is certainly giving its best shot to ensure a future for exercise physiologists.  For certain, the new President of ASEP, Mr. Matthew Wattles, is not going to allow those who don't get it to keep their strong hold on the new exercise physiology.  His strength of character and conviction will guide us in the right direction.  He understands that organizational growth is not about power but about doing the right thing for the right reasons.

“Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  -- Lord Acton
Interestingly, what is so stunning about the sports medicine officials is their willingness to offer at a time of critical importance a proposal (e.g., fitness professionals) that further embarrasses the years of fantasy and trashed academics.  The rising roll call of today’s unemployed exercise physiologists (if we can be so forgiving to call them by that title) is both a reckless and unflattering outcome of cheap mechanics by sports medicine.  Today’s policy of yet another certification on top of the hundreds of meaningless certifications is justification in itself to stand up and fix the problem by saying to everyone:  “Too hell with their political clout.”  This is exactly what my wife said as I was explaining the bizarre job conditions my students find themselves.  Fifty years of failed work on behalf of undergraduate students and programs of study is enough.  My wife said:  "Maybe the students should speak to a good lawyer.  I think they stand a good chance of success in court.  Sports medicine and the academic exercise physiologists who continue to benefit from students who have been lead astray should be held accountable."

Fortunately, now, there is an alternative to the sports medicine failures.  The founding of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists in 1997 is that alternative.  Otherwise, it would be hard to imagine a more demoralizing condition if students were still 100% under the sports medicine spell.  By all accounts ASEP is bringing sincerity and passion to the professional development of exercise physiology.  Some students say, “It’s a fabulous alternative.  It is what we needed from the beginning.”  Others say, “ It didn’t take long to figure out which organization is for exercise physiologists.”  Still others believe that ASEP is all too obvious “the” professional organization of exercise physiologists.  Every exercise physiologist ought to understand the shameful burden students must bear when leaders fail to do the right thing. 

Perhaps the most important result of having attending college is to think as an educated individual.  This is the first “Law of Education”.  When it is violated, it is a moral absurdity since any education is about paying college tuition for packaged programs of study.  It makes little sense to link payment for a product to a notoriously difficult application.  This is why standards and accountability must reform what is an obviously outdated outcome of failed physical education and kinesiology programs throughout the nation’s colleges and universities.  To judge what I’ve said as true is a simple matter of talking to hundreds of graduates in the public sector.  Don’t take my word for it.  Take the word of Robert Robergs, Steve Jungbauer, or Matthew Wattles.  They are men with new ideas and hope for better academic programs.

“A man with a new idea is a Crank, until the idea succeeds.”  -- Mark Twain
Instead, they are critical thinkers out in front of the majority.  They are leaders symbolic of today’s “change agents” in business that exist to correct dysfunctional debates, failures, and the paralysis of yesterday’s thinking.  Change agents are unwilling to go backwards.  They focus on growth and, where necessary, shift from understandably negative thinking to positive thinking and, in particular, the chance to talk about the ASEP agenda and uniting exercise physiologists.  Every new, evoling profession needs somebody who’s willing to support it.  All of this is plain enough; what is especially important to the ASEP leadership is the robust energies that new members bring to exercise physiology.  Simple as it sounds, many organizations would say this is exactly what is important to them. 
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else.” – L. Peter
The clock is ticking.  To date, of course, the ASEP results are impressive.  In one sense, to be sure, more can (and will) be done on behalf of the professional development of exercise physiology.  This doesn’t mean that ASEP per se needs reform or serious questioning.  The cumulative impact of just six years of work leaves little room for “whining”.  A huge amount of work has been accomplished in such a short period of time, yet a new moment is upon us.  Though few leaders realize it, the development of most organizations requires a little luck to see it through.  ASEP really is not that different since it is guided by human beings with similar issues and concerns that other human beings experience and live everyday.  The ASEP’s exercise physiologists’ temperature, measured pulses, and blood pressure are just like other leaders of different organizations.  Life itself is part luck and, yet there is no doubt that hard work and learning how to stay the course are critical to improvement in all areas of of the organization.

The clock is ticking is a good thing.  Time will prove to everyone that the ASEP vision is right on course.  Sir William Osler said it best, “Everywhere the old order changeth, and happy those who can change with it.”  Exercise physiologists of the past decades defined the technological and clinical aspects of exercise physiology.  The exercise physiologists of the 21st century is noted for being knowledgeable, competent, and prepared to practice the four foundational pillars of exercise physiology (i.e., health, fitness, rehabilitation, and athletics).  It is no longer the vision of non-doctorate exercise physiologists working just in cardiac rehabilitation.  It includes now the vision of a more complete and comprehensive view of advanced thinking and practice that benefits all members of the evolving profession and society.  This is a powerful difference between what ASEP believes is important to all exercise physiologists and what sports medicine believes.  As educated professionals who are board certified versus the fitness professionals who may not be a college graduate, the ASEP model is founded on accountability and credibility.

In fact, the ASEP model is defined by the belief that much of exercise physiology will be delivered by non-doctorate exercise physiologists who will provide early functional analysis to promote health and fitness.  As this thinking increases, the role of exercise physiologists in managing new career opportunities will increase significantly across the entire population of individuals with and without documented disease and/or dysfunctions.  Exercise physiology-healthcare programs of practice and attention to diverse members of the population (e.g., pediatrics, diabetics, cardiovascular problems, and geriatric issues) will be much more understood during the next decade.  This will provide demonstrated quality of care by exercise physiologists.  Other healthcare practitioners will come to an important understanding of our practice and delivery of educational measures as the hallmark of exercise physiology research.

In other words, the current quagmire in the regulation of exercise physiology is largely due to the illusion of exercise physiology subservient to sports medicine.  Establishing clarity about the role of sports medicine in its own development and the ASEP focused definitions of what is exercise physiology and who is an exercise physiologist will greatly assist in understanding that both are regulated by entirely different reasons and for different purposes.  Currently, there is real personal, professional, and economical harm being experienced by members of both organizations because they cannot come to terms with the “rights” of each organization.  From the ASEP perspective, it is inappropriate for sports medicine to deny ASEP its right to exist as [the] professional organization of exercise physiologists.  It is imperative that in the future fewer exercise physiologists at all levels must feel less captured by past thinking, and that they will be delivered from feelings of being disenfranchised because they feel it is important to belong to ASEP. 
This synthesis, when properly understood and marketed, can move exercise physiologists past yesterday’s tyranny of debates to an understanding of the fundamental rights of exercise physiologists to their own profession.  This thinking fundamentally will alter the entire path of exercise physiology for decades to come despite the political squabbling and hard choices by some disappointed sports medicine personalities and a certain number of academic exercise physiologists.  The question now is how exercise physiologists can learn to stop the make-believe existence under a different forum and get with the critical virtues of the ASEP organization that has in place the infrastructure for professional development.  While it is possible to imagine several different approaches (or answers) to the question.  The bottom line is rather simple:  “By faith we learn to take the right step.”  All of us within ASEP look forward to your decision to take that step!

“We bcome what we think, what we talk about, and what we do.  If we think our work is for the right reason, if we think that our actions will bring forth positive results, and if we start living as professionals, we will become our vision.” – William T. Boone

1st Shift

The Department of University Cardiologists at Rush University Medical Center,
seeks an Exercise Physiologist to perform and interpret stress testing under physician supervision using predefined stress protocols. Exercise physiologist will ensure the safety of each patient receiving stress testing by closely monitoring each test. 

Requires a BS or MS in Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Stress Test experience and current applicable State Professional License. ECG experience required.

We offer excellent compensation, top benefits and full tuition reimbursement for you or a family member at Rush University. To be considered, please send
curriculum vitae to: 

Tracey Colantonio
Rush University 
Medical Center
729 S. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60612
Fax: 312-942-8271



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Abington, PA

Job Title: Exercise Physiologist - Part-time 
Job Type: (Full-Time, Part-Time, Internship, or Contract):  Part-time 
Job Location: (City and State) Abington, PA 
Job Description: (Duties and Responsibilities) Part-time position available in Rehab Medicine. Individual will prepare patients and equipment for treatment and assist therapists in administering treatment to patients of varying ages ranging from infancy through late adulthood. 

Job Qualifications: (Experience and education required) Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science or related field required. Must have flexible schedule to work morning or afternoon shifts. Experience preferred, along with ACLS and ACSM. 

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Abington Memorial Hospital
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Abington, PA 19001 
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