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  April, 2006; Vol. 10 No. 4.

 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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ASEP: Already Getting Noticed in 2006
Lonnie Lowery, Ph.D.

There are those who have expected - perhaps even hoped - that ASEP would go quietly into the night, leaving the status quo to continue. These few persons, some of which hold positions in organizations that are made uncomfortable by ASEP, must be getting especially disappointed in 2006. Conversely, the many persons with whom I've spoken who agree strongly with ASEP's mission must be getting increasingly pleased and excited.

In the last month, we have seen no fewer than three ASEP activities that reached hundreds if not a few thousand people. The ASEP National Meeting took place in New Mexico. Building upon past successes, it offered exciting new interactive additions such as Labview training. The ASEP National Conference also continues to draw notable keynote speakers, this year hosting Dorian Dugmore, Ph.D., F.A.A.C.P.R., and Director of Wellness International at Adidas - Manchester, England.

Almost simultaneously - and also related to England - a member of the ASEP Board of Directors was presenting Obesity and the Healthcare Professions: Cooperation or Assimilation? at an international meeting of experts in Oxford. Opening the eyes of scores of other professionals regarding the legitimacy of Exercise Physiologists (EPCs) and stimulating well-received discussion on making referrals, the presentation should elicit a chain reaction that will grow when these experts return to their home institutions.

And to push awareness on yet another front, the current President of ASEP is developing Exerpedia, The Open Source, Online Encyclopedia of Exercise Physiology. This, and the presence of legitimate exercise physiology in Wikipedia (, are reaching still more curious students and professionals alike.

It's time to let other professionals and hopeful students know that exercise physiology is indeed a profession. ASEP is doing this now, perhaps more than ever. The change in recognition will come slowly, as many stable social changes do, but it will come. The relentless and positive push of ASEP's members will help it happen. The few persons in existing exercise-related organizations that have let personality conflicts interfere with their embracement of ASEP will have to reconsider. There is room for cooperation. There is much common ground to be had; it stems from the need for recognition (of legitimacy) to protection of the public.

So, just as those who read this Newsletter are aware of the need for cooperation and awareness, so too will hundreds more understand, lending their professional support and marketing resources to a worthy cause. 

Ask the Professor: Your Inside Scoop on Tough Questions

Note: Ask the Professor is intended for informational purposes only. It is not to be taken as healthcare advice. Please do not submit questions of a personal nature (e.g. fitness programs, nutrition advice solicitation, etc.) Thanks.

Q.) Do all academic exercise physiology programs have a laboratory?

A.) Although it's impossible to guess whether all exercise science programs have (or use) a learning laboratory, it is part of the traditional training of exercise physiologists. Additionally, familiarity and competency with various pieces of "lab" equipment are built in to ASEP's standards (  

As EPs we should take pride in our laboratory activities. A number of other health professions do not get the exposure we do. Use of prediction equations often are the extent of assessing kcal expenditure and needs, for example. That is, exposure to a metabolic cart doesn't always occur. First hand practice with underwater weighing or legitimate bioimpedance analysis or BodPod (air plethysmography) is probably more common to EP programs than to many others as well. Electrocardiography and blood pressure (sphygmomanometry) practice are also bigger parts of exercise physiology lab sessions than many other para-medical students realize. Even flexibility testing and strength testing equipment offer valuable experience regarding patient/ client assessments.

So take pride in your familiarity with lab equipment and those lab sessions that are common parts of your courses. Even if it's just a pair of skinfold calipers, a bike ergometer or treadmill, a sit-and-reach box, and a blood pressure cuff, it may just be offering you opportunities that are hard to get elsewhere.       


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