I am the NEW
editor of the ASEPNewsletter.
This monthly newsletter is designed to update the members of the ASEP organization
and the general public on the current events regarding ASEP. The
newsletter will contain actions recently taken by the Board of Directors
as well as any recent information, decisions, and future goals of ASEP.
There will be featured updates from the chairpersons of the leading
ASEP committees, news briefs regarding the recent advances in the professional
development of exercise physiology and guest editorials. If you would
like to contribute to this newsletter or if you are just looking for general
information regarding ASEP, feel free to contact me at the following e-mail
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issue, there are two important documents:
the President of ASEP submitted the ASEP
2002 Board Meeting Update. It is not only highly
informative, but clearly highlights the continued development of the ASEP
organization on behalf of all exercise physiologists. Second,
Mendel and his colleagues have completed work on the Ohio
Association of Exercise Physiologists (OHAEP) website. Congratulations!
2002 Board Meeting Update
Richard B. Kreider, PhD, EPC, FACSM, FASEP
President, American Society of Exercise Physiologists
Professor and Chair
Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory
Center for Exercise, Nutrition and Preventive Health
Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation
The ASEP Board of Directors (BOD)
met at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on July 11, 2002. The meeting
was held in conjunction with the 25th National Strength & Conditioning
Association (NSCA) annual meeting. The purpose of the
meeting was to discuss the current status of ASEP and to make plans for
the future. The following overviews highlights from the ASEP BOD
meeting. As you will see, we have made significant progress in the
professionalization of exercise physiology. However, much more work
needs to be done. To do so, we need your help! ASEP will only
be as strong as our members are involved in moving the profession forward.
We hope that sharing this information with you will re-energize your efforts
in supporting ASEP through membership and professional engagement.
Moving ASEP Forward
Membership Drive and Renewal
Dr. Tommy Boone provided an overview of ASEP membership. Apparently,
the number of paid members in ASEP has leveled off over the last two years.
It seems that although over 500 individuals have joined ASEP at various
times in the last few years, a number of members have failed to renew their
membership. The BOD felt that this was due to several factors including
difficulty in the process of renewing memberships and a need to provide
additional benefits to members. In order to expedite membership
applications and renewals, ASEP will be initiating an online credit card
method of payment. If you, your colleagues, and/or your students
have yet to renew your membership, please do so at your earliest convenience.
ASEP is not a very large organization. Therefore, it is highly dependent
on membership revenue to fund the services it offers. Additionally,
as you renew your membership,
please work to recruit new members. ASEP has made great progress
in professionalizing exercise physiology. However, ASEP needs continual
growth if it is to make the impact that is needed in our profession.
ASEP and Other Organizations
At the beginning of the meeting, there was a frank discussion about
the perceived image of ASEP among non-members who belong to other exercise
science/sports medicine organizations. Several BOD members felt that
some of the passionate articles written about the need to professionalize
exercise physiology through ASEP may have been misinterpreted to mean that
ASEP is somehow at odds against other organizations. Let me
be clear. There are a number of excellent organizations that exercise
physiologistsí belong (e.g., ACSM, NSCA, AACVPR, NATA, APTA, AKTA, etc).
ASEP supports its membershipís involvement in these organizations.
In fact, a number of ASEP members have or currently serve in leadership
positions in these organizations. ASEP welcomes members from various
professional associations who are interested in the professionalization
of exercise physiology through academic accreditation, Board Certification,
and licensure to become active members of ASEP. In addition, ASEP
welcomes developing professional affiliations with other organizations
so that we can work together to meet the needs of exercise physiologists.
We will only be successful as a profession if we work together.
Increasing Membership Interest and Involvement
A dynamic professional organization is one in which members take an
active role in moving the organization forward. If ASEP is to move
forward, we need more members to take an active role in ASEP.
There are plenty of opportunities for ASEP members to participate.
For example, you can help ASEP move forward by recruiting new members,
organizing a student and/or state ASEP chapter, volunteering to serve on
various committees, and contributing articles to JEP and PEP Online.
In order to facilitate membership interest, Dr. Lonnie Lowery recently
launched the ASEP E-newsletter. ASEP members and individualís who
sign up for the the E-newsletter receive monthly updates about ASEP activities.
If you havenít received your copy through e-mail, please sign up for the
E-newsletter. There was also discussion about developing a
ďmembers onlyĒ area on the ASEP web page in order to provide access to
membership directories, certification resources, journal .pdf files, etc.
Several members of the BOD felt that since most ASEP materials are free,
additional incentives needed to be provided in order encourage individuals
to join ASEP and maintain their membership. The BOD will be working
to provide additional benefits for ASEP members. In the meantime,
remember that professional engagement is needed to develop and move a profession
forward. Membership in ASEP is an important part of securing a future
profession for exercise physiologists.
A Call to Faculty
There was significant discussion about what it will take to move the
exercise physiology profession forward. It was acknowledged that
most students join professional organizations with encouragement of their
faculty mentors. Almost 100 ASEP members serve as faculty members
at various institutions. The BOD calls on faculty members all over
the country to encourage their students and colleagues to join ASEP, develop
student chapters, and to participate in efforts to professionalize exercise
physiology through seeking academic accreditation and offering board certification
exams through ASEP. Although we understand than many older exercise
physiology faculty are set in their ways, it is time that younger who understand
the importance in professionalizing exercise physiology step up to move
our profession forward.
Overall, the financial status of ASEP is sound. However, additional
work needs to be done to secure a stable financial future in the years
to come. The primary source of ASEP funding comes from memberships
and revenues generated from the annual meeting. ASEP will be posting
a summary for members which describes how ASEP revenues are spent for various
ASEP services. Since the next annual meeting will be held in February
2003 (see information below), there was some concern that expenses may
exceed revenues in 2002 for the first time in ASEPís history. For
this reason, the BOD authorized additional efforts to encourage existing
members to renew their membership, a marketing plan to solicit additional
members, and pursuit of external sponsorships to support ASEPís national
meeting and research awards. It is our goal to keep ASEP on sound
financial footing for many years to come.
After careful deliberation, the BOD decided to host the next national
meeting in Las Vegas, NV in February of 2003. The BOD felt that hosting
the national meeting in Las Vegas would serve to increase interest and
participation in the ASEP national meeting. In addition, the consensus
from the BOD was that Las Vegas was a more affordable (and warmer) location
to host the meeting than other cities under consideration. Dr. Rob
Robergs has been charged with finding a suitable location and date.
As soon as the hotel location is finalized, we will provide additional
information. Plan your schedules to attend the ASEP national meeting
in Las Vegas next February!
Accreditation of academic programs is essential to professionalize
exercise physiology. Over the last few months, Wright State University,
the University of New Mexico, and Slippery Rock University received academic
accreditation for their exercise physiology programs by ASEP.
Marquette University is currently under review and a number of other universities
are in the process of applying for academic accreditation of their programs.
The realization of accredited academic programs in exercise physiology
is a very exciting part of ASEPís mission and an important hallmark in
the history of exercise physiology. I would like to personally thank
members of the Board of Accreditation who have developed accreditation
guidelines, reviewed application materials, and conducted site visits at
these institutions. If your program isnít accredited, its time to
tell your colleagues, faculty mentorís, and administratorís that accreditation
in exercise physiology is now a reality. I encourage you to make
sure you teach and/or obtain a degree from an ASEP accredited academic
program in exercise physiology. For more information, click the link
There are currently 67
Board Certified Exercise Physiologists (EPC) in the United States.
The BOD discussed ways to increase the number of sites offering and interest
in the EPC exam. One recommendation was for the Board of Certification
to consider developing a video segment for part II of the examination.
The rationale was that this may allow for a standard assessment of
knowledge about practical skills in exercise physiology, increase the number
of candidates who sit for the EPC exam, and, allow for more sites to offer
the examination. The Board of Certification will be investigating
and test piloting the practicality of administering an exam in this format.
In addition, the BOD discussed the possibility of waiving the practical
component of the EPC exam for students who graduate from an ASEP accredited
academic program. The BOD also approved offering an EPC workshop
and exam in Italy next fall in collaboration with the Federation of Italian
Fitness. This will serve as the first international offering of ASEPís
Dr. Rob Robergs provided a report on the number of submissions and
acceptance rate for the Journal
of Exercise Physiologyonline. The
journal has consistently grown over the last few years with over 30 articles
published in 2001. ASEP has been approached by a publisher
to develop a printed version of JEPonline.
The BOD approved moving forward on discussions about doing so as long as
the electronic nature of the journal is maintained. Dr. Robergs also
discussed the very difficult process for becoming indexed on Medline.
This has been a lengthy process for a number of journals. There are
evidently a limited number of journals that Medline will index so most
are not accepted following the first submission. Unaccepted applications
must observe a probation period prior to resubmission and there is a limit
to the number of times a journal can be considered. Therefore, the
consensus from the BOD was that ASEP needed to move slowly in order to
develop a strong case for inclusion in Medline prior to making an application.
In the meantime, the BOD did encourage seeking inclusion of JEPonline
in several alternative indexing services. Additionally, the BOD recommended
development of a search device so that articles published in JEPonline
could be searched for key words. While JEPonline
is moving forward at an impressive pace, there was concern that Professionalization
in Exercise Physiologyonline (PEPonline)
has not experienced as much growth in recent years. PEPonline
is a very important journal focusing on professional issues for exercise
physiologists. The BOD encourages ASEP members to consider submitting
papers to PEPonline.
The BOD discussed the success of the National Summit on Licensure held
in Indianapolis, IN last March. In addition, the BOD discussed a
licensure template developed by ASEP chapters in Minnesota and Ohio that
is currently under review. The goal in developing this template is
to provide a uniform licensure bill that can be submitted in various states
so that exercise physiologists would receive reciprocal licensure.
In order to move licensure forward, each state must develop an exercise
physiology association affiliated with a national organization completely
dedicated to exercise physiology. For this reason, the BOD encourages
members of ASEP to organize and develop state exercise physiology associations
affiliated with ASEP. So far, eight states have developed associations
and a number of states are in progress of organizing associations.
For more information about setting up a state association, see the ASEP
State Chapter Manual.
Research and Resources
Dr. Ziegenfuss was unable to attend the BOD meeting due to a prior
engagement. However, he passed along information to the BOD regarding
research committee efforts. The BOD approved moving forward on discussion
with several potential sponsors of the national meeting and research awards.
The goal is to obtain support to invite a number of quality speakers to
the national meeting as well as submission of quality research. In addition,
the BOD encourages development of an ASEP foundation so that individuals
can contribute to ASEP.
International Affairs and Professional Affiliations
Dr. Robergs provided a brief report regarding the progress of establishing
international affiliations with various professional organizations.
The BOD encouraged moving forward on establishing professional affiliations
with interested organizations. In addition, the BOD discussed drafts
of affiliation documents developed to formalize various collaborations.
The BOD felt that if ASEP is to move forward, it should work to collaborate
and affiliate with like-minded professional groups.
Organizational Structure and Responsibilities
The BOD discussed evaluating and revising the ASEP organizational structure
and responsibilities to accommodate the growth ASEP has observed over recent
years. In addition, the BOD discussed developing separate organizations
to oversee administration of the Board of Certification and the Board of
Accreditation programs. Although the BOD recognized that these changes
make time, it approved investigating moving forward in these areas.
Summary and Membership Challenge
The BOD meeting was an important step in the history of ASEP.
It served to encourage those involved through reflection of the many accomplishments
of ASEP. It also served to challenge us to do more to move our profession
forward. It is clear that ASEP has grown in scope and professional
impact. Itís time that each ASEP member takes an active role in supporting
the growth and development of an exercise physiology profession.
As President of ASEP, I ask that you to renew your dedication to ASEP and
participate in a meaningful way in one or more of its activities.
ASEP has laid the foundation so that we can build a better future for exercise
physiology. Now it is up to us to make it happen. We can make
a difference through ASEP if we work together to realize our vision.
The 7th state affiliation with ASEP
has finally been created! Ohio has taken its place among the pioneers
who have committed themselves to promoting the profession of exercise physiology.
Drs. Ron Mendel, Lonnie Lowery, and Tim Ziegenfuss founded the Ohio
Association of Exercise Physiologists to:
1. Unite all exercise physiologists
in Ohio, and
2. Help promote certification for
OHAEP will help gain credibility
for exercise physiologists at all levels and, therefore, help to ensure
new and increased career opportunities throughout the state of Ohio.
The association is looking for dedicated and motivated individuals
to assist in all facets of the development of the profession.
Visit OHAEP at http://www.OHAEP.org
for more information.