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December, 2005
 Vol. 9 No. 12


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ASEPs Opposition to CoAES

The American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) representing its membership and affiliate state associations strongly opposes the creation of the American College of Sports Medicines (ACSM) and Commission of the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). ASEP believes that CoAES is not in the best interests of Exercise Physiologists and does nothing to help unify the profession or to protect the public safety.

The main reasons for ASEPs opposition to CoAES are listed below:

1. The public does not need more sports medicine certifications along with the 400 other fitness certifications (some not requiring a college or university degree). Accreditation and certification lead to credibility only within the established context of a profession. Less is more when it comes to the quality of the certification. ASEP believes that the creation of CoAES will create a situation that continues to dilute the exercise field by further opening the exercise profession to other disciplines at the expense of the professional Exercise Physiologist.

2. ACSM is a multi-disciplinary sports medicine organization. The purpose of the organization is to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. The membership of ACSM is made up of individuals from many professions who come together because of their interest in exercise, science, and sports medicine. ACSM has 46 distinct membership categories under its membership umbrella. Furthermore, Exercise Physiologists comprise only about 2,100 members (11%) of the entire ACSM membership ( The question must be raised, how can a multidisciplinary organization accredit academic programs and attempt to regulate one small membership category within its vast, diverse organization? As a multi-disciplinary organization, ACSM cannot attend to the legal and legislative issues of any current or proposed profession. ACSM should not act to compromise the professions of its membership. Imagine the conflict created if ACSM or another multidisciplinary organization proposed a new allied health profession, physical medicine specialist, using the educational requirements, training, and scope of practice of the Physical Therapist, but allowed other professionals to enter this profession. Even further, currently there is a nursing shortage in the United States; why not develop a sport medicine nursing specialist profession to help minimize the effects of an insufficient number of trained nurses? By design, professions are exclusionary to assure quality through consistent educational, training, and certification standards.

3. ACSM is working with The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) to develop four tracks for the exercise professional: the bachelor prepared Exercise Specialist, both the clinical and practical Exercise Physiologist, and the Personal Trainer. They have focused their effort towards the clinical exercise physiologists. This in itself creates several issues. By focusing on the masters prepared exercise physiologist, they have devalued the significance in a bachelors degree. Meanwhile, many of our peers in healthcare require only a bachelors degree, or associates degree in the case of nursing. The ACSMs view is at the expense of well-prepared bachelors degreed exercise physiologists. After all, ASEP accredits undergraduate programs in exercise physiology. Additionally, by identifying the clinical role of exercise physiology as if it is separate from what exercise physiologists do, it tends to restrict the options of those in the field. Certainly the exercise physiologist is educated to work in the clinical realm, too. No other healthcare profession separates the clinical professionals from the rest of their field, so why would exercise physiologists?

There are nurses and physical therapists, not clinical nurses or clinical physical therapists. By creating separate tracks, not only is the confusion increased, but professional opportunities are restricted. Exercise physiologists should have as many choices (e.g., health, fitness, wellness, clinical, and athletics) as possible with the option to select a specialty that best suites their interest, skills, and desire.

4. ACSM has been in existence for 50 years, and according to their own website documenting their 40 most significant events (, they have done nothing to directly promote the profession of exercise physiology. ACSM is a great multi-disciplinary sports medicine organization. The leadership of ASEP has stated repeatedly that exercise physiologists should join ACSM since it is a good venue for research. But, for the profession to move forward, exercise physiologists must unite under an organization devoted exclusively to exercise physiologists.

5. ACSM does not have a history of protecting the rights and careers of exercise physiologists. For example, in 2004, ACSM did not oppose the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule changes regarding "incident to physician." The changes mandate that any "physical therapy" services provided incident to physician care be delivered by or under the direct supervision of a physical therapist.

This rule change has directly undermined exercise physiologists as healthcare providers. This is exactly why ASEP has rallied to fight for exercise physiologists across the country. The ASEP leadership worked with a dozen organizations to form the Coalition to Preserve Patient Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services. Presently, ASEP is working with the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and other organizations to support a coalition statement that opposes the CMS rule change. ACSM was not part of this coalition.

In 2004, SB360 was introduced in Indiana primarily to address direct access to physical therapy without a physician referral. But, there was a hidden provision that would have allowed physical therapists to provide fitness and wellness services to asymptomatic individuals in a non-medical setting without a physician referral. Since the fitness industry is unregulated, the bill essentially would have provided regulation by default. Upon passage of the provision, there is the concern that the American Physical Therapy Association would conclude that, by Indiana law, ONLY physical therapists could provide these services.

The Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists, with help from ASEP, opposed the bill. SB 360 was defeated, but not because of the hidden provision. ACSM did not oppose the bill. If ACSM would not support exercise physiologists in these two very important professional issues, do you really believe that ACSM is interested in supporting the professional development of exercise physiology?

Would the APTA allow NATA to intervene in the development of their profession? Absolutely not, as that would be disastrous for APTA. Do you believe Jon M. VonderHaar, President of the AKTA, would ask ASEP for assistance on accrediting AKTA programs? Would Eve Becker, Executive Director, of the NATA, ask ASEP for assistance with the regulation of athletic trainers? Again, the answer is no. This is why ASEP opposes CoAES, and why it is not in the best interests of the exercise physiology profession.

News: IAEP Hosts 7th Annual Meeting

On October 13, the Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists hosted their 7th Annual Meeting. This year's meeting focused on providing new ideas for Exercise Physiologists already working in the clinical setting. Also, for the first time, IAEP welcomed members from Ohio to the meeting. While the talks were excellent and the information provided was important, the highlight of this meeting was the networking opportunity it provided. Exercise physiologists from two states were able to share their struggles and opportunities that exist.

The meeting began with Matt Lehn, MBA, EPC, discussing the current struggle for profession development in the field of Exercise Physiology. As President of ASEP, Matt was able to share unique insight into the past, present and future of Exercise Physiology.  Willa Starks then shared an interesting and often overlooked topic of the cross-generational workplace. She focused on stereotypes and common workplace issue related to age diversity. The morning was concluded by Lonnie Lowery, PhD, discussing basic counseling skills for the practicing exercise physiologists. Lonnie's talk provided suggestions and tips for all exercise physiologists working with clients/patients.

The afternoon session highlighted other areas of practice the exercise physiologists are finding opportunities. Lindsey Hanna, MS, talked about cancer rehabilitation. Lindsey provided an overview of the overwhelming effect that exercise can have on cancer patients, and offer details regarding her cancer rehabilitation program. Andrea Bales, MS, discussed wellness programming, with a focus on the many dimensions of wellness. Andrea discussed the wellness continuum, and offered wellness tips for health care professionals. Laura York, RN, concluded the day with a talk on peripheral arterial disease exercise rehabilitation. Laura provided a basic understanding of PAD, including symptoms, diagnostic options and treatment options, as well as the benefits of an exercise rehab program on this population.

IAEP continues to have great success in maintaining a strong state organization. While their 7th meeting wasn't large, it provides exercise physiologists from across the state the important opportunity network, share, learn, and unite. IAEP continues to be a model for affiliated ASEP states. If you would like information on beginning a state organization or hosting a state meeting, contact Matt Lehn at

NOTE: The Ohio Association of Exercise Physiologists (OHAEP) would like to thank Mr. Lehn and the IAEP for the productive and motivating dual-state meeting.

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.) Can you please inform me as to whether or not there is a week set aside to honor exercise physiologists, and if so when are the dates?

Thank you,

A.)  Leslie, there is an Exercise Physiologist's Day - October 29th of each year - which is celebrated in multiple states.


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University of North Florida, Department of Public Health

The University of North Florida, Department of Public Health, is seeking applicants for a tenure-track, nine month Assistant Professor position #32276R in the Public Health program. Responsibilities include teaching, research and service. Required qualifications are: PhD in exercise physiology or a closely related field with formal training in a public
health discipline; OR a PhD in a Public Health discipline with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology or a closely related field; and a record of achievement in, or potential for, successful teaching and developing an extramurally funded research program.

Applicants must apply online at and must upload all required documents to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply on-line or do not upload all the required documentation will not be considered for this position. Only those candidates who are invited to an on-campus interview must mail official transcripts and 3
original letters of reference.

Application deadline date: January 16, 2006.

UNF is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.


Exercise Physiologist - Kosciusko Community Hospital

At Kosciusko Community Hospital our goal is to provide customer service that exceeds the expectations of patients, physicians and the community. If you are committed to the same expectations then we are currently seeking you as a new team member.

Exercise Physiologist:
KCH currently has an opening in its Wellness Center for An experienced Exercise Physiologist. The successful candidates will posses a Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology and three to six months experience preferably in a Hospital Cardiac Rehab program. ASEP certification is preferred.

KCH offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified candidate may submit a resume or application to:

Kosciusko Community Hospital
2101 East DuBois Drive
Warsaw, Indiana 46580 
574-372-7624 (fax)


Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility seeks a Director of Exercise Physiology interested in working in a leading rehabilitation center to play a vital role in the successful rehabilitation of our cardiac and general rehabilitation patients. Hands-on responsibilities include patient evaluations, exercise stress testing, risk factor management and exercise training. Working closely with our Cardiology, Immunology and Neurology Departments to perform complex cardiopulmonary stress testing, pulmonary stress testing, spirometry and bronchospasm evaluations, also opens the door to research and education endeavors which our institution finds important to remain in the forefront of rehabilitation services.

The successful candidate must have a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology or closely related field, strong analytical skills and a minimum of one year of clinical experience in a hospital or cardiac rehabilitation setting. BLS or ACLS certification is preferred.

Located on beautiful Roosevelt Island in New York City, the facility is easily accessible from the five boroughs by subway, bus or car and provides free parking. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package including an on-site health club. For immediate consideration, please send your resume to:

Human Resources Department
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
One Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Fax: (212) 318-4464
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F

Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology at Wright State University

The Department of Biological Sciences and the Exercise Biology Laboratory at Wright State University are now accepting applications for an Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology.  The successful candidate will assist in teaching biomechanics, exercise physiology, and/or clinical exercise physiology to undergraduates and M.S. students in the departments program in Exercise Biology. There are opportunities for research collaboration with faculty in the areas of organismal and cellular aspects of animal and neuromuscular physiology, both in Biological Sciences and in departments affiliated with Wright States School of Medicine.

Graduate programs include the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program, Biological Sciences M.S. program, and Microbiology and Immunology M.S. program. Resources in support of research include a Genomics Core Facility, a modern animal care facility, Brehm Analytical Laboratory, a greenhouse, and an on-campus Biology Preserve and neighboring wetlands. There are also opportunities for collaboration in the Dayton area with numerous research institutions including Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Successful candidates are expected to have a doctorate by start date and sufficient research experience to establish and maintain an independent, extramurally funded research program. Competitive start-up packages will be tailored to individual needs. WSU has 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and the department graduates approximately 150 students per year. Appointment at the Associate level will require meeting the criteria in the Department Bylaws. Send CV with statement of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three references to:

Search Committee
Department of Biological Sciences
Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435-0001

Electronic applications can be sent to Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

The Exercise Biology program web site may be visited at 

Wright State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


Yavapai Regional Medical Center

We currently have two Exercise Physiologist positions available in our Preventive Medicine department. Preventive Medicine is a high functioning team of professionals dedicated to reducing chronic disease or the progression of disease. The department provides cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, adult fitness, diabetes education, employee health and wellness services, and other community minded health related programs. Staff includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and a medical director all dedicated to providing high quality services in state of the art facilities.

You must have a Bachelor or Masters degree in exercise science and be certified ACSM-RCEP or ACSM-Exercise Specialist. A minimum of three years experience working as an exercise physiologist in the cardiac rehab setting is also required. Yavapai Regional Medical Center offers:

* Attractive Salaries
* Relocation allowance
* 5% Retirement match
* Benefits begin 1st of the month following start date
* Much more

For more information or to apply, please visit: or send your resume to:

Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Human Resources Department
1003 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301
Call toll-free:
(800) 976-9762
Fax: (928) 771-5755

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology,
Kinesiology & Health Promotion Department

Applications are invited for the position of Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology. Duties and Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology/laboratory and related areas in exercise science, participate in academic advisement, supervise masters theses and serve on thesis committees, engage in research/scholarship and grant writing, and represent the discipline through departmental, college, university, and community service. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in kinesiology or exercise science with an emphasis in exercise physiology (PhD required by July 1, 2006). Strong background in exercise physiology required. Additional preparation in exercise metabolism, muscle physiology, exercise biochemistry, and research methods/statistics desired. Evidence of research and grant writing desired. ACSM certification desired. Strong interpersonal and communication skills required. Date of Appointment: Appointment begins Fall 2006. To be considered for the position, submit (1) letter of application, (2) statement of teaching philosophy including teaching within a multicultural environment, (3) completed application form, (4) curriculum vitae, (5) official transcripts showing all graduate course work, (6) a minimum of three recent letters of reference, and (7) names and contact information for at least two additional references. Materials must be postmarked by October 15, 2005. If a candidate is ABD, registrars verification is required if the status is not indicated on the transcript. Inquiries may be directed to Ms. Charlene Saunders (, 909-869-2768, or FAX 909-869-4797). Please request an application form from and send application materials to:

The Search Committee
Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, California 91768

The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Attn: Kriss Stewart
5301 E. Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
(800) 526-5353 ext. 42290

Job Title: Exercise Physiologist

Tucson Medical Center is a strong and growing community hospital that takes pride in providing outstanding care with state-of-the-art technology and training. Our success has always relied on the quality of our staff. TMC has made a strong commitment to creating a work environment that is both professionally and financially rewarding for our employees.

Join a team that believes in you and can help you excel in your field. We offer generous salaries, tuition reimbursement, great benefits and more, all in a cosmopolitan city with an old town feel and more than 350 days of sunshine a year.

We are looking for an exceptional person to provide cardiac rehabilitation care to assigned patients. Duties include administering diagnostic testing procedures to determine extent of patient's impairment and prognosis for improvement; creating an individual treatment plan considering specific patient variables such as overall medical condition, stamina, motivation, etc.; and monitoring and progressing treatment level.

Minimum qualifications:
Bachelors degree. Two years related experience.

For more information or to apply online visit our website at

Equal Opportunity Employer

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