Vol 5 No 2
February, 2001
ISSN 1097-9743

The ASEPNewsletter is devoted to informative articles and news itmes about exercise physiology. It is a monthly magazine of news, opinions, exercise physiology professionals, and events that shape exercise physiology.  We welcome interested practitioners, researchers, and academicians to e-mail the Publisher their thoughts and ideas or respond directly online via the ASEP Public Forum.

March, 2001
ASEP Certification Sites and Dates
Guidelines for the Accreditation of Undergraduate Programs in Exercise Physiology
The "first-ever" ASEPNewsletter "October 1997 Revisited"
January issue: Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline
An Exercise Physiologist's “Contemporary” Interpretations Of The “Ugly and Creaking Edifices” Of the VO2 max Concept

Carbohydrate-Protein Drink Improves Time to Exhaustion after Recovery from Endurance Exercise

Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline
[The October issue is full of research articles.]

The months for JEPonline are now Feb, May, August, Nov.  The next issue is May 1.  There will be about 6-8 manuscripts for this issue.

Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonline

The Exercise Physiology Time Bomb: A Wake Up Call for Exercise Physiology Professors
Matthew G. Wattles, MS 
President of the Idaho Association of Exercise Physiologists 
Boise, ID  83709

Taking Responsibility for Professionalism

Professional Autonomy

Take a closer look at Matt's writings in Idaho.  Click here to visit the Idaho Association of Exericse Physiologists.

Hip and Pelvis Injuries in Runners
Exercise: A Prescription to Delay the Effects of Aging
Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health
Refresher Course for teaching Cardiovascular Physiology

Weightlessness and the Human Body
Journals with free full text papers available online

The Nature of Hope
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC
Professor and Chair
Director, Exercise Physiology Laboratories
Department of Exercise Physiology
College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, MN

Early this morning I parked my car on the snow and ice, gathered papers and books, and walked to my office.  Often when I sit down I take a quick look at the email.  Just possibly, I imagine, someone has emailed me an article on professionalism.  This time was no different.  Disappointed, I conjured up the idea that someone is writing an article right now.  It would be a matter of a few more days. 

It was all there, more papers on my desk, books everywhere, ASEP applications and checks mixed with research articles and the department budgets.  As I looked at more stuff on the floor, files on the top of books, still more papers on the computer monitor, and the photographs, art work, and diplomas on the walls, I experienced a moment when it all seemed too confusing and totally unmanagable.  I could have closed my eyes, taken a deep breath, and transported myself elsewhere.  Maybe, if I relaxed enough, I could stay in that dreamy and organized place.  How, after 34 years did I get myself in such a mess. 

I pushed back in the chair as if to reflect, but knowing full well that I had but a few minutes before my first class.  In seconds it occurred to me that I might be failing my students at the college.  I have been so busy doing organization and web stuff that a feeling of having overlooked some obvious opportunities to be helpful bothered me.  The feeling was inevitable and, to be absolutely truthful, it wasn't the first time.  But, how could a person know just how much time it takes to do what has to be done?  Even when I was told that it was impossible, does anyone really understand the forces and the struggles yet to be experienced?  No, when the cause is right, struggles and experiences take on a passion that transcend the simplicity of knowing.

With a deep breath and my back pressed fully in the chair, I turned to glance at the email list.  Again, no change.  Imagine looking at the computer day after day intrigued by possibility, yet disappointed by reality.  With a hopeful expectation for someone having the ability to see what others have failed to see, I looked harder at the screen.  Yes, as strange as it might sound, I looked even harder for fear of failing to see a new listing.  Surely, somewhere on the freeways, parkways, and study halls of America, there is another person interested in exercise physiology students and professionalism? 

It has dawned on me that my writings may simply be a twist of my mind only.  Could I be caught between hope and no reality, after creating a professional electronic journal and after writing for several years about professionalism, to discover (as my wife has said more than once) that I'm the only person reading the articles?  Is it possible that my wife is right and, if she is right, should I stop writing?  The question has crossed my mind for the obvious reasons.  Take the question, "What do you see when you look at PEPonline?"  Only 5% of the articles have been written by someone other than myself.  What do you see?  To some extent, PEPonline equals my thinking, my thoughts, and my efforts and, frankly, when I sat out to create the journal, I honestly believed that dozens of other exercise physiologists would contribute to it. 

Talk about a mistake!  Not only are academic exercise physiologists not interested in thinking or writing about professionalism, only a few exercise physiologists seem to have the passion for professionalism.  Frankly, I thought at least the ASEP members would submit material to motivate others, including themselves and to help with the professionalization of exercise physiology.  Hello, it hasn't happened.  Urging members to get the feeling and to gear their thinking towards professional issues hasn't helped either.  Some are locked in ivory towers, others work with corporate fitness and wellness, still others are members of cross-education as students of other departments, and inspite of their ability and experience do not submit to the journal.

The crux of the problem appears to be the growing gap between what we think we are and the reality of what we are, and our willingness to understand the difference.  However, we can't close the gap unless we take an inventory of the kind of world we've got and a vision of the kind of world we would like to have.  The kind of world we have is an impulse within us which urges us to do research.  While research is good, it isn't enough to convert a discipline to a profession.  This point should come as no surprise to anyone.  G.B. Shaw once said, "Some people see things as they are and ask why. Others dream of things that never were and ask why not?"  The art of asking why is imperative to understanding what we think we are or what we think we ought to be.  We improve upon asking "why not" by coming to terms with the kind of world we've got. 

To which, I looked again at the computer for an update on the email.  No change. The email list is exactly the same.  Sometimes it seems that if more colleagues would ask why can't exercise physiology be a profession, why can't we have our own professional credentials, and why can't we have our own professional organization, we would increase the probability of a successful transition to professional status.  It is clear to me that we need to get moving.  To quote Richard Borden, the President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, "The NSCA is poised to move forward on the issue of professionalism, and with careful thought, your input, and planning it can be done."  While NSCA is about strength and conditioning, it also about improving athletic performance and fitness.  With NSCA moving toward professionalism, (meaning: the identification of a body of knowledge, an established academic curriculum, State or Federal statutes to protect a designated title, professional membership criteria), exercise physiologists need to "stand up and get ready" for individuals other than physical therapists and nurses who will compete for the same jobs they have been academically prepared to do.

Movement towards professionalism is critical to surviving the job market in the 21st Century.  Everyone and, seemingly, every orther organization understand this point. This is "the" reason for the existence of ASEP, and I find myself guided by this belief more and more as I read and re-read the PEPonlinearticles.

After a final strong breath and at the very instant I reached for my lecture notes, I realized the feeling I was experiencing is the substance of faith.  None of us can come full circle with the unknown until it has been tried.  We must try and try again, and continue trying no matter how long it takes.  As Marcus Bach put it, "It is up to the doer to take the first courageous step and start the experiment."  As I look back over the past three years, there have been several doers who have guided important aspects of ASEP.  Take the matter of certification, accreditation, three annual meetings, and the other very important administrative details.  Each and every contribution resulted from the feeling that it isn't possible to feel so strongly about ASEP and not have it happen.  This may be the heart of it, which reminds me of the following quote: 

"It is not uniformity we need, but understanding, not tolerance, but insight, not points of view, but points of connection, not appraisal, but emphathy, the ability to feel the commonly unfelt, and when we begin to practice this virtue we instantly widen our world." -- Marcus Bach 
To my surprise a student met me at the door of the lecture room to say that he had written an article for PEPonline.  I took him literally.  I always do.  Leaning over to make sure I heard him correctly, I asked what?  He said,  "I've written an article, and I would like it to be reviewed for publication."  I stood there intently, trying to register what he had said.  Again, he said  "Please, will you look at the article?"  I said, yes.  Sure.  Where is it?  He said,  "I'm just about finished with it.  I will have it in your hands in a couple weeks."  A couple of weeks, I thought.  I have learned that "a few weeks" generally means that it will not come to fruition.  Others have said the same,  including a few from my email list, but it does give me hope. 

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