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  February, 2006 Vol. 10 No. 2

 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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Licensure Update!
(Mass. goes for licensure)
Wattles, M.
High Intensity Sprint Training Reduces Lipid Peroxidation In Fast-Twitch Skeletal Muscle. (5th on page)
Cunningham, P., et al. 
The Revolution in Exercise Physiology
Boone, T.

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"Licensure Update"
Matt Wattles, MS, Past President, ASEP

The discussion of licensure has been a HOT topic among EPs for the past five years and once again licensure is at the forefront of much discussion. On November 2nd, 2005 the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists (MACEP) introduced House Bill # 3950 which would license exercise physiologists in the state of Massachusetts. You can read the full bill from the Massachusetts Legislative website at:

The next step in the legislative process is for the committee to vote in executive session whether they support the bill or not. This is expected to occur sometime in the next few months.

From what I have read, the bill appears to be similar to Louisianas Exercise Physiology Licensure. MACEP has written the bill to include the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as part of licensure requirements and it appears that ACSM has even written a letter of support of this bill. The bill will require the Clinical Exercise Physiologist to have A Masters Degree in exercise sciences, a minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience and a passing score on a 4-hour written National Registry Examination (Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist) administered by the ACSM.
Currently, Louisiana is the only state to license exercise physiologists, but this bill was poorly written, and the EPs have had very little benefit of licensure. Other states that have attempted EP licensure includes; West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, and Massachusetts. There are several issues that I believe have kept these organizations from being successful. First, in each case, the groups of EPs are not working on building a profession before attempting licensure. They are simply trying to get licensed. As in the case of Louisiana, when licensure is successful, it does not mean that it will be good or beneficial to anyone. Secondly, these groups did not affiliate with a national governing body exclusive to their profession. Finally, these groups have obviously researched other successful health care professions licensure efforts. If they did, they would see that other health care practitioners spent a great deal of time developing their profession before attempting licensure. They would also see the benefit in uniting behind a national exclusive organization to gain support in their cause.

Will the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists be successful in this endeavor? Only time will tell. I personally do not think it is a good idea to utilize the services of a multi disciplinary organization such as ACSM when trying to attempting to seek licensure. It may appear to some to be a conflict of interest. Within the American College of Sports Medicine exercise physiologists make up just one (1) of its forty-six (46) occupational membership categories and only 11% of its entire membership are EPs. ACSM members include Applied Physiologists, Biomechanists, Physicians, Registered Nurses, and Physical Therapists. Speaking of physical therapists, The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) was in Massachusetts on November 2nd, 2005 to oppose this bill on the day it was introduced. Some of their points of objection were:

  1. Clinical Exercise Physiology is an emerging field, and has not yet reached a level of professionalization that requires licensure.

  2. Clinical Exercise Physiology has no clearly defined national standards nor does it have accredited programs.

  3. There is no evidence of public harm from exercise, so CEPs are not needed in health care.

  4. Licensure of CEPs will create fragmentation of services and confusion for the public.

  5. The costs of licensure will be great, and the costs of CEP services will divert money away from other health care services.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Exercise physiologists will not be successful until they unite and support each other and allow EPs to make their own decisions.

"Those who forget their past are destined to repeat it." --Robert A. Heinlein

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 an exercise physiology or exercise science student (or graduate) practice sports nutrition (i.e. start his own business)?

A.)  This is a difficult question that depends partly on where one lives and how her/ his state handles nutrition licensure. The issue is also clouded by overlapping scopes of practice between exercise physiology and dietetics (among other professions). The responsible answer, that is also legally monitored in most states, would be "no", an exercise science person per se should not practice nutrition with patients and clients. That is, unless the student or graduate is also a registered dietitian (RD), holding state licensure in nutrition/ dietetics.  

You see, unlike exercise-related professions, nutrition has a largely unified "voice" from an exclusive national organization, to lobbyists, to spokespersons, to political activists. Its  practice and profession outside of academic research is well established. [Ed. Note: Also see "Licensure Update" by Matt Wattles in this issue.] This leads to governmental enforcement and even misdemeanor charges against unlicensed professionals who attempt prescriptive nutrition planning, assessments, etc. in states with licensure. Interestingly, most states recognize the risk of public harm from unqualified nutrition advice, even as they fail to formally recognize potential harm from unqualified exercise advice. Can you think of any examples of exercise-related harm to the public? Many exercise physiologists surely can!

Some states do allow for nutrition advice from non-licensed, non-RD's and these states and provinces have become the residence of a number of exercise science graduates who opt to enter nutrition as a profession. Whether this is professionally responsible is related to whether the person has been trained in core competencies in her/ his coursework and internship experiences and is an ongoing debate.   


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Professional Trainer Position:

LifeStyle Management, located in Minneapolis, MN, has a full-time position available for an experienced and degreed professional in exercise physiology and/or athletic training. This position would require travel to alternate LifeStyle managed sites. LifeStyle Management is a progressive medically based company with multiple private/corporate sites. Excellent technical, customer service, organizational, and computer skills are a must. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience in personal training and a certification by ASEP, ACSM, NSCA, NATA, or NASM. This position offers potential for
advancement based upon performance. Interested professionals should contact Patrick Ayres at 612-332-2292 x440 for more information or forward resume to 


Come discover why Forsyth Medical Center has been recognized for making the life/work balance easier for its employees. Our location of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, offers a unique blend of history, culture, and outdoor beauty. We are seeking an EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST to join our Preventative Cardiology Department.

The selected candidate will be responsible developing and implementing exercise prescriptions under the direction of the Medical Director. Duties include providing instructional assistance in accordance with proper exercise techniques, the individual exercise prescription, and the medical diagnosis.

Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology required; Masters preferred. Must have experience with exercise training programs, preferably in cardiac rehabilitation.

Forsyth Medical Center offers competitive salaries and benefits. Interested candidates, please contact Eunice Barrineau at Toll Free: 1-800-777-1876 or Email: You may also apply online at We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing diversity in the workplace.

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.

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