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American Society of Exercise Physiologists
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Vol 8 No 1 January 2004
ISSN 1097-9743
Editors: Dr. Lonnie Lowery and Dr. Tommy Boone
News Worthy Topics...

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
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Professionalization Article About Hope, Dreams, and Faith
Exercise Physiology, Dreams, and Mustard Seeds -- A Personal 2004 Reflection

The Minnesota Licensure Effort - 2004
A Legislative Proposal Presented by the Minnesota Association of Exercise Physiologists and the National Board of Licensure for Exercise Physiologists:
Matt Wattles, Chair, Idaho 
Tommy Boone, Minnesota 
Clinton Brawner, Michigan 
Jeffrey Janot, South Dakota
Steve Jungbauer, Indiana 
Matt Lehn, Indiana
Ron Mendell, Ohio
Rob Robergs, New Mexico 
Aliisa Seppala, Nebraska 
Jason Young, Wisconsin

Vol 7 No 1  January 2004 - PEPonline
Change is Possible:  Ask the ASEP President – Steve Jungbauer 

Professionalization Articles
A collection of "articles" for exercise physiologists can found in the January 2004 PEPonline journal, click here.

“If you refuse to accept anything less than a credible professional organization of exercise physiologists, you can expect to get it.”  -- William T. Boone 

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Steve Jungbauer, ASEP President...
Over the past several decades, the unregulated use of the Exercise Physiologist’s Scope of Practice has encouraged the proliferation of worthless credentialing for economic gain. These credentials, most without academic preparation, place the public at great risk when seeking fitness advice and exercise training from ill prepared “exercise specialists and fitness professionals” who hold themselves out to be Exercise Physiologists. The Minnesota Association of Exercise Physiologists supported by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists is committed to quality improvements in the practice of Exercise Physiology. 

Exercise Physiologists should be licensed because it regulates what services the professional provides and the standard of treatment the public will receive from the professional. To meet this end, practicing Exercise Physiologists across the country have cooperated and diligently worked to prepare for regulation through licensure.

The scope of practice of the Exercise Physiology is distinguishable from other licensed and unlicensed professions and requires a high degree of skill, knowledge, and training. The Exercise Physiologist practices independently and is required to demonstrate sound professional judge and responsibility. The public requires assurances through regulation and licensure of initial professional skills and continuing competence of the exercise physiologist. 

The rise in injury and litigation demonstrates that the unregulated practice of Exercise Physiology will harm or endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The economic impact of regulating Exercise Physiologists through licensure is justified because the cost to the public is very low and there are no adequate alternatives to regulation that will protect the public.

Regulation through licensure would serve as the single most substantial step to protect public safety in a multi-billion dollar industry plagued by a rapid increase in litigation. Legislation mandating regulation through professional licensure of the Exercise Physiologist will provide for the safety of the public. 


Exercise Physiology, Dreams, and Mustard Seeds -- A Personal 2004 Reflection
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, MA, FASEP, EPC
Professor and Chair
Director, Exercise Physiology Laboratories
The College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, MN 55811
 “…if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
Okay, what does this verse from the Bible have to do with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists?  I think that it has everything to do with our professional society, our professionalism, and our future.  Almost everyday I’m asked, “Why isn’t ASEP a larger organization?”  Or, “Why aren’t more professors supporting ASEP?”  Not wanting to offend anyone, I usually respond with a brief answer:  “The size of ASEP is directly related to how long it has been in existence. If you believe it should be as big as an organization that has been around for 50 years, then check back in 50 years!  Regarding the second question, it takes time for people, including professors, to support new ideas and believe that change is possible.”  And, almost without thinking, I close the email with: “Have faith. Believe in your dreams.  In time, ASEP will be everything you think it should be.  Nothing is impossible if you have faith and give your very best effort.” 

In other words, I believe that our destiny as healthcare professionals is defined by our dreams.  It all starts with our thinking as exercise physiology professionals.  And, unless we assume our right to independence under our own professional vision and goals, we will remain defined by our past.  The idea of continuing as we have done for decades is meaningless.  The purpose of exercise physiology, what it has to offer to the public, and what it is yet to become is far greater than its relationship with sports medicine.  Hence, if you want to know something about exercise physiology, its meaning and purpose in society, you must begin with ASEP.  Even if you are struggling with which organization should I belong, why not join the collective struggle of others who have found their purpose in ASEP.  ASEP offers hope, imagination, and purpose for all exercise physiologists; it was created by exercise physiologists for exercise physiologists. 

William J. Bryan said, “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”  Sometimes when I think about ASEP, I feel the members’ frustration is linked to their “matter of chance” way of thinking.  Instead, the search for our identity, as healthcare professionals, begins as a “matter of choice”.  What do we want to become?  What are our goals and objectives?  What are our dreams?  Here, the choosing what we want for our future is revealed in focusing on all exercise physiologists.  Focusing just on those who are in the position to write grants, engage in research, and attend professional meetings paid for by non-personal sources will never reveal our life’s purpose. 

Every other path has led to a dead end road.  Physical education is not exercise physiology.  Exercise science is not exercise physiology.  Sports medicine is not exercise physiology.  We must begin with ourselves, who we are, and why we exist if a professional life is to make sense.  It is only within ourselves that we will discover our meaning, our purpose, and our value within the healthcare community.  We must dream the impossible, put our minds to it, and knock on every door possible to make the dream the ASEP reality for all exercise physiologists.  That’s why I’ve written this article.  I want to make sure we don’t lose sight of our dreams. 

“Jesus could have said, if you have a dream the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”  -- Reverend Ralph W. Beiting [1]
ASEP has come a long way since it’s founding in 1997.  It still has a long way to go before the leadership can say that every exercise physiologist has the opportunity to reach his or her full God-given potential and look at the world at graduation with promise.  My dream is that ASEP will continue to provide the dreams that break down despair.  That ASEP will continue to provide the hope that gives life to energy and determination and will, therefore, foster the development of a whole new force for “choice and growth”.  The possibilities for this dream are limited only by our faith.  Nothing is impossible if we dream, even if it’s the size of a mustard seed.  Why not develop the habit of writing down exactly what you want exercise physiology to be?  This step should be personal (involving you), practical (something you can do), and professional (with a deadline to get involved with ASEP).  Every application will involve either your relationship with exercise physiology, your relationship to other exercise physiologists, or your personal dream for serving the healthcare needs of the public. 

What is the driving force in your life?  That is, what guides or controls your thinking about exercise physiology?  Right now you may be control by memories of what exercise physiology was a decade ago.  I’m convinced that hanging on to those memories will keep you from connecting with ASEP.  Without ASEP and a purpose for exercise physiology, your research efforts will grow tiresome.  There is the possibility that ASEP member, in his or her zeal to capture your attention, may have offended you.  If so, the past is past!  Perhaps, it is fear that is holding you back from joining ASEP.  Maybe, a colleague has said that membership in ASEP will not be looked upon favorably during the promotion or tenure process.  I believe this describes some of the fear that continues to hold some academic exercise physiologists back.  If so, status quo is not the answer?  Fear-driven thinking is always a guide to missed opportunities [2]. 

We are not just products of our directed thinking, but are products of missed directed thinking.  By this I mean that some sports medicine exercise physiologists are defined by their missed directed desire to fulfill their goals or seek approval outside of their own professional organization.  They believe that they will be happier and more secure in some other organization than in the society of exercise physiologists.  This kind of thinking can’t be true.  Eventually, even if they rise to the top with Fellowship and a host of rewards, they will learn that professionalism in another organization is not the same professionalism within exercise physiology.  It is a myth that being congratulated for a job well done by physical therapists or medical doctors is not the same as support and recognition from within your own organization.  It just isn’t the same, regardless of its assumed value and, unfortunately, some usually get lost in thinking otherwise.

If you are subject to feeling confused about which organization to join, if you have had feelings of hopelessness in finding a job and respect in exercise physiology, and if you want a purpose and a foundation on which to evolve as a professional healthcare practitioner, then you can find trust within ASEP.   Don’t live your life carelessly by joining just any organization.  Make sure you understand what the organization is about, particularly the degree to which it is focused to carry out its vision.  Think about what it means to focus your energy on just exercise physiology or to concentrate on all your energy on just one organization.  You can’t do everything.  You can’t be everything to everybody.  Such an effort only dilutes your impact and influence.  Forget what exercise physiology was and look forward to what exercise physiology is becoming!

With purpose comes passion.  Being part of ASEP can then become a true joy since you become part of the total force for change.  What you do today and what we do collectively as members of ASEP will help make the Society of Exercise Physiologist last forever.  What on earth could be more exciting?  Only after you completely comprehend that your contribution helps the circumstances of other exercise physiologists does it become clear that postponing membership only slows the steps for professional changes and new career opportunities.  You could indulge yourself in further self-centeredness, but why?  Every act of our lives can have purpose that we know nothing about if we choose to stay the same.  Yet, if we were to begin with a new step, break from traditional thinking, and stop the shallow thinking that we aren’t special, we could see beyond today, next year, or ten years from now.  Measure what is possible against staying the same raises the question, “Why would anyone want to keep looking backwards?”

I suppose the answer is found in how you choose to define your life.  If you think exercise physiology as jumping higher, running faster, and getting stronger, then you would probably belong to some kind of a strength development or activity organization.  If you see exercise physiology as personal training, you will value an organization of personal trainers.  If you see exercise physiology as a healthcare profession, you will value ASEP.  What is your view of exercise physiology?  I suppose that is the question before the 21st century exercise physiologist.  If so, have you considered what influences have shaped your thinking?  Are the influences correct or appropriate to realize your personal goals?  Answers to this question would likely help you to find the right path and foundation for a focused professional life.  Think about it.  Even the smallest incident as a student or, perhaps, during the first months of a job after graduation, or even years later, something made a significant impact on you.  What was it? 

What can you learn from your past experiences?  It seems to me that past experiences are important, and that we are stewards of whatever profession we find ourselves.  This concept of stewardship begins with the recognition that each of us is responsible for his or her part.  This is true regardless of the challenges, failures, and accomplishments that associate with living life.  What is obvious is that success beings with trying.  Failing to try is already a failure [3].  All coaches, parents, and teachers understand this point all too well.  So, why is it so difficult for the professors of exercise physiology to understand this particular point?  It seems to me that by refusing to face up to the risks of staying the same, the professors have already failed their students and the profession.  The central concern here is that change requires risks, and that is problem for some people.

Now is the time to come together and acknowledge that the exercise physiologist is an important member of the healthcare community [4].  Now is the time to “get involved”.  Why not wake up to a new day with, “I am doing it today” or the imperative “Do it today.”  Rather than waiting or hearing all kinds of excuses or reasons not to change or not to dream of something different, look for ways to embrace change and to ensure that change is the ASEP reality.  Imagine the power in this kind of thinking.  You can do it.  Set goals, and you will move towards the ASEP dream and the kind of thinking that is deliberately aligned with behaviors of other professionals.  Remember, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to others, “Move from where you are to ASEP” and it will be so.  Nothing is impossible.  This, I believe, is true for exercise physiology.  We can reach our dream, and we can go even further, defying our past and soaring well beyond what we previously considered possible.  The reward is finding out who we are and what we collectively believe.  Bon voyage.

1. Beiting R.W. (1992).  Dreams of Faith. Lancaster, KY: Christian Appalachian Project.
2. Warren, R. (2002). The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
3. Christian, K.W. (2002). Your Own Worst Enemy.  New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
4. Boone, T. (2001). Professional Development of Exercise Physiology.  Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.


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