| Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery
A Call to Intercede
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC Member, Board of
As I think about the end of one year and
the beginning of another, my sense is that more exercise physiologists
are beginning to understand why the founding of the American Society of
Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) is so important. And, yet to my
amazement, I still wake up in the middle of the night with my heart
pounding. Out of nowhere Im asking myself, What else can we do?
Surprisingly, even after seven years, there are new lessons that must
be applied in the ongoing professional development of exercise
physiology. For example, one important lesson is The Call to Intercede.
That is, we need to do something on behalf of another person or others
to help all of us.
No one had any idea the magnitude of the
work that would be required to intercede on behalf of other exercise
physiologists. Clearly, being a visionary is a relatively easy
undertaking. The difficulty is dealing with the opinions that often
conflict with the intercessors sense of destiny. My bias leads me to
believe traditional thinking is our biggest hindrance to change. The
spirit of unity among exercise physiologists needs serious cultivation.
Most still hang on to the sports medicine way of thinking, which
disregards the role of ASEP. Others are leery of any new organization
or additional solutions. Still others are not interested much in
professional issues that arent influencing them.
Yet now is a critical time in the history
of exercise physiology. I believe that we must continue to recognize
the battlefield before us. No one can deny the stronghold of the 20th
century thinking. It is easy to see how these past several decades
continue to color the ASEP innovation. Now is the time to come to
together into a useful and functioning whole. This simple, but
important fact is something we need to learn. Everyone should know by
now that the ASEP organization has interceded on behalf of all
exercise physiologists. The ASEP vision is an informed, analytical,
and compassionate decision to clarify what is exercise physiology and
who is an exercise physiologist?
If you are called to intercede and have
knowledge of the ASEP organization, why not help others understand that
you are interceding on behalf of the future of exercise physiology? Why
not find the right time to talk with a colleague about ASEP and its
initiatives? Why not give the colleague feedback on a regular basis as
to why ASEP is important to our professional development? Why not
discuss the credibility and the professionalism of an exercise
physiologist who is a member of ASEP? Why not hold a meeting to
encourage an understanding of the ASEP-21st century view of the
advancement of exercise physiology? After all, the secret to the
success of ASEP may well be the call to intercede in order to help
colleagues feel that they belong, that they are credible, and that they
Ask the Professor
Q.) What happens if
one is lifting weights but not getting enough protein to make muscle
A.) If this scenario
were to occur, then muscle growth would indeed be limited.
Additionally, depending on the frequency, intensity and duration of
strength training, an overtraining-like response could occur with
increased chronic fatigue and potential for injury. [Protein is of
course, necessary for tissue growth and repair as well as hormonal
synthesis and immune function, all of which undergo increased demand
while resistance training.] However, a lack of adequate protein
intake in developed countries is somewhat rare, whereas a lack of
an adequate overall diet IS NOT. This includes failure to consume
enough nutrient-dense foods, especially those containing complex
carbohydrates and even healthy fat choices such as olive oil, canola
oil and even cold water fatty fish like salmon. This adequate energy
(kcal) supply is especially true for the young athlete (e.g., high
school and even college). Any physical training not only requires
protein for repairing and building lean muscle, but also requires carbohydrate
to provide the energy to assemble that protein into muscle tissue
and to sustain the training - and allow for all important training
recovery on a regular basis. A lack of adequate carbohydrate intake [especially
post-exercise -Ed.] results in fatigue over time and eventually
"flatter" glycogen depleted, protein-losing muscles. Prolonged fatigue
limits one's ability to train and perform. Fatigue can also be a
contributing factor to injury.
So, do not just look at how much protein someone is getting. The entire
diet, including total calories, protein, carbohydrate, and even some
fat (certain types); along with vitamin, mineral, and fluid intake
(proper hydration); are important to support muscle repair and growth
during strength training as well as other types of training.
Important Dates to Remember - Annual Meeting
& EPC Exams!
January 15, 2005 Abstracts awarded
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(This information is critical in establishing key data about the
exercise physiology field.
March 5, 2005 - Exercise
Physiologist Certification Exam
Fort Wayne, IN
April 7, 2005 Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam
April 8 & 9, 2005 ASEP 7th
Annual Meeting and Conference
Hilton Minneapolis /St. Paul Airport
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ASEP conference to colleague.)
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of academic programs, board certification examination, and other
important tasks already completed by ASEP in establishing a profession,
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