Copyright 1997-2005 American Society of Exercise Physiologists. All Rights Reserved.


July 5, 2005
Vol. 9 No. 7.
 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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"Getting Real About Exercise Physiology"
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Getting Real About Exercise Physiology
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC

At first glance, why would anyone write about university teachers? Isnt the academic profession rather self-evident? University teachers are paid to teach. That is what they do, isnt it? After all, anyone who is reading this piece has very likely spent many years being taught by teachers. Every classroom has a teacher and every student has a teacher. Teachers are considered critical to the intellectual and moral development of students.

Whether it is a junior high school classroom or a university classroom, the task is to discover and pass along the truth [1]. Of course to do so is both a challenge and a dilemma. It is exactly this unknowing that keeps teachers reading, studying, and thinking about their own work.

Although others may disagree, this may be an excellent justification for the papers, files, books, and objects of all kinds and sizes stacked on, around, and under the teachers desk. After all, the office is the teachers center of mental conflict and purpose about most tasks. Everything on the floor, desk, chairs, and counters has a purpose. Academics are in a constant state of responsible agitation with data and ideas. The search for truth is distinctively essential to university teachers.

In other words, the academic life of the university teacher is all about the respect for truth [1]. That is why the teachers office is usually viewed as a complete mess, which begs question: How could anyone get anything done in this office? To the teacher it is a theater of intellectual and creative opportunity that presents itself everyday when entering the office.

For example, on the left side of my desk is a 4-page APTA document that describes an academic course (1.6 CEUs) available to licensed physical therapists for $349 [2]. The content of the 2-day course includes factors affecting endurance and tests for the same, benefits of aerobic training, contraindications and termination points of exercise, and how much exercise is necessary. As an exercise physiologist, does any of this sound familiar and troubling?

Peaking out from under a pile of articles in the middle of the desk is a 2-page printed document from several weeks ago. It is an advertisement published in The Chronicle of Higher Education [3]. The Department of Health and Physical Education plans to hire a 9-month, tenure track Exercise Science person to teach exercise leadership and exercise physiology courses. As an exercise physiologist, doesnt it seem strange that the department is advertising for an exercise science candidate and not an exercise physiologist?

On the far right side of the desk is a 2-page document that describes the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Metabolism at Washington State University Spokane [4]. The departments web page states that upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to take the American College of Sports Medicine exam to become a certified exercise specialist. As an exercise physiologist, are you surprised at all why the department would advertise an academic degree in exercise physiology and, then, fail to make the connection that their students are also eligible to take the American Society of Exercise Physiologists exam to become a board certified exercise physiologist?

At my immediate left is stack of papers recently downloaded from the Internet. It represents nine academic institutions that offer the undergraduate major in Exercise Physiology. Not one of these schools has contacted ASEP to look into accreditation. The institutions are California State University Chico [5], East Carolina University [6], University of Miami [7], University of Massachusetts Lowell [8], West Virginia University [9], West Liberty State College [10], University of Southern Maine [11], Ohio Northern University [12], and Lynchburg College [13]. As an exercise physiologist, has it crossed your mind why the administrators and exercise physiology faculty have not looked into accrediting the academic major in Exercise Physiology using the ASEP Board of Accreditation?

As an exercise physiologist, do any of these things get to you? They get to me. It is time to get real. Thats why copies of these documents along with dozens of others cover my desk. Im not sure what to do about them or what to feel anymore.

Just recently, the American College of Sports Medicine announced the expansion of its partnership with Wellcoaches Corporation to certify ACSM-certified fitness professionals, registered dietitians, nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and other healthcare practitioners who demonstrateprofessionalism and skills as health, fitness, and wellness coaches. In other words, ACSM endorses the Wellcoaches certification [14]. As an exercise physiologist, this is exactly why Im a member of the professional organization of exercise physiologists.

To quote the ACSM President William O. Roberts, M.D., FACSM, In a society where poor nutrition, inadequate weight and stress management, and lack of physical activity take an enormous toll, skilled coaches can help people make lasting lifestyle change. If the information presented on the web page is accurate, as an exercise physiologist, it is disappointing to hear the ACSM President (a physician) talk about skilled coaches and not exercise physiologists.

1. Shils, E. (1983). The Academic Ethic. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
2. Tepper, S.H. (2005). Advanced Clinical Practice: Exercise Programs Making them Safe and Effective. July 30-31, 2005 Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. American Physical Therapy Association. [Online].
3. The Chronicle of Higher Education. (2005). Chronicle Careers. [Online].
4. Washington State University Spokane (2005). Exercise Physiology and Metabolism. [Online].
5. California State University Chico (2005). The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. [Online].
6. East Carolina University. (2005). Exercise Physiology Degree
7. University of Miami Coral Gables. (2005). Program Information: Exercise Physiology B.S.Ed. [Online].
8. University of Massachusetts Lowell. (2005). Program of Study: Exercise Physiology. [Online].
9. West Virginia University. (2005). Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. [Online].
10. West Liberty State College. (2005). B.S. in Exercise Physiology. [Online].
11. University of Southern Maine. (2005). Exercise Physiology Major. [Online].
12. Ohio Northern University. (2005). Suggested Curriculum for Exercise Physiology Major. [Online].
13. Lynchburg College. (2005). Exercise Physiology Major. [Online].
14. Concordia University Wisconsin. (2005). The Exercise Physiology Major. [Online].

Ask the Professor: Your Inside Scoop on Tough Questions

with Dr. Don Diboll (July's guest: Dr. Lonnie Lowery)
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.)  As a weightlifter, I actually like getting a bit sore on the day after exercise. I feel like I've accomplished something. Is this a good idea for guys like me? When the soreness is gone, most guys I know get right back in the gym for more.

-A frequent question

A.)  This is a common question when I speak to young men who are into lifting. And one that's not easily answered. In a nutshell, eccentric contractions (lowering of the weight, a.k.a. "negatives") do induce considerable soreness - and muscle hypertrophy. The use of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) as a guide in determining when to retrain a muscle group, however, has limited utility. Muscle soreness generally peaks 24-48 hours post exercise but other physiological stress markers can linger much longer. Many are "reset" by five days post-exercise but even then some remain! In fact, about two years ago, a graduate student of mine presented a poster on the lack of relationship between DOMS and other markers of muscle micro-trauma.

It can be said that, when utilizing a technique such as negatives, waiting 5-7 days before retraining a sore muscle is prudent. And don't worry about detraining (loss of strength and size); it doesn't occur in such a short time frame.

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