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


March 5, 2005
Vol. 9 No. 3
 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

What's New?


March BOD Editorial
"Why am I associated with ASEP?"
Diboll, D.
Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement (manuscript two on page)
Grissom, J.B. 
"UNEMPLOYMENT" - The Steps Necessary For Change

Gordon, C.

Professor & Head: Queensland University of Technology, Human Movement Studies

Important Dates to Remember!
ASEP Annual Meeting Schedule & EPC Exams!
The Editors - See Schedule Info.!

New PowerPoint: Why Join ASEP?
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The ASEP Board of Directors
Ask the Professor
Have Your Question Appear Online!

with Dr. Don Diboll



ASEP Survey results...

A reported 200 completed surveys and 81 partial surveys were received during the ASEP call for responses over recent weeks. Thanks to all those who offered feedback on their relationship with the field and profession of exercise physiology!


Why am I associated with ASEP?
Dr. Don Diboll, Member, Board of Directors

Presently, I am an associate professor of exercise physiology as well as chair of a small department in the California State University system. My department serves two undergraduate programs, one that prepares future physical education teachers and the other that prepares future, as I refer to them, exercise physiologists.

One primary reason I am involved with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) has to do with the question that I often receive from students, prospective students, and sometimes parents. In general terms, the question asks What can I do with this degree? Over the years, this has become a troubling question for me. The individuals asking this question are looking for direction related to their future career opportunities. They want a clear answer to help them make a sound decision. For the individuals who ask this question with respect to physical education, the answer is relatively simple and clear. An undergraduate physical education degree will most likely lead to becoming a credentialed teacher in a K-12 school system. Students in this program generally know what they are getting into. The job opportunities are fairly well understood, as well as the potential starting salary and opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

However, for the potential exercise physiologist, the answer is not as simple. Often I have students interested in becoming physical therapists. Our program is an excellent undergraduate preparation for that. Physical therapy is a fine profession and I have no problem assisting students who want to prepare for that career. However, for those students who are not interested in physical therapy but would like to work in the allied-health care arena in a capacity related to, for example, health promotion, fitness, or athletic performance enhancement, then my response to their question becomes difficult, if I am honest with them. The answer to this question becomes difficult because the professional opportunities for an undergraduate prepared exercise physiologist are not what they should be. Granted, there are some opportunities in these areas, but they are often misleading in terms of number of desirable opportunities, qualifications, salary, and opportunities for career advancement. Unfortunately, more and more job opportunities that seemingly are ideal for an exercise physiologist are being filled by physical therapists and nurses. This is due to state legislations that define standards of professional practice for the various allied-health professions, as well as reimbursement practices of medical insurance providers.

Why has it come to this? Physical therapists and nurses have organizations exclusive to themselves that work on their behalf to broaden and strengthen their place in the allied-health care arena. These organizations have helped physical therapists and nurses maintain a clear professional identity through licensure. Also, these organizations benefit their memberships through lobbying efforts with state legislatures and other governing bodies regarding who can provide specified health care services and which professionals can bill for payment via medical insurance. The ultimate goal of these organizations is to secure and expand the professional opportunities of their memberships. Until 1997, the year ASEP was founded, exercise physiology did not have a professional organization exclusive to itself that worked in the same capacity for its membership. There are many fine organizations that might be thought to represent exercise physiologists, but they do not or cannot. This is demonstrated in their mission statements and/or membership demographics (i.e., many of these organizations have members from a variety of professions; therefore they cannot represent one profession only).

A question may be asked with respect to the benefits of the professional certifications related to exercise, fitness, personal training, etc. that presently exist and how these may help exercise physiologists. On the one hand, a few, not all, of the certifications are beneficial from the standpoint of improving ones knowledge base and skill set. I have two that are helpful from that standpoint. On the other hand, the present state of the certification realm has not helped exercise physiologists. To begin with, there are over two hundred different certifications from a variety of organizations available today. These certifications are an end in themselves. In other words, they are not part of a larger picture that will help establish professional credibility in allied-health care to the degree that, for example, licensure will. The vast majority of these fitness professional certifications do not have academic degree requirements that meet nationally recognized standards. Many have no academic degree requirements at all. In short, certification, in the long run, will not truly help those who have them. If anything, the vast number of these certifications will hinder efforts toward establishing professional identity for exercise physiologists. Potentially, certification programs might be useful in the capacity of continuing education opportunities for those who have already achieved a recognized, respected professional status. However, certification by itself is not the answer.

The answer to establishing a recognized, respected presence in allied-health care for exercise physiologists is a professional organization exclusive to exercise physiologists, clearly defined standards of practice, an accreditation process that establishes national academic program standards, title protection, and ultimately licensure. The purpose of ASEP is to be this professional organization that works to achieve these objectives. That is why I am associated with ASEP. When my students ask me what they can do with their degree, I want to be able to honestly and confidently tell them that, if they work hard and stay the course, then there will be a promising professional future that awaits them as exercise physiologists.

Ask the Professor

with Dr. Don Diboll 

Q.) Hi. My name is Tom and I was wondering why is an understanding of metabolism, especially energy metabolism, so important to exercise physiology?

Thanks for your help.

A.) Dear Tom,

I believe this is an often asked question by students. In part, this is likely due to the fact that energy metabolism involves content and principles that are not the easiest to grasp. However, I believe there are good reasons for students to at least have a good understanding of the concepts and principles of energy metabolism, including a basic understanding of the metabolic pathways. The following are a few reasons that come to mind.

To begin with, students need to understand metabolism if they are going to understand the big picture of human physiology. Human physiology is an integration of numerous systems and processes. For example, a clear understanding of why maximal oxygen consumption increases with chronic aerobic training requires an understanding of the aerobic metabolic process in skeletal muscle. If a student does not understand metabolism, then they likely do not have a complete grasp of other physiological processes and how they all work together.

Next, students who want to become professionals in exercise physiology need to know what they are talking about. Exercise physiologists can be sure they will be asked basic questions related to why or how by clients. Exercise physiologists need to be able to answer such questions. [Setting them apart from and above the many non-degreed personal trainers who compete for some of the same jobs. -Ed.] Also, exercise physiologists will be in a position to support or refute claims made about products (e.g., ergogenic aids; weight-loss products) clients may have heard about. These claims should be addressed accurately, or at least, researched further so that an informed judgment can be made.

Lastly, a working knowledge of energy metabolism is important from an applied perspective. For example, different training protocols (i.e., high-intensity, short-duration vs. moderate-intensity, longer-duration) enhance different aspects of the metabolic pathways. Individuals using these training protocols should know why they are using them and how to potentially modify them to achieve a desired outcome.

So, even though developing a good understanding of energy metabolism may be challenging, in the long run, I believe it is worth the effort. It will be beneficial to the overall understanding of exercise physiology and will enhance ones ability to apply knowledge in a professional setting.

Important Dates to Remember - Annual Meeting & EPC Exams!

April 7, 2005 Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam
Minneapolis, MN

April 8 & 9, 2005 ASEP 7th Annual Meeting and Conference
Hilton Minneapolis /St. Paul Airport
(100 % of last years attendees stated they would recommend the ASEP conference to a colleague.) CLICK HERE for a Microsoft Word schedule of events (also PDF)!


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Professor and Head
School of Human Movement Studies

Queensland University of Technology is seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Professor and Head, School of Human Movement Studies to provide leadership, management and support to all staff within the School. The Head will continue the development of the School's strategic direction and enhance the School's close collaboration with industry and health sector partners.

The Faculty of Health offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs to over 4,500 students through its five Schools: Nursing, Optometry, Psychology and Counselling, Public Health, and Human Movement Studies.

The School of Human Movement Studies is one of the leading schools of its type in Australia, with a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service. The School has a strong research base and maintains research links both nationally and internationally. There is strong demand for the School's teaching in the fields of exercise and sports science, exercise and sports nutrition, and physical and health education. The School offers double degrees with nursing, nutrition and dietetics, podiatry, and education; and teaches the physical education component of the University's Bachelor of Education program.

Approximately 1,000 students are taught by the School, which has a complement of 50 academic, research and professional staff. Further information on the School is available at

Heads of School play a major role in academic leadership and school management within the Faculty. A Head of School is responsible to the Dean of the Faculty for the management of the School and, in collaboration with the Dean, is expected to represent the School and Faculty in interactions with business, government, professional bodies and the community, nationally and internationally. The appointee will provide active leadership in teaching, research and service; strategically manage the School's resources to achieve performance objectives and high quality outcomes; and encourage and promote a sense of unity, cooperation and common purpose amongst the School's staff.

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Appointment will be fixed-term for five years with an option for renewal. New Professors at QUT are eligible for a University grant to use on work-related projects.

Reference: 25098

Closes: 13 April

QUT is a highly successful university of 40,000 students with an applied emphasis in courses and research. Courses are in strong demand and graduates enjoy excellent job and career outcomes.

Attractive employee benefits, development opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities and services are available to the successful candidate.

Visit for further details.

Michelle Paddy
eRecruitment Project Officer
Human Resources Department
Queensland University of Technology
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3864 4170
Fax: (07) 3864 4181

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