monthly newsletter is designed to update the members of the ASEP organization
and the general public on the current events regarding ASEP. The
newsletter will contain actions recently taken by the Board of Directors
as well as any recent information, decisions, and future goals of ASEP.
There will be featured updates from the chairpersons of the leading
ASEP committees, news briefs regarding the recent advances in the professional
development of exercise physiology and guest editorials. If you would
like to contribute to this newsletter or if you are just looking for general
information regarding ASEP, feel free to contact me at the following e-mail
address. Also, don't forget to sign up for the "ASEP
E-mail Updates" of this newsletter.
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from my monthly editorial,
it is especially important to highlight again our new ASEP President, Steve
Jungbauer, MA, MBA, FASEP, EPC
of Indiana. As many of you know, Steve has been intimately involved
in ASEP at the state and national levels on behalf of exercise physiologists.
His work towards obtaining licensure for exercise physiologists is well
known. He will no doubt bring strong leadership and management skills
to ASEP as we move forward.
Indiana continues to lead
the nation in the collection and analysis of outcomes in cardiac and pulmonary
rehabilitation. Since Indiana began collecting outcomes in 1997, the project
has grown tremendously thanks to the efforts of many people. Take
a look at his work: A
Manual for Measuring Clinical Program Outcomes in Weight Management
[compiled and written by Steve Jungbauer]. Indiana
Outcomes Data is being used across the country to provide information
to third party payers that supports the use of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Okay, what about a little
history question? Check this out.....what issue of ASEPNewsletter
was the following news published in?
Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists (IAEP) Board of Directors
voted to affilitate with ASEP. The ASEP National Office has received
of Understanding" (otherwise known as the "Agreement") from the President
of the IAEP. Officially speaking, IAEP is first state association
to affiliate with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.
ASEP is grateful to one of its own: Steve Jungbauer, MA, MBA for
his work on behalf of this Agreement. Thank you Steve. Job
well done! IAEP made history this summer!"
I should also point out that Steve Jungbauer
is a member of the Board of Certification. Click
here for additional information about the "Exercise Physiologist
Certified" Manual. There is more, much more, but for the moment....take
a look at the IAEP web site.
Notice that the 6th ASEP National Meeting is already up and advertising.
Great work. For more information about the Indiana Association of
Exercise Physiologists, click
As editor of the ASEPNewsletter,
I look for great work from Steve Jungbauer. I am pleased to introduce
his first of many motivational pieces, leadership directives,
and vision for all exercise physiologists throughout the United States.
is the Point
a Professional Organization?
Jungbauer, MA, MBA, EPC, FASEP
American Society of Exercise Physiologists
Over the past
several years, I have received several alarming messages that have had
substantial impact on exercise physiologists (EPs). The most recent I received
was an email in late March 2003. It appeared to indicate that EPs were
being demoted in healthcare to the level of an untrained aid by United
Government Services (UGS). This was a result of their interpretation of
CMS guidelines. The impact of the interpretation appeared to the email
sender and others to be the end of any hope they ever had for professional
recognition in healthcare. This is a professional issue that should be
addressed by a united and strong professional organization.
Since I now
serve as ASEP President and represent professional exercise physiologists,
I will continue to address this and similar issues. For example,
while some exercise physiologists understand the role of ASEP as the national
professional organization, many others do not see ASEP as the leading EP
organization. In some cases, their opposition to ASEP continues to
hinder our profession and will, without their understanding and change,
be responsible for the delay in professional status for EPs in healthcare.
for years, exercise physiologists working in healthcare have voiced their
concern regarding professional issues such as licensure. Despite
their loud voice outside of the ASEP organization which has not advanced
the field, a great case could be made to support the conclusion that there
has been significant change in the status of exercise physiology since
the founding of ASEP. There is now increased emphasis placed on professionalism
and the importance of a professional organization as the primary building
block not just for licensure, but for academic accreditation, board certification,
and increased career opportunities. And, yet more work needs to be
done to move exercise physiology forward as a healthcare profession.
To help make this shift...
Exercise physiologists should share in a common vision of self-governance
through ASEP. It is the only national organization exclusive to EPs.
is not really rocket science. We can learn from some of the great professional
models. Over the next year, challenge yourself to bring this message of
profession building to every exercise physiologist you meet, I will.
Physiologists should support ASEP with their time and money. Passionate
professionals work with financial resources to create change and build
3. Once we
understand the importance of one exclusive national professional organization
for self-governance, we must exclusively support ASEP certification and
accreditation without exception.
2004 annual meeting and conference will be held on April 1-3 at the Radisson
Downtown in Indianapolis. Mark you calendars now and plan to attend.
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-A Great Idea
Going Amazingly Unheard-
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“As a result, we must come
to accept that it is not the only the logical embrace of a great idea,
but it’s successful marketing and the emotional ties that such strategies
create, that will make something obscure become commonplace.”
I remember getting a pair of Nike Air
Max shoes when I was in 8th grade. They were close to the first pair released
to the have the visible air bubble in the sole of the shoe, and because
of that, they were quite the rage in the athletic apparel line.
My parents never really allowed me to have too many items of “cool clothes”
when I was growing up. My parents memories held firm to their “I
had one nice outfit and my dad bought it used,” upbringing. The idea
of paying a lot of money for something that could be bought for half the
price, while possessing the same functionality, was beyond their understanding.
Furthermore, I was, and still remain, short, skinny and pasty, and no “name
brand” threads were going to save my social status at Central Jr. High
School in Superior, Wisconsin.
My parents were smart with their
money and I knew they would never buy the shoes I dreamed of at the normal
retail price. Sadly for me, it is rare for shoes so popular to ever
find their way to the clearance shelf in the stores. Nevertheless,
I had seen classmates in school have the “cool” shoes and I was dreaming
of owning a pair. One miraculous day the sunlight must have glistened off
my Trapper Keeper in a perfect trajectory. For, while walking through
a local mall, I found a pair of Nike Air Max running shoes for an astoundingly
low price on the clearance rack at local shoe store. After several
minutes of begging and declaring to my parents that I was going to take
tremendous care of the shoes, I convinced them to make the purchase.
I felt like a new man walking down
the halls of school the next day. I remember staring at my feet everywhere
I walked. Looking back, it’s amazing to me how blissful having those
shoes made me feel. Unfortunately, despite my enhancement in footwear status,
I still was not elevated to the upper social class of my grade. I
still remained a little nerd with tape on his glasses wearing “hand me
down clothes” from a second cousin he didn’t remember meeting. I
mean seriously, what was I thinking? How far up can a pair of trendy
shoes take the school’s Chess champion?
A crucial fact that I have not shared,
and one is the vital to the point of this story is that I bought this pair
of en-vogue running shoes two years before I ever thought about being runner.
In fact, the only dream I had during that time was of being a great basketball
player. I remember practicing basketball for hours on outdoor courts
around the town and sleeping with a basketball in my bed. Sadly, not only
did I not become a great basketball player, but also in a short amount
of time the lateral movements, rough pavement, and quick stops destroyed
my fashionable flyers. Within a few weeks, the bottom of the soles
had worn through, the toe box had began to rip, and my tickets to teenage
status had plummeted to the final depth of all active footwear, the lawn
Those shoes probably would have been
good for running, but they sure as heck were not made for basketball.
The rigors of my lifestyles were too much for that type of shoe design.
So why did I buy them? I made a simple and rather common mistake.
I bought into what was popular, even if it wasn’t the best for the situation.
I would have been a lot better off with a something better suited for my
lifestyle, but I allowed external pressures improperly influence me.
It’s so easy to follow a trend. Furthermore, it is often perceived
that following a tend will elevate our status and put us into the “in”
crowd. This may true, but what we should all question is whether
the “in” crowd is where we need to be.
In a culture dominated by marketing,
it is not always the best product that is purchased. It is often
the most popular that is invested in. This phenomenon can been see
in everything from fast food to cars. People can often be swept away
into doing what may not be the most logical action. We often think
that those who are educated are less likely to allow other variables besides
logic to control many of our professional choices, but this is not the
It appears illogical to me that exercise
physiology has been led by a multi-discipline organization. It also appears
very illogical to me that when an exclusive organization for EPs establishes
it’s existence that many do not seek to embrace it. But, unfortunately,
although some may argue differently, not even logic is concrete.
And perception will always play a role in even the most rigid of critical
reflections. As a result, we must come to accept that it is not the
only the logical embrace of a great idea, but it’s successful marketing
and the emotional ties that such strategies create that will make something
obscure become commonplace.
Making of a Profession...
paragraph was written by Dr. Tommy Boone, co-founder of ASEP. As
editor of this monthly newsletter, I think that it is important for each
of us to remember that singly and collectively -- we are responsible for
our future. Please read again what he said, and please think about
"Change of this magnitude
(the ASEP vision) is the making of a great profession. What a tragedy
it would be if we missed out. May we have the guts to meet the challenge
and develop a perspective that energizes us to take action to move beyond
old thinking. To achieve this goal is to move away from behaviors
that keep us in the past. In fact, in sharp contrast to the past,
we need to redesign our thinking to not just understand change but to create
change as a seamless part of our overall professional development.
If we are willing to acknowledge this reality, we can expect new collaborative
opportunities in the future. The time to embrace change is now."
American Society of Exercise Physiologists
Dues Renewal Notice
ASEP membership is on a calendar
year basis (Jan – Dec). Renew now to continue your membership through
December 31, 2003. Remittance of the full amount of member dues for
your category will serve as verification that you continue to be eligible
for that membership status.
1. Professional Member ($70)
Only U.S. funds will be accepted.
Make all checks payable to either
ASEP or the
of Exercise Physiologists. Please mail the check to the following
2. Certified Professional Member
($60) Note: this means EPC
3. Affiliate Member ($85)
4. International Member ($60)
5. Student Member ($40)
6. Sustaining Member ($160)
7. Fellow Member ($70)
The American Society of Exercise Physiologists
is the professional organization of exercise physiologists. If you
need assistance or have questions about your membership, please call the
ASEP National Office (218) 723-6297.
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Please make any changes in name,
address, email address, or membership information when sending your check
to the National Office. Be sure to renew as early as possible to
continue all of your membership benefits.
Visit the new ASEP Web Site (www.asep.org)
for the news about Board Certification of exercise physiologists. or academic
accreditation of undergraduate programs. Note: This www.css.edu/ASEP/website
will remain active for an undetermined period of time.
the ASEP Dream
The opportunities never looked better
for exercise physiologists, but they require membership in the ASEP organization.
The rewards of personal and professional credibility start on day one with
membership. Contact an ASEP member and open the door to a partnership
and where dreams come true. Your own board certification plus an
advanced understanding of ways to make a difference in exercise physiology.
Timing is everything. Take control today.
Here’s what you’ll receive; the world’s
only “professional” organization of exercise physiologists at your command.
Automatically you will see a new way, if not a new philosophy, to look
at exercise physiology. The new organization is the perfect blend
of power and credibility. More than just a new organization at a
great price to its members, ASEP gives its members the right organization
at the right time. How did ASEP do it? The Board of Directors
placed above everything priority first for exercise physiologists.
As a member and as an ASEP “Exercise
Physiologist Certified” you call yourself an “Exercise Physiologist”.
You can do this without addressing the historical perspective of having
a doctorate degree. This new thinking has been made possible by ASEP,
which has now become a united nationwide view of the sign of the times.
Don’t waste your money on certifications without credibility. Refuse
to become part of the black side of what has become the 20th century view
of weekend warrior certifications.
ASEP means big change in the way
exercise physiologists do business. With ASEP there is no telling
what you can accomplish. ASEP certification may be just what you
need to help make your business a success. ASEP is designed to do
everything you need and then some. It’s not a last chance effort.
Rather, it is the chance to give your business a break for 2003.
Don’t let history rule your thinking, especially if you have ever dreamed
of being a king for a day.
Changing the world with ASEP is a
great way to get your business up to speed. Why wait? Dig in,
design your thinking, and maximize your “can-do” attitude to generate high
levels of enthusiasm and opportunity. Let us unite and work together
and help each other achieve extraordinary results. Let us announce
a departure from exercise physiology as we have known it. Let us
clean-up and begin anew. ASEP is leading the way. Inspired
by its members, turned on by their charm, everyone looks ahead to new entrepreneurial
ASEP is worth its weight in gold.
Its size is a match to those looking for a punch in the nose. Incorporated!
It is about professionalism. It markets exercise physiology like
nothing else has ever done before. Step by step its members have
walked the walk. It is not just alive at the end of five years since
its founding, but is a “sure thing” with solutions that work. Think
about it. Accreditation, board certification, standards of professional
practice; exercise physiologists have taken control of who they are and
what they do. It is the driving force forward in health, fitness,
rehabilitation, and sports training.
ASEP is your 24-hour partner in transforming
your business, investments, and conduct. Serious thinking about professionalism
begins with ASEP; it’s the 21st century formula for your success.
It is the cure for the common fitness professional, the keys to your success,
and the tools and strategies to inspire your employees and others.
The exercise physiology career never looked better. Join today and
become an Exercise Physiologist.
is not a refereed newsletter. Newsletters are open-ended so as to
present a diverse set of opinions. The papers in the each issue are
concerned with issues and topics that have a bearing on the professionalization
of exercise physiology. As Editor, I especially welcome articles
that critically address specific features of ASEP and its efforts to develop
exercise physiology. Views that support ASEP's vision, goals, and
objectives as well as views that do not provide valuable lessons for our
Submitted papers should be unpublished
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original unpublished work and is not submitted for publication elsewhere.
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