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  May, 2006; Vol. 10 No. 5.

 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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ASEP 8th Annual Meeting Summary

Robergs, R.

From Cardiac Rehabilitation And Sports Performance To Corporate Wellness: A Journey In Preventative Medicine (last on page)
Dugmore, D. 

The Escalating Gravity of Identity Theft
Moore, J.


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ASEP 8th Annual Meeting Summary
Robert Robergs, Ph.D., FASEP EPC.

The recent ASEP meeting was characterized by a mix of professional issues, research, review topics and hands-on sessions aimed to expose participants to skills or on-site visits pertinent to exercise physiology. For example, the hands-on sessions were provided each afternoon, and provided site visits to a cardiac rehabilitation facility, a clinical reference laboratory, the UNM Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and a 6 hour introductory session on data acquisition and processing using LabVIEW (National Instruments, Austin, TX) programming.

The LabVIEW hands-on session was pre-empted by a talk by Robert Robergs on Thursday morning where he explained the positive impact that LabVIEW programming skills has made to his teaching and research. Robert then presented examples of his programming in areas such as indirect calorimetry, heart rate variability, EMG collection and root mean square processing, internet surveys, VO2max and VT detection, post-collection data processing and filtering, etc.

The Thursday morning session also consisted of a presentation by Robert Scales (Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Lovelace Hospital) concerning application of a technique called motivational interviewing in directing and supporting individuals in their journey of lifestyle change through increased daily exercise/physical activity.

The Thursday research session consisted of five presentations spanning topics of the determinants of the VO2 plateau, inspiratory muscle training, resistance training by individuals with heart failure, body composition assessment in public middle schools, and the influence of music on cardiovascular responses during exercise.

The Friday session began with research presentations on running economy and performance in collegiate cross-country runners, the differences between pH and lactate estimates of maximal steady state and time trial performance, the influence of protocol duration on VO2max, 31P MRS evaluation of creatine phosphate recovery kinetics following ingestion of rhodiola rosea, substrate utilization during high and low intensity exercise, and an enlightening talk on survey research of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualfiers.

The Friday thematic presentations started with a joint presentation by Larry Birnbaum and John Dargan concerning the inclusion of learning experiences within exercise physiology for use and application of the electronic medical record. The talk focused on a grant award to the College of St. Scholastica for increasing the competence and confidence of program graduates from health sciences disciplines to practice professionally in a computer-based and team-based work environment. Given that the electronic medical record is a reality of medical care in the future, and that exercise physiology can fit into this electronic medical platform, the content of this talk was insightful.

The Friday lecture session was concluded by Susan Schneider (UNM) who presented and discussed her ongoing research of whole-body cooling for soldiers in Iraq. Currently, the U.S. Army is funding research efforts to optimize whole body cooling for soldiers who are sitting in one of the several types of military vehicles. This is an important issued from both military and physiology perspectives, as military personnel are working in summer temperatures exceeding 115 F while wearing full military uniforms, body armor, carrying weapons, and a back pack of supplies. The risk for severe hypothermia and dehydration are obvious in these settings, as are the exercise performance decrements.

The Saturday morning session consisted of a mix of professional sessions and the Key Note address. Matt Lehn, the ASEP President from 2005-2006 presented a summary of recent accomplishments, and Tommy Boone then delivered a sensational presentation on mindset of being an exercise physiology professional.

The Key Note address was given by Dorian Dugmore, Director of Wellness International at Adidas - Manchester, England. Dorians talk spanned his involvement in cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, and numerous initiatives at improving the health status of athletes and coaches in England and Europe. This talk was inspirational to all exercise physiologists for our role in disease detection, rehabilitation, and prevention, and for the subsequent impact we can have on health, more importantly, quality of life.

Despite numerous challenges for conducting a national meeting on a university campus, the meeting was a great success, and the location of the 2007 meeting will be announced shortly.

Ask the Professor: Your Inside Scoop on Tough Questions

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.) My friends and I are graduating this coming month. None of us want to drift away from the field of exercise physiology but personal trainer jobs may not exactly challenge or maintain our skills. What can we do on our own, away from the university? (paraphrased from a common question)

A.) So as not to belabor this point, here is a list of things one can do. Consider it a "top five" if you like:

1.) Stay in touch with your university's career center for openings

2.) Keep your favorite professors' email and phone information in your rolodex or palmtop. Some software will even remind you that it's high time you got in touch. Also save any legitimate web sites on exercise physiology in your "Favorites" folder in your Internet browser.

3.) Find online job boards by using Google or various fitness forums to find free listings/ services. (Hint: use varied search terms when you do like: 'exercise jobs', 'fitness jobs', 'exercise physiology jobs' and even more creative terms to narrow the search. Be sure to click any "About Us" links on the sites you find, to see with whom each site is affiliated! Your degree is worth more than a weekend-type personal trainer's certificate so sites with this kind of affiliation should be used cautiously.) 

4.) Be sure to sign-up for the ASEP-Newsletter, which not only lists new, legitimate job advertisements, but is a great "automatic" reminder to check out the ASEP web sites. (It does come straight to your Inbox without prompting each month after all!)

5.) Ask for a gift subscription to a hardcopy fitness publication / newsletter/ journal that has breaking research, professional practice information and job ads in it. It could be enough to keep you motivated and "in the loop"!

In the end, recognize that it can be tough to stay involved in a field that is only loosely organized and mildly supportive of graduates/ practitioners - at least relative to other health professions. If you must take a job in an unrelated field, consider buying yourself a new university-quality textbook so you can "geek-out" and stay sharp. Also, get into social arrangements to stay fit yourself. You may even consider starting your own business (even with your fellow grads!), offering your education and skills as valuable adjuncts to non-EP trainers, gyms, magazines, coaches/ local teams, seminar (or speed/ strength camp) organizers, etc. Entrepreneurial efforts can be done in addition to other employment. Who knows? Perhaps those of you who do turn to unrelated work will become frustrated enough to form your own club or state affiliate of ASEP. Good luck!


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