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November, 2005
 Vol. 9 No. 11


 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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Is Podcasting in ASEPs Future?
Jesse Pittsley, Ph.D., EPC


Like several members of ASEP, I sometimes ponder how best to market the organization. I honestly believe that the professionalization of Exercise Physiology may be the only way to save this field from its current slow decline. But how do I explain myself in a way that allows many people to understand why Ive come to this conclusion. I could tell my students, but that would reach a limited audience. I could submit thoughts to an exercise physiology online forum or journal, but that would still only reach the few that browse those sites. Theres got to be another way to communicate to those thousands of EPs around the country.

If one were to walk through a university campus to observe students using computers, one would possibly notice that students are doing more than reading words on a computer screen. As we know, computers today are multimedia platforms used for audio and video files sometimes as much as they are used for reading content. Many students on the college campus I teach at probably have more audio files on their computer that they do word processor or spreadsheet documents. Even through the workday in my office, iTunes radio is usually playing something on my computer to drown out the students shuffling from class to class in the hallway. How many of us have a stack of CDs on our desk that we rotate through our computer while were completing our more mundane tasks the day? Listening to music is fun, and with all the radio stations available over the internet, it can be a cheap way to make the days more interesting.

Music isnt the only genre of audio streams and files widely available on the Internet. In the past few years, with the increased availability of fast broadband service, audio has become a fantastic way to exchange information and share analysis. Its easy to find talk/news radio stations that make their content free to anybody with a media player. Furthermore, those like science reporter Ira Flato and his program Science Friday, make their radio programs specifically available without extraneous content. The internet about the exchange of just the written word. Audio and video are here to stay.

One of the more popular ways for people to exchange content in an audio format is through something called a Podcast. I meet a lot of people that have slight idea what this word means, but most are not clear. So, please allow me to explain.

In general, a podcast, is an online audio file. Podcasts range in duration from five to 120 minutes and also cover the gamut of topics from politics to technology to cooking. Some are produced by one person while others involve music bands or round-table discussions. But, what separates a podcast from a traditional audio file is its subscription nature. As explained by the open-source, online encyclopedia,,

Podcasting is distinct from other types of online media delivery because of its subscription model, which uses a feed . . . to deliver an enclosed file. Podcasting enables independent producers to create self-published, syndicated "radio shows," and gives broadcast radio programs a new distribution method. Listeners may subscribe to feeds using "podcatching" software . . . which periodically checks for and downloads new content automatically.

To summarize, podcasts are subscription based online radio programs (the far majority are free) which are then downloaded automatically to your computer when a new episode is released. Think of them as audio magazine subscriptions. When my interest in podcasts surfaced, I used the ipod directory supplied by iTunes (although there are other programs offering the same service) to browse different podcasts of different topics. Once I found something interesting, I simply clicked subscribe. From that point on, each time I open up iTunes, the program searches for any new episodes and downloads them to my hard drive, which I can listen to upon my convenience. Overall, its been a great way to listen to discussions I enjoy with little minimal internet surfing.

An ASEP Podcast?

How does ASEP fit into all of this? Right now, it doesnt. Maybe thats something that needs to change. I have recently found inexpensive software programs that would allow several members of ASEP to be recorded having a round-table discussion despite being located in different parts of the country. Furthermore, once the discussion is converted to digital format, there are sites that allow the free posting of audio files with the intention of podcasting. Therefore, this could be done cheaply and with relatively little effort.

Imagine Drs. Rob Robergs, Don Diboll, Tommy Boone and others sitting down for monthly discussions regarding important topics in exercise physiology. Subjects like accreditation, licensure, certification, current research, and even listener mail being discussed and made available for free and sent directly to your computer. You could then listen to these discussions while eating lunch in your office! Or even take the ASEP gang for a jog on your favorite MP3 player. How about listening to your iPod in the car! Theres nothing better than a Tommy Boone rant to get you through your morning commute.

Im not sure if the creation of a regular Podcast would improve ASEPs marketability. The same people that read the ASEP journals and visit its online forum maybe the same people that listen to the podcast. But, I would argue that constructive discussions, involving people interested in the professionalization of exercise physiology, being released to the public on a consistent timetable would improve ASEPs communication effectiveness. Therefore, I understand that podcasting is not the answer to Exercise Physiologys, or ASEPs, problems and questions. But, it may be another great way to get some solutions and answers.

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.) I am working on [a story about] Kobe Bryant, who turned 27 in August and, in theory, should be entering the two or three prime years of his career. I'm curious what the factors are that seem to make 26 or 27 the year most professional athletes reach their peak and how long they can stay at that level.

- "R", a Los Angeles journalist

A.)  Although performance is multi-factorial, one can speculate on the effect of age using existing literature. For example, Kioumourtzoglou, et al. (1998) compared 22-23 year-old basketball players and reported that: "Elite players were better on memory-retention, selective attention, and on prediction measures than the control group."  Although all research participants in this study were roughly the same (young) age, their differences in skill raise some interesting points.

Truly knowing which factors to focus upon may best come with experience... perhaps requiring an amount of experience that only years of actual play can offer. Predicting what is about to happen next in a game would also improve with experience. This is not to say that innate talent is unimportant or that younger players cannot out-perform older ones at times. But "exercise specificity" is a well known phenomenon (bodily adaptations are specific to the exercise task) and the resulting physical/ skill development can continue over many years. In his book Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport, Dr. Mel Williams describes "sports-related fitness" as something aside from (or beyond) simply physical fitness (the latter being muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, body composition and flexibility). Sports-related fitness applies these characteristics to a given sports and involves other facets (e.g. task-specific neuromuscular coordination) as well.

Age, however, does not only bring experience as one competes over time. According to Stevenson and colleagues (2000): "[recreational] participants aged between 26 and 30 years had about a 55% greater risk of injury than those aged less than 18 years." Although not basketball-specific, this study did include basketball players (15.1 injuries per 1000 hours of participation). The accumulating risk of injury may largely account for the traditional thinking that over-30 athletes are "past their prime". Purposeful injury prevention throughout a career, then, may influence the career length of an elite competitor.


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University of North Florida, Department of Public Health

The University of North Florida, Department of Public Health, is seeking applicants for a tenure-track, nine month Assistant Professor position #32276R in the Public Health program. Responsibilities include teaching, research and service. Required qualifications are: PhD in exercise physiology or a closely related field with formal training in a public health discipline; OR a PhD in a Public Health discipline with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology or a closely related field; and a record of achievement in, or potential for, successful teaching and developing an extramurally funded research program.

Applicants must apply online at and must upload all required documents to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply on-line or do not upload all the required documentation will not be considered for this position. Only those candidates who are invited to an on-campus interview must mail official transcripts and 3
original letters of reference.

Application deadline date: January 16, 2006.

UNF is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.


Exercise Physiologist - Kosciusko Community Hospital

At Kosciusko Community Hospital our goal is to provide customer service that exceeds the expectations of patients, physicians and the community. If you are committed to the same expectations then we are currently seeking you as a new team member.

Exercise Physiologist:
KCH currently has an opening in its Wellness Center for An experienced Exercise Physiologist. The successful candidates will posses a Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology and three to six months experience preferably in a Hospital Cardiac Rehab program. ASEP certification is preferred.

KCH offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified candidate may submit a resume or application to:

Kosciusko Community Hospital
2101 East DuBois Drive
Warsaw, Indiana 46580 
574-372-7624 (fax)


Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility seeks a Director of Exercise Physiology interested in working in a leading rehabilitation center to play a vital role in the successful rehabilitation of our cardiac and general rehabilitation patients. Hands-on responsibilities include patient evaluations, exercise stress testing, risk factor management and exercise training. Working closely with our Cardiology, Immunology and Neurology Departments to perform complex cardiopulmonary stress testing, pulmonary stress testing, spirometry and bronchospasm evaluations, also opens the door to research and education endeavors which our institution finds important to remain in the forefront of rehabilitation services.

The successful candidate must have a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology or closely related field, strong analytical skills and a minimum of one year of clinical experience in a hospital or cardiac rehabilitation setting. BLS or ACLS certification is preferred.

Located on beautiful Roosevelt Island in New York City, the facility is easily accessible from the five boroughs by subway, bus or car and provides free parking. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package including an on-site health club. For immediate consideration, please send your resume to:

Human Resources Department
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
One Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Fax: (212) 318-4464
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F

Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology at Wright State University

The Department of Biological Sciences and the Exercise Biology Laboratory at Wright State University are now accepting applications for an Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology.  The successful candidate will assist in teaching biomechanics, exercise physiology, and/or clinical exercise physiology to undergraduates and M.S. students in the departments program in Exercise Biology. There are opportunities for research collaboration with faculty in the areas of organismal and cellular aspects of animal and neuromuscular physiology, both in Biological Sciences and in departments affiliated with Wright States School of Medicine.

Graduate programs include the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program, Biological Sciences M.S. program, and Microbiology and Immunology M.S. program. Resources in support of research include a Genomics Core Facility, a modern animal care facility, Brehm Analytical Laboratory, a greenhouse, and an on-campus Biology Preserve and neighboring wetlands. There are also opportunities for collaboration in the Dayton area with numerous research institutions including Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Successful candidates are expected to have a doctorate by start date and sufficient research experience to establish and maintain an independent, extramurally funded research program. Competitive start-up packages will be tailored to individual needs. WSU has 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and the department graduates approximately 150 students per year. Appointment at the Associate level will require meeting the criteria in the Department Bylaws. Send CV with statement of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three references to:

Search Committee
Department of Biological Sciences
Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435-0001

Electronic applications can be sent to Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

The Exercise Biology program web site may be visited at 

Wright State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


Yavapai Regional Medical Center

We currently have two Exercise Physiologist positions available in our Preventive Medicine department. Preventive Medicine is a high functioning team of professionals dedicated to reducing chronic disease or the progression of disease. The department provides cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, adult fitness, diabetes education, employee health and wellness services, and other community minded health related programs. Staff includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and a medical director all dedicated to providing high quality services in state of the art facilities.

You must have a Bachelor or Masters degree in exercise science and be certified ACSM-RCEP or ACSM-Exercise Specialist. A minimum of three years experience working as an exercise physiologist in the cardiac rehab setting is also required. Yavapai Regional Medical Center offers:

* Attractive Salaries
* Relocation allowance
* 5% Retirement match
* Benefits begin 1st of the month following start date
* Much more

For more information or to apply, please visit: or send your resume to:

Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Human Resources Department
1003 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301
Call toll-free:
(800) 976-9762
Fax: (928) 771-5755

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology,
Kinesiology & Health Promotion Department

Applications are invited for the position of Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology. Duties and Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology/laboratory and related areas in exercise science, participate in academic advisement, supervise masters theses and serve on thesis committees, engage in research/scholarship and grant writing, and represent the discipline through departmental, college, university, and community service. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in kinesiology or exercise science with an emphasis in exercise physiology (PhD required by July 1, 2006). Strong background in exercise physiology required. Additional preparation in exercise metabolism, muscle physiology, exercise biochemistry, and research methods/statistics desired. Evidence of research and grant writing desired. ACSM certification desired. Strong interpersonal and communication skills required. Date of Appointment: Appointment begins Fall 2006. To be considered for the position, submit (1) letter of application, (2) statement of teaching philosophy including teaching within a multicultural environment, (3) completed application form, (4) curriculum vitae, (5) official transcripts showing all graduate course work, (6) a minimum of three recent letters of reference, and (7) names and contact information for at least two additional references. Materials must be postmarked by October 15, 2005. If a candidate is ABD, registrars verification is required if the status is not indicated on the transcript. Inquiries may be directed to Ms. Charlene Saunders (, 909-869-2768, or FAX 909-869-4797). Please request an application form from and send application materials to:

The Search Committee
Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, California 91768

The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Attn: Kriss Stewart
5301 E. Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
(800) 526-5353 ext. 42290

Job Title: Exercise Physiologist

Tucson Medical Center is a strong and growing community hospital that takes pride in providing outstanding care with state-of-the-art technology and training. Our success has always relied on the quality of our staff. TMC has made a strong commitment to creating a work environment that is both professionally and financially rewarding for our employees.

Join a team that believes in you and can help you excel in your field. We offer generous salaries, tuition reimbursement, great benefits and more, all in a cosmopolitan city with an old town feel and more than 350 days of sunshine a year.

We are looking for an exceptional person to provide cardiac rehabilitation care to assigned patients. Duties include administering diagnostic testing procedures to determine extent of patient's impairment and prognosis for improvement; creating an individual treatment plan considering specific patient variables such as overall medical condition, stamina, motivation, etc.; and monitoring and progressing treatment level.

Minimum qualifications:
Bachelors degree. Two years related experience.

For more information or to apply online visit our website at

Equal Opportunity Employer

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