| Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery
Editorial from ASEP's President
I want to update you on what ASEP has been doing on your behalf.
ASEP continues to work hard for EPs throughout the country. ASEPs
mission is to advance the profession of the Exercise Physiologists and
we will not waver from our mission.
In June of this year, ASEP developed its strategic plan for the year.
Included in this plan were 84 specific goals in 11 different areas. The
areas we focused on were: Accreditation, Annual Meeting, Certification,
Communication, Finance and Budget, Licensure, Marketing, Membership,
Sponsorship, State Association and Website. To date, we have
accomplished 36 of these goals.
ASEP is working with legislatures in Minnesota and West Virginia to
seek title protection and state licensure for exercise physiologists
this legislative session. ASEP believes that state licensure will
accomplish many things for exercise physiologists: It will help protect
public safety by regulating who can practice exercise physiology.
Licensure can legitimize the exercise physiology profession. It will
help protect our scope of practice from encroachment by other
professions and help define exercise physiology as a true profession.
Licensure will help increase EP career opportunities and EP salaries by
increasing demand for licensed professionals. ASEP will keep you
updated as to the status of licensure in these states. ASEP has also
developed licensure initiatives that compose of three elements. 1)
Determine what states are ready for licensure, 2) Help state
associations develop strong, effective state licensure plans, 3) Help
state associations develop licensure marketing campaigns.
In the past few months, the ASEP marketing committee has made
tremendous strides in increasing the awareness of exercise
physiologists and laid the groundwork for future marketing efforts.
ASEP starting by developing an infrastructure of email and traditional
mailing addresses of exercise physiologists from across the country.
This process, though a long and tedious task, was an important step
that needed completion. The marketing committee also developed many
important documents to educate exercise physiologists about ASEP. Three
documents were developed, one focusing on the mission and benefits of
ASEP, a second document focusing on academic accreditation, and a third
document outlined the Exercise Physiology Certification and provided a
comparison to other certifications. Recently, the ASEP marketing
committee has developed postcards providing important upcoming events
and a PowerPoint presentation that is available on the website.
This summer, ASEP first launched their marketing efforts via an email
sent to thousands of exercise physiologists outlining the mission and
need for ASEP. This was followed in October by a mass postcard mailing
to exercise physiologists that will announce important upcoming dates
for ASEP. ASEP then plans to produce and send a brochure mailing this
winter that will provide more detailed information on the many
different aspects of ASEP. This brochure will be followed by focused
mailing in the spring, including targeting human resources departments
to educate them about the EPC and colleges and universities with
information about academic accreditations.
Of course, these marketing efforts are not cheap. In an effort to
provide an infusion of capital to help offset the cost of marketing,
the ASEP marketing committee is also trying to raise awareness of ASEP
to potential sponsors by contacting numerous companies that were
identified as potential sponsors. This will help ASEP increase funds to
make future marketing efforts and other important projects possible.
As you know, the American Society of Exercise Physiologists is an
important organization to the growth and professionalization of
exercise physiologists. However, the potential of this organization
cannot be realized until we are able to utilize the expertise,
knowledge and skill of more exercise physiologists that are concerned
about the future of their profession. ASEP has had many loyal members
that care about ASEP and the professional development of exercise
physiology. Now, we are hoping members feel it is time to take the next
step, and become and active participant in the society. Basically, we
need your help!
ASEP has several committees through which you can become more involved.
Below is an outline of a few committees, as well as contact information.
Accreditation Academic accreditation is an important component to
developing any profession. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Annual Meeting This years annual meeting will take place on April 8
& 9, 2005 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please contact
email@example.com to get involved.
Certification Certification of exercise physiologists can be completed
through the EPC exam. For more information on hosting an EPC exam,
Licensure Licensure is the ultimate goal of most exercise
physiologists, helping to secure jobs and the profession. To learn how
to get involved in the licensure effort, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Associations- ASEPs rapid growth is due to the grassroots efforts
at the state levels. States will need to be organized as regulation is
a state issue. To learn more about starting a state association,
ASEP has few individuals trying to do the work of many. With your help,
and the help of others, ASEP is poised for rapid growth and, most
importantly, further establishing the profession of Exercise Physiology.
Plans are already underway for the ASEP 7th Annual Meeting and
Conference on April 8 & 9, 2005. This years conference will take
place in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul
Airport. This provides an excellent location for the meeting, with easy
access to the airport, restaurants, Mall of America, and other points
Abstract submission for the meeting is underway, and the deadline for
submission is Dec. 15, 2004. Accepted submissions and schedule of
presentations will be announced on January 15, 2004. This year, all
submissions can be completed online through the ASEP website. Topics
focusing on research, clinical, and professional issues will be
discussed. Last years meeting was a huge success, with 100% of
attendees stating they would recommend the conference to a colleague.
This years conference promises to be just as successful. Anyone
interested in participating in the planning of this meeting can contact
Matt Lehn at email@example.com
Exercise Physiologist Survey
The profession of Exercise Physiology needs your help! ASEP has
developed a comprehensive online survey that will help the ASEP
leadership better understand and serve the exercise physiology
profession. You can access the survey by clicking on the link below:
The survey will be available online until 02/01/2005. Please complete
the survey as soon as possible and forward the survey to as many
exercise physiologists or students you know! The results of the survey
will be presented at the 7th ASEP National Conference in Minneapolis,
ASEP has stayed the course and will demonstrate that it is an exciting
time for professional exercise physiologists. ASEP will continue to
work hard on behalf of EPs throughout the country.
Matt Wattles, MS
President - ASEP
Ask the Professor
Q.) I would like to know
what the difference is between the certifications that your
organization offers as compared to the ACSM/ NASM/ NSCA/ ACE
A.) Dear Natalie,
This is a very good
question. To begin with, many of the certifications have a slightly
different focus or emphasis compared to others. For example, NSCA
certifications are designed more around strength and
conditioning/performance enhancement. NASM certifications have a focus
on muscular fitness, including performance enhancement, but
additionally emphasize identifying muscle imbalances and other kinetic
chain disorders along with developing an exercise plan that corrects
these problems prior to building muscular strength and power. ACSM has
a number of certifications that fall within two general categories; one
which addresses overall basic fitness for the generally healthy
population, the other which is more clinical in nature to include the
fitness needs of certain populations such as those needing cardiac
and/or pulmonary rehabilitation. Many of these certifications are
good [...while many others are not. -Ed.] with respect to
the content knowledge that they address and test. However, not all of
them test for hands-on applied skill, which is an important element
relative to professional qualifications.
The ASEP Exercise
Physiologist Certified (EPC) certification tests for both
content knowledge and hands-on applied skill. This knowledge base and
skill set are derived from what a well-rounded student graduating from
a sound exercise physiology academic program should know and be able to
What makes the ASEP
certification different from all others is that it is part of a bigger
picture to improve the professional identity and career opportunities
for the bachelors- and masters-degreed exercise physiologist. More
specifically, the EPC certification process will require that
individuals graduate from an accredited exercise physiology program in
order to become certified. This will establish higher standards and
greater continuity of the education process required for certification.
Ultimately, the ASEP goal is to have this clearly identified
educational and certification process be part of the foundation for establishing
professional licensure for exercise physiologists. Along with a
well-defined scope of practice, this will insure a clear presence in
the professional health care arena. ASEP is the only organization
working toward this particular goal for exercise physiologists.
Important Dates to Remember - Annual Meeting
& EPC Exams!
ASEP 7th Annual Meeting and Conference
(Abstract submission can be made online at www.asep.org)
January 15, 2005 Abstracts awarded
(Abstracts awarded and schedule announced
for the Annual Meeting)
February 1, 2005 Complete online survey at www.asep.org
(This information is critical in establishing key data about the
exercise physiology field.
March 5, 2005 - Exercise
Physiologist Certification Exam
Fort Wayne, IN
April 7, 2005 Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam
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 colleague.)
ASEP is a member of
the Health Profession Network
Check out the HPN Links!
And keep in mind: For more information on
professional scope of practice, professional standards and code of
ethics for exercise physiologists, accreditation of academic programs,
board certification examination, and other important tasks already
completed by ASEP in establishing a profession, visit: www.asep.org
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