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Vol 6 No 10 October 2002
Board of Directors
Code of Ethics
Conditions of Service
Conflict of Interest
Goals and Objectives
Job Search Strategies
Links-Related to EPs
4th National Meeting...
What is ASEP?
This 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.
In this issue, I have the honor to share with the ASEP readership the ASEP Update by the President of ASEP, Dr. Richard Kreider. Please note that significant progress is being made around the world on behalf of all exercise physiologists.
Richard B. Kreider, PhD, EPC, FACSM,
Professor and Chair
OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, ASEP has
moving forward full steam ahead. Not only have we been making progress
in developing a first rate organization in the United States, but we have
been making inroads in developing several international collaborations.
The following describes some of these efforts:
2. The ASEP E-Newsletter has become very popular and has served as an excellent way to update members about ASEP activities as well as obtain feedback. If you havenít signed up to receive your free ASEP E-Newsletter, go to the following link to sign-up today.
4. Ohio has been the latest state to organize as an ASEP state affiliate. Others are preparing to do so.
5. A number of universities are preparing to submit applications for accreditation with several schools recently receiving ASEP accreditation.
6. Plans are in the works to move administration of the EPC exam to Baylor University in 2003.
7. Our publications continue to make members and non-members think about various professional issues related to exercise physiology. Whether you agree or disagree with some of the commentary, the beauty of ASEP is that it serves as an open forum to discuss issues facing EPs.
8. More researchers are recognizing that JEPonline is a high quality, peer-reviewed, journal that is making an impact in the field by publishing quality articles that can be accessed by everyone in a timely manner.
9. An ASEP-EPC Manual is currently under development.
10. Our membership drive is beginning to take effect. New members are seeing the need and vision to professionalize exercise physiology and are joining ASEP, establishing student chapters, and develop state societies. If your not a member of ASEP yet, sign up today at the following link.
11. ASEP is working on developing an electronic payment method for members and an members only area on the web site.
12. ASEP is forging ahead with efforts to accredit academic programs, prepare Board Certified Exercise Physiologists, and pursuing licensure.
13. Several professional organizations in the U.S. and abroad have contacted ASEP to invite members to collaborate in conferences, workshops, and/or certification programs.
14. ASEP will be reinstituting a free job announcement service for members and institutions that are looking for qualified EPs.
15. We are making plans for our next national meeting to be held either in Las Vegas (if adequate and affordable facilities can be identified on or near the strip) or possibly at Baylor University. Details will be made available as soon as a site is finalized.
Making a Global Impact
There is a significant amount of interest in exercise physiology and sport among the media and general population. I was invited to visit Poland by Jerzy Popinigis, MD, PhD who serves as a distinguished Professor of Biochemistry at the Academy of Physical Education in Gdansku, Poland. Dr. Popinigis has conducted some seminal research on the role of exercise on mitochondrial respiration. Much of what we know about anaerobic and aerobic metabolism can be attributed to Dr. Popinigisí research efforts. For example, his work published in 1991 showed that lactate was not metabolized in the mitochodria as recently proposed by Dr. George Brooks. His findings were recently upheld in a paper published by Dr. Ken Sahlin which clearly showed that the new lactate transport/mitochondrial oxidation theory that has recently gained attention in the United States is apparently not valid. They are also doing some fascinating research on the regulatory role of protons on energy metabolism and mitochondrial respiration. Researchers in Poland have a keen interest in exercise and nutrition research.
In addition, I learned that they are experiencing many of the same difficulties regarding professional preparation and positioning of graduates that we are in the U.S. The reason I point this out is because whenever I was introduced to audiences or interviewed by media, ASEP was on the forefront. They are interested in our accreditation programs, certification programs, and journals. They see ASEP as a needed and emerging force in our profession and are eager to collaborate. I discussed with them the possibility of collaborating with ASEP in establishing a Polish Society of Exercise Physiologists as well as other professional affiliations.
In addition to this international exchange, I will be visiting Italy twice this fall representing ASEP. In November, I will be participating in a workshop on exercise programming, prescription, and nutrition that is being organized by the Federation of Italian Fitness (FIF) in Bologna, Italy. Dr. Antonio Paoli contacted ASEP on behalf of FIF and requested that we help put on an ASEP endorsed workshop for their members. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be given a certificate of participation from ASEP. We are also discussing establishing an Italian Society of Exercise Physiologists and holding the first international EPC exam in Italy in the spring of 2003. In December, I will be lecturing at another Italian fitness conference being organized by Dr. Vittorio Bianchi. Again, I will be encouraging members to participate in ASEPís efforts to professionalize our field in the U.S. and abroad. Finally, I have been contacted by a colleague in Finland about steps necessary to establish a society for exercise physiologist. In other words, it is clear that we are making an impact, that exercise physiologists all over the world are listening, and that we not only have an opportunity to move the exercise physiology profession forward in the U.S. but also abroad. If you have colleagues from abroad interested in professionalizing exercise physiology, please have them contact the ASEP national office to learn how they can become part of our vision to establish a profession for EPs.
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
What is so great about ASEP is that we value diversity of opinion and we donít all have to have identical viewpoints. This diversity of opinion may prompt some to act. For a researcher, reading a paper that is poorly referenced and/or makes inappropriate conclusions may prompt a letter to the editor. It may also prompt some to conduct a study to test the hypothesis. I have often designed studies to test a hypothesis I found difficult to accept after reading an article. With regard to professional issues, sometimes a provocative article may prompt members to respond by writing a letter to the editor, a review article presenting a contrasting viewpoint, and/or causing them to take action by getting more involved. If you read something on the ASEP page that you strongly agree or disagree with, let your voice be heard by writing a letter to the editor, a comment on the ASEP Forum, and/or a review article in PEPonline or JEPonline. We are interested in hearing from you. Our profession will only move forward if we are willing to express our ideas and challenge traditional thought.
Summary and Challenge