Copyright ©1997-2003 
American Society of Exercise Physiologists
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Vol 7 No 10 October 2003
ISSN 1097-9743
Editor: Jesse Pittsley
The ASEPNewsletter has been published monthly since 1997.  Until 
Dr. Lonnie Lowery takes over the Editor position beginning in November, 2003, I thought it might be a good idea to highlight some of the ASEPNewsletter content from the month of October for each year up to 2003.  I hope you find the information interesting.

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From October, 1997
The power of change is an interesting idea. It is very much like a vision or a dream that says, "Let's move forward. We can do it. We can make a difference." If only we would take that step forward, the change (and commitment) would release the power to make it happen. So, from the publisher, let's get on with directing our energies toward the professionalization of exercise physiology. Let's set a course toward a destination that others will recognize as representing real progress for exercise physiologists. That destination is the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. It is the opportunity to realize a clear step ahead in effectiveness and efficiency. It is the compelling reason for everyone to stand together to catalyze change and achieve excellence.

Exercise physiologists have within their grasp the most powerful force possible in creating change. That force is an achievable vision that can change their destiny. But, unless they take note of where they are now and where they are going (i.e., without a shared vision or dream), they will very likely continue to end up on the short end of the sports medicine stick. The question is simple, "If the direction exercise physiologists are going is not where they wish to go, how can they change it?" The answer lies within them and their ability to imagine what they want and how to get there. But, first, they must want the change in direction and, second, they must be willing to work for it.

Here is the mystery! Are exercise physiologists ready for a change in the direction the profession is going? Also, are they totally committed to the outcomes (way of life) that they imagine to be true with the change? Common sense suggests that now is the time to marshal commitment to strengthen and maximize professional growth. With visionary thinking, exercise physiologists can advance new and innovative professional possibilities. The ASEP Vision (dream) is a sensible link between where they are today and their ability to compete in the twenty-first century.  ASEP Goals and Objectives point in the direction of a new view of the future of exercise physiology. It is about tomorrow and giving shape to decades of a shapeless existence. It is about becoming that which exercise physiologists have hoped for without having defined a clear direction of getting there. It is about calling forth all exercise physiologists to stand up and be counted. Each one must contribute their part by way of their specialized skills, talents, and resources to make a difference.

It may be the personal trainer at the local health and fitness club who points the way toward new job opportunities for our students. It may be the cardiac rehab specialist who sees a way to dramatically increase the application of exercise physiology in the educational-clinical settings. It may be the chair of a department of physical education or human performance who has convinced the administration to offer a new academic major (degree) in exercise physiology. It may be the athletic trainer with an academic background in exercise physiology who sees how to increase the use of exercise physiologists in sport and athletic programs. It may be the exercise physiologist who is working in corporate fitness or health promotion who comes up with an idea so new that a totally new direction is created in hiring exercise physiologists.

Where does the power come from? Why is an idea so enabling, catching, and moving? The answer is rather simple, but in itself powerful. It is the hope of something better and different. Something that an idea or a vision creates. Hope and faith are powerful motivators in creating change and providing for opportunities. With hope, there is always a chance of making progress. The power is in the belief that change will come with the idea. As a result, people are energized and compelled to commit voluntarily to achieving success.

ASEP is such a vision. It is right and timely. It is attractive and gives meaning to many exercise physiologists, particularly those without the PhD degree. It allows for a shared vision that brings exercise physiologists together with the opportunity to build their self-image and to advance the profession. Most importantly, it allows for the continued existence of the profession because without a vision of hope and financial survival, exercise physiologists are likely to continue drifting in confusion and disappointment.

From October, 1998
The American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) has a NEW President! His name is Dr. Robert A. Robergs of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Robergs is an exercise physiologist, biochemist, educator, and researcher. In addition to writing several popular exercise physiology college texts, he is also the Director of The Center For Exercise and Applied Human Physiology. The Society is in excellent hands with his guidance in the expansion of ASEP and the professionalization of exercise physiology. Within days after leaving Duluth, MN -- Dr. Robergs wrote two documents:

ASEP - President's Report
1998-1999 Goals and Objectives

ASEP's First Annual Meeting
Summary of Events, Accomplishments, and Recommendations
ASEP President
Dr. Robert A. Robergs

From the Editor, 1998:  I don't know who wrote the following piece. I found it taped on a wall in one of the academic buildings on the campus where I teach. I was taken by its simplicity yet daring qualities at a time just after the conclusion of the First Annual Meeting of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists at College of St. Scholastica, October 2-3, 1998. Yes, "It can be done!!!" 

               IT CAN BE DONE! 
               IF YOU CAN DREAM IT...It CAN be done!!! 
               IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF...It CAN be done!!! 
               IF YOU PERSIST WHEN OTHERS QUIT...It CAN be done!!! 
               IF YOU ARE WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES...It CAN be done!!! 
               IF YOU HAVE FAITH...It CAN be done!!! 
               IF YOU BREAK THROUGH YOUR FEARS...It CAN be done!!! 
               IF YOU HAVE INTEGRITY...It CAN be done!!! 
               IF YOU TRY WHEN OTHERS SAY IT'S IMPOSSIBLE...It CAN be done!!! 
               AND IF IT CAN BE DONE, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

The Good NEWS: The good news for all exercise physiologists today and down the road is that it has been done. ASEP exists, and it can only get better. To ASEP members everywhere -- Thank you. Job well done. I will always appreciate the courage it took to step forward in belief that "it can done." Again, thank you.
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH
ASEP Past-President

October is Special: Just as the ASEPNewsletterreaders are continuously seeking ways to learn more about the profession of exercise physiology, we are constantly re-examining how information can be presented to help everyone reach their goals. That is the impetus behind the recent National Meeting of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. Many exercise physiologists at the meeting felt that they had participated in the making of history. Some were particularly vocal in that regard with comments that they could not miss the meeting because of its historical significance! Not everyone understood the importance of the meeting at the beginning, but certainly after emphasis on presenting exercise physiology and its full range of professional possibilities were discussed -- the reason for attending the meeting was evident. 

We had barely gotten underway with talks about professionalization, certification, licensure, and accreditation when emphasis was placed appropriately on women in exercise physiology, the job market, standards, and ethical conduct. The presenters desire a lot of credit for their participation and thought-provoking ideas. Of course, we still have a lot to do in renaming and redesigning the profession and what exercise physiologists do to reflect on what is and what will be. 

Dr. Robert Robergs, the new ASEP President has submitted two documents that can be found on ASEP's Table of Contents website. His reports are well-organized, timely, and demonstrate a commitment to the profession. This is where, we as exercise physiologists, will begin to see things happen. Increasingly, more and more exercise physiologists will be captured by the Vision and propects of professionalization.  To be sure, this month is special in the history of exercise physiology. It is October, 1998; a time to put a spotlight on exercise physiologists. If you like what you read on the ASEP website pages and want to be part of developing a better future for all exercise physiologists, we invite you to join the growing community of ASEP members. 

What's next? What can we expect in the near future? The short answer is an exercise physiology professional that is "a cut above" the rest. We can expect some belt-tightening in academic programs; core courses that streamline the academic foundation and performance of the NEW exercise physiologist. You'll also find a precision-like expansion of opportunities as ASEP goes Global!

From October, 1999
As indicated last in the ASEPNewsletter last month, the Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists Board of Directors voted to affiliate with ASEP.  The ASEP National Office has received the "Memorandum of Understanding" (otherwise known as the "Agreement") from the President of the IAEP.  Members of the Board of the West Virginia Association of Exercise Physiologists are in discussion with the ASEP Board of Directors to consider affiliation and support of state licensure. 

President's (Dr. Robergs) Report, 1999: I hope that the summer is progressing well for all of you.  As you will read below, there have been numerous accomplishments within ASEP that I would like to inform you about.  I have received 15 research abstract submissions, and still require abstracts from the invited speakers.  The hotel has already confirmed several room reservations.  However, meeting registration applications have been slow.  I assume that potential attendees are waiting for the Fall semester to access travel money.  Nevertheless, I encourage all those who will attend the     meeting to register as soon as possible so that we can organize the seating, meals, and audiovisual necessities.  I anticipate a completed meeting schedule by September 1.  At that time I will mail copies and additional information in registration packets to registered attendees.  We will also post the final schedule to the ASEP website.   There have been many submissions over the summer.  However, I am having difficulty with the duration of the reviews during these summer months.  This is to be expected, and I request that all corresponding authors have some patience at this time.  The October issue is shaping up to be a large issue, as will be the January 2000 issue which will include manuscripts from the  ASEP Procedures Recommendations that will be presented at this years meeting.   At last we (Tommy and I) had the phone conference with officials from ACSM (James Whitehead and Barry Franklin).  This  meeting has taken almost 3 years to occur.  The content of the meeting was very biased around the needs of ACSM to better understand why ASEP exists, and what the needs of exercise physiologists are.  I have written a response letter that summarizes the meeting, and it has been mailed to all participants. The ASEP Board of Directors has some discomfort in the fact that ACSM has still not officially recognized ASEP, or indicated in any way that they support our initiatives.  I have requested to Tommy that he link the letter to this report.  In this letter I provide a detailed summary, and indicate to ACSM that if we are to work together in a mutually respectful climate, then they need to recognize that ASEP exists and ACSM should support our efforts and not compete with them.  Now that the meeting with ACSM has occurred, with little direction as to how they want to interact with ASEP, it is important to communicate with other organizations.  I will be writing to AACVPR, ADA, and APTA this month to start dialogue with them and attempt to coordinate a formal interaction.  The Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists (IAEP) unanimously agreed to sign documents to officially become affiliated with ASEP.  The IAEP has identified that ASEP will be their national organization, and agreed to coordinate their efforts through ASEP for licensure and all other issues pertaining to professionalizing exercise physiology.  This is a monumental achievement   for each of ASEP and IAEP.  For the first time in the US there is a state exercise physiology organization that is functioning under a national professional organization to improve the professional status of exercise physiologists.  Plans are underway to invite as many state exercise physiology organizations as possible to be state chapters of ASEP.   I will be scheduling a special meeting at the ASEP national meeting for discussion on formation of a new ASEP State Chapter Committee, and future directions for how this committee should function.  I suggest that if you are interested in participating on a committee that serves state chapter interests, you should plan on attending this special session. 

That is all for July.  I hope to see you in October. 
Robert Robergs, Ph.D., FASEP 
President - ASEP 
Interested in starting a Student Chapter at your institution, then contact Dr. Robert Robergs at 505-277-1196 or the ASEP National Office (218-723-6297).  The Student Chapter ByLaws and Constitution are on the Internet. The "first-ever" exercise physiology electronic journal, Be sure to click on the October 1999 issue of JEPonline.ASEP's exercise physiology journal. There are four research articles plus selected abstracts of presentations in the upcoming meeting in Albuquerque, NM.  Also, check out the article on PEPonline: Issues, Leadership, and Hope in Exercise Physiology by Tommy Boone. 

October, 1999 - PEPonline, Respecting the Dignity of Others

“Never cease to pursue the opportunity to seek something different.  Don’t be satisfied with what you’re doing.  Always try to seek a way and a method to improve upon what you’re doing, even if it’s considered contrary to the traditions of an industry.” --   Howard Marguleas
As the 21st Century approaches, exercise physiology is undergoing significant changes.  Professionalism is now a topic of concern with significant advances made in several areas: certification, licensure, and accreditation.  We in ASEP have been part of the birth of exercise physiology as a profession.  What is old and what still exist will remain for some time to come, but business is not as usual as it once was. There is competition now for the exercise physiologist who can choose between sports medicine and exercise physiology.  No longer is there just sports medicine.  No longer can sports medicine ignore exercise physiologists.  Wants and needs, personally and professionally, must be managed, and that is the goal of ASEP.  No longer will there be just certification of the exercise physiology types-of-positions by sports medicine.  By October 2000, exercise physiologists can be certified by exercise physiologists as an exercise physiologist. 

Most important of all, these changes increase the chances of exercise physiologists surviving in the health, fitness, rehabilitative, and sport fields of work.  In a relatively short period of time, there will be a new breed of exercise physiology leaders.  Their vision will lead exercise physiologists into the future with increased opportunities as professionals.  The vision will set the stage for better communication among all exercise physiologists and between them and the public. The infrastructure is in place. ASEP is dedicated to the involvement of exercise physiologists, professional improvement, and the satisfaction of its members and the public sector.  None of this is happening overnight, but it is happening and ASEP is rolling right past the competition.   It cannot be ignored, and increasingly, more exercise physiologists as students through the PhD degree have grown to understand ASEP’s importance.  It has produced unprecedented opportunities of satisfaction and hope. 

Exercise physiologists from around the world can see what’s happening in the United States.  It’s a very positive influence in pushing forward with increased communication and teamwork.  Coming together as exercise physiologists from around the world is the extra step in educating the public and in designing better work conditions within the public sector.  Striking images of new work possibilities are now possible.  Bright young college graduates can expect a better future as they come to understand the necessity of weaving things that are important to them with the basic needs and concerns of the public. Are you prepared to enter the public sector as an exercise physiologist?  Are you ready to manage your professional interests with greater ease and success?  Would you like to increase your financial value?  Are you willing to find the right graduate school to become all that is possible within you?  If so, read on.  What you read may just change your thinking about exercise physiology. 

Without wanting to berate sports medicine, the leaders of the organization have managed exercise physiology.  The result is that exercise physiology has just puttered along as if it ever had a chance to grow within the confines of sports medicine.  Rarely has it occurred, but once in a while, a leader within sports medicine tried to steer exercise physiology forward with its own niche of possibilities.  Predictably along the way, the idea was pushed aside. The almost “expert” management of exercise physiology by sports medicine leaders has kept exercise physiologists from recognizing the need to stand up and take on the responsibility of professionalism.  Sports medicine, after all, is simply doing its job and doing it very well.  The sports medicine leaders understand the importance of what exercise physiologists do (research), and they have benefited tremendously from it.  Exercise physiologists have, in other words, helped make sports medicine the valued organization that it is in the United States. 

However, what is needed in the United States is “leadership”.  Undergraduate students who are majoring in exercise science/physiology need guidance to help them achieve what they are capable of as healthcare professionals.  They need college professors with a vision for the future, and who are willing to encourage, mentor, and help establish professionalism. What exercise physiologists don’t need anymore is irresponsible management of exercise physiology through the sports medicine vision.  However, this isn’t going to happen real soon.  Sports medicine personalities feel that they have the right to oversee exercise physiology.  They don’t, of course.  In time the view that they have some natural prerogative of executive position over exercise physiology will disappear.  Then, only then, will effective communication take place between the two organizations. 

Fortunately, the change towards “leadership” in exercise physiology is taking place.  It is taking place with the ASEP committees; members who are working on behalf of the exercise physiologist.  Every ASEP member has the potential to move exercise physiology forward.  In fact, it will take the skills of all exercise physiologists who, in effect, will thereby become the founders of their vision and shared profession. Visionary leadership by “exercise physiologists for exercise physiologists” is at the gut level the right thing to do.  It is the only thing to do that makes any sense at all.  There is no retooling of exercise physiology within the sports medicine context.  Visionary leaders are those with a mental image of both the possible and the desirable future of exercise physiology.  It is about a vision of what exercise physiology ought to be, what it can be, and what it will be.  It is about establishing standards, a trusting relationship, and becoming a first-rate profession with the respect of the public.  There isn’t anything new about this.  Many other professions started with the same first steps.  It’s just that exercise physiologists have far too long avoided taking the risk of acting on shared ideas and concerns. 

Now that the infrastructure is in place, ASEP is building its membership.  Organizations get bigger across time, not all at once.  You can’t go out and pull members in by their shirt collar.  Getting the membership to sustain the vision is, in part, a function of the existing members’ dream and whatever else they believe is important to continual reinforcement of why the organization is important. What is generally obvious is that once an exercise physiologist becomes a member and gets involved in the ongoing metamorphosis of exercise physiology as an emerging profession, that person begins to see the vision as a way of life.  That person then becomes a living example to other exercise physiologists, which encourages them to join and get involved.  After all, ASEP is the only professional organization for exercise physiologists.  As a team of unified professionals, it seems only reasonable to conclude that all exercise physiologists increase their chances of becoming what they want to be by joining together, by taking risks, and by having the freedom to convey their thoughts and beliefs among peers who understand, trust, respect, and care about them. 

So, once again, what is the motivation for someone to get involved in ASEP.  The answer comes as no surprise.  It’s about helping yourself, as an exercise physiologist, and about helping other exercise physiologists and, thus the exercise physiology discipline as it moves toward the ranks of a profession.  That is the reason to want to belong to ASEP.  It is not about rocket science.  It is not about taking exercise physiologists from sports medicine.  It is about respect and dignity.  It is about treating the exercise physiologist as an exercise physiologist, not as a physiologist or a physical educator, or even a personal trainer or an exercise specialist, or a health fitness instructor.  It is about exercise physiology.  It is about listening to the concerns of exercise physiologists.  It is about ideas crying for expression.  It is about building an organization with members helping each other.  It is about creating a shared sense of purpose.  It is about preparing students for the future.  It is about providing each ASEP member the opportunity and the responsibility for shared-help in the professionalization of exercise physiology. 

 “You are what you think.” Dale Carnegie 

From October, 2000

Keynote Speaker: Per-Olof Astrand, MD

Meeting Dr. Astrand was a special moment in time and in my life.  His presence and sincerity made the meeting.  Everyone in attendance wanted a picture taken with him.  He is truly a special person.  I will never forget him, his kindness, and his willingness to participate in Albuquerque. 

Letter from the Editor:  Tommy Boone
As the first ASEP President and as an ASEP member with intense interest in creating a "certification" just for exercise physiologists, I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with some tremendous individuals who found time in their busy schedules to help with the development of the "Exercise Physiologist Certified" exam.  Most of these very important leaders in the field are identified within the front matter of the EPC Guide for Candidates.  Others include the work of Christine Mermier and her colleagues of the University of New Mexico.  Still others include Drs.Don Diboll, Richard Kreider, and Joe Weir.  We owe a great debt of appreciation to all of these professionals (including Dr. Robert Robergs who was gracious to serve 2 years as our President).  So, where possible and time permits, please consider looking thanking everyone who contributed to the realization of the EPC.  You have no doubt heard the statement, "Where do you find inspiration?"  In this message, I hope that it is obvious that ASEP members focused on developing a great certification and, frankly, it is inspiring.  Their work was done with enthusiasm, diligence, and a willingness to empower the certified exercise physiologist. 

From October, 2001
From the Editor: Dave LaBore, MA, EPC
The 4th ASEP National Meeting!  WOW...
I understand those in attendance at the recent national meeting really got something out of it.  The presentations were good, food was good, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the free breakfast and early evening social.  The stroll down the historic Beale Street for an informal gathering at Elvis Presley's Memphis for fun, food, and live music was excellent.  The food, music, and getting to know each other were important parts of the meeting.

I also understand that the new ASEP President, Dr. Richard Kreider, and other members of ASEP directed the meeting with timely precision.  In almost every case, the presentations were kept on time and everything ran very smoothly.  I want to thank all of those who participanted in making the meeting the success that I have been told.  I wish that I could have been there, but work required me to stay at home.  Not only was the "Exercise Physiologist Certified" (EPC) exam given to interested and qualified candidates, but there were 33 presentations in two days.  From looking over the "Schedule of Presentations", there were 13 research papers, 13 special topic papers, 6 professional papers, and 1 keynote speaker.  You can read the abstracts of these papers by clicking here

I am told that the keyspeaker, Dr. Paula Papanek, Director of Exercise Science, Marquette University, had two "fast-responding" screens going at the same time.  No doubt the presentation was fantastic, and meaningful in future considerations for work employment.  The title of Paula's paper tells the story:  "Baby Boomers: Physiology of Exercise Capturing the Market".  I wish that I could have been there.  Such great papers by exercise physiologists, such as Dr. Frank Wyatt of Baylor University, Dr. Tim Ziegenfuss of the Phoenix Labs and Kent State University, Dr. Lee Brown and Dr. Mike Greenwood of Arkansas State University, Darren Candow of the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Ronald Mendel of Kent State University, Dr. Robert Robergs of the University of New Mexico, Matthew Wattles, the President of the Idaho Association of Exercise Physiologists, Dr. Larry Birnbaum, Dr. Gary Gordon, Dr. Bill Simpson, Dr. Tommy Boone, and John Dargan; all of the College of St. Scholastica, Dr. Curtis Hart of San Antonio, TX, Dr. Richard Kreider, Dr. Patrician Cowan, Dr. Andy Fry, Dr. Larry Weiss; all of the University of Memphis, Dr. Lonnic Lowery of Kent State University, Dr. Lesley White of the University of Florida, Julie Dial of the University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, Dr. Darryn Willoughby of Texas Christian University, Dr. LaGary Carter of Valdosta State University.  There were also several good papers by graduates students who have either just completed the master's degree or who are in different doctorate programs.  These include Jason McCarthy of Baylor University, Erin Rademacher of the College of St. Scholastica, and Jesse Pittsley of the Unviersity of Kentucky.  All in all, you can see that the program had to be a good one. 

October 29, "Exercise Physiology Day" by Steven Jungbauer, MA, MBA, EPC
Hello everyone.  This message was posted last month, but it is so important that I thought it should be posted again.  What do you think about it?  The Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists, an affiliate association of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, is pleased to announce that Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon has proclaimed October 29th as Exercise Physiology Day. The IAEP would like to invite and encourage other states to recognize Exercise Physiologists on this day. The IAEP plans a substantial marketing campaign with press releases throughout the state.  In addition, our members will receive a small gift to recognize this day and their contributions to the field and the public. Take time today to email your governor and request that they proclaim October 29th as Exercise Physiology Day. (This can be done through email.) If you are interested in a copy of this Proclamation please email me with a fax number.

From October 2002
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.
Jesse Pittsley
Editor, ASEPNewsletter 

ASEP Update
Richard B. Kreider, PhD, EPC, FACSM, FASEP
President, American Society of Exercise Physiologists

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: 

    1.  We have been working to improve our web site.  For example, you may have noticed revised/reorganized pages, easier navigation, and that a search engine is now available to do a keyword search for ASEP publications.

    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 haven’t signed up to receive your free ASEP E-Newsletter, go to the following link to sign-up today.


      Register for ASEP email updates

    3.  Members have volunteered to help administrate various aspects of ASEP in order to help distribute the administrative load. 

    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. 

As you can see, ASEP is clearly moving forward in many positive and exciting ways.  As President, I appreciate all of your dedicated work on behalf of ASEP and encourage your continued commitment to ASEP.  It’s exciting to see that our efforts to build a better profession is gaining momentum and that many exercise physiologists throughout the U.S. and abroad are hearing and responding to our vision.  If you are not involved in helping ASEP move forward, I ask that you take steps to get involved.  Encourage your students and colleagues to become members of ASEP.  Get involved by writing articles, assisting in committee assignments, pursuing academic accreditation, and becoming a Board Certified Exercise Physiologist.  Finally, plan to attend our next annual meeting.   Together, we can make a difference!

Let Your Voice Be Heard: From time to time provocative articles are written by members of ASEP and published in PEPonline or JEPonline.  As with any journal or organization, one can not expect all members to agree with the positions taken and/or interpretations of results.  A true profession must be able to take praise and criticism.  Additionally, it is only through careful analysis and review of policies, research interpretations, and/or professional practice that professionals can confront and deal with issues that face their profession.  As President of ASEP, I don’t always agree with interpretations of research results and/or opinions raised by authors of articles.  Having an article published in one of ASEP’s journals does not mean that ASEP endorses the results and/or opinions expressed.  It simply means that reviewers of the article felt that the article was of sufficient quality to merit publication.  ASEP believes in an open forum to discuss issues of interest to EPs.  At times, opinions may be controversial, provocative, and thought provoking.  The author may express views of a minority while at other times opinions may be accepted by many.  For example, many EPs do not feel that licensure is the best course for our profession while others strongly feel that it is our only hope to develop a professional niche.  Some believe there is no need for EPs to have there own professional society while others feel it is time that EPs had their own voice.  Some feel that traditional exercise training techniques and dietary practices are all that is need to promote training adaptations while others seek to optimize the health and well-being of healthy and athletic populations by advancing the frontiers of exercise and nutrition research. 

What is so great about ASEP is that we value diversity of opinion and we don’t 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. 

It is clear that ASEP has grown in scope and professional impact.  It’s time that each ASEP member takes an active role in supporting the growth and development of an exercise physiology profession.  As President of ASEP, I ask that you to renew your dedication to ASEP and participate in a meaningful way in one or more of its activities.  ASEP has laid the foundation so that we can build a better future for exercise physiology.  Now it is up to us to make it happen.  We can make a difference through ASEP if we work together to realize our vision. 

And, now October, 2003
Here, it seems appropriate to continue with the September, 2003 ASEPNewsletter whereby numerous important facts on behalf of ASEP members continue.  Also, please take a few minutes and look at the steps taken by the ASEP leadership to continue work on your behalf.  For example, recently, Dr. Robert Robergs, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline was notified that the electronic journal is listed among other scientific publications in the Directory of Open Access Journals.  The DOAJ covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.  The aim of the service is to increase the usage and impact of such periodicals.  It was launched 12 of May this year, and it has created a lot of positive reactions already in this short time.  DOAJ is provided by Lund University, Sweden, and is supported by OSI (Open Society Institute) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).  How would this benefit the authors who publish in JEPonline?  In short, it increases visibility (i.e., dissemination of published articles worldwide free for reuse by other search services) of the JEPonline articles.  Researchers get a one stop shopping site, where they access to open access articles.  Increased access/usage lead of course to more citations, and with increased visibility, easier access and more citations, JEPonline can get higher a"impact factor".  I should point out that there are other listings of the ASEP electronic journals.  As an example, click on the site, the NewJour list of electronic journals, The University of British Columbia Library, and the Electronic Journal Miner. 

Dr. Tommy Boone indicates that Exercise Physiology is now listed among other Healthcare Professions in the "Health Professions Network".  The Health Professions Network is a gathering of health care provider organizations, educators, accreditors and administrators all concerned with exploring current issues and advancing allied health professions. This organization was established as an interactive, cooperative group where the needs of allied health, in general, are put before the needs of an individual organization. No other group has existed with the goal of bringing the varied allied health groups together.  In order to appreciate the opinions of each member of this very diverse organization, The Health Professions Network has strived to be an all inclusive and non-restrictive group. That goal has been the basis of HPN's structure and meeting format.  The Health Professions Network is a uniquely designed organization in that there are no officers or board members. HPN has intentionally maintained a loose structure so that all members have equal voice and "vote"; no member organization is more powerful than any other is. This structure encourages the interaction and group thinking that has been hallmark to the Network. Click on this page to see the listing of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists among other healthcare professions.  Dr. Boone indicates that documents are presently being developed to highlight ASEP as one of the "professions of the month".  For example, take a look at the listing by months.  "What is Music Therapy?" is particular well done.  It will serve as a template for "What is Exercise Physiology?"  Of course, all of this takes time. 

The Wisconsin Association of Exercise Physiologists has a new website.  Jason Young, MA, EPC, ATC is the President of WIAEP.  I understand that he is in conversation with the Board of Certification about the steps to offer the Exercise Physiologist Certified (EPC) exam in Wisconsin.  Within the next several months, information about each of the ASEP state organizations will be posted regarding their yearly meeting and presentation content (and speakers).  The Minnesota Association of Exercise Physiologists is sponsoring a three-hour conference at The College of St. Scholastica to discuss career opportunities for master-prepared exercise physiologists in Minnesota.  The date for the conference is September 25, 2003.  Mr. Nathan French and Erin Rademacher of Arete Healthfit are the primary speakers. 

Mr. Matt Lehn, board certified exercise physiologist of the state of Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists has just recently been added to the ASEP Board of Directors as has Mr. Matt Wattles of the Idaho Association of Exercise Physiologists.  Congratulatons to both men for their contribution to the ASEP organization.  Dr. Lonnie Lowery of the Ohio Association of Exercise Physiologists has been added to the Board of Directors, too.  Lonnie has also just recently agreed to become the "fourth" Editor of the ASEPNewsletter.  The ASEP organization is true to its vision to empower all exercise physiologists, not just those with the doctorate degree.  That is excellent news that has been consistently demonstrated with the founding of ASEP in 1997.

Of particular importance is the upcoming 6th ASEP National Meeting and Conference.  The ASEP President, Mr. Steve Jungbauer, board certified exercise physiologist, is this year's President.  He is the primary person responsible for the meeting protocol.  Just this past week, he instructed the National Office to mail several thousand postcards to help market the meeting in Indianapolis.  Knowing Steve, his MBA degree is at work figuring out the inroads into getting the 6th annual meeting before the public.  It is important that each of us do our part.  Where the opportunity arises, speak about the national meeting and conference.  If you are a college teacher, make plans to attend the meeting and bring your students along with you.  If you are in the clinical or corporate fitness setting, do the same.  Your employees would benefit greatly from the networking possibilities, educational lectures, and get-togethers with other exercise physiologists. This conference will also provide an opportunity for exercise physiologists to honor one of our professions great contributors, Dr. David Costill. Nearly, every exercise physiologist has been influenced by Dr. Costill’s research and publications. Dr. Costill will receive the American Society of Exercise Physiologist's Lifetime Achievement Award.  The 6th Annual Meeting and Conference will be held in downtown Indianapolis. Indiana is home to ASEP’s first affiliated state association, the Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists, which has graciously agreed to plan and host the meeting.  With their help, this meeting will undoubtedly be the largest and most highly attended ASEP meeting to date. 

I look forward to your participation and seeing you in Indianapolis April 1-3, 2004.  Be sure to click on the national meeting page for addition information about conference objectives, call for abstracts, conference exhibition information, the EPC exam, and hotel information.  More will be posted during the next several months.  I understand that several thousand post cards were mailed from the ASEP National Office on September 10.  Tell your friends about the meeting, and plan to attend.  As all of you know, with the upcoming of a new year, there will be the opportunity to give a little of your money to the ASEP organization to help with the expenses.  The contribution I'm referring to is the "membership fee".  Now, you can pay your membership fee by credit card.  Click on the Membership Application page and see what I mean.  Please remember to send a new updated membership application and/or renewal to the National Office.  Should you have questions, don't hesitate to contact You can also use the ASEP Public Forum.

With respect,
Jesse Pittsley 

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